Researcher vacancies available

We are happy to announce that we are currently hiring 3 scientists to join our team! We are constantly seeking to use our fantastic molecular plasmonics tools to answer intriguing biophysical questions. If you are an enthusiastic individual that shares our vision, please don’t hesitate to apply for the following positions: PhD position on protein-nanoparticle […]

Research paper published in JPC Letters

DOI: Yuyang Wang, Matěj Horáček, and Peter Zijlstra Plasmon resonances have appeared as a promising method to boost the fluorescence intensity of single emitters. However, because research has focused on the enhancement at low excitation intensity, little is known about plasmon–fluorophore coupling near the point where the dye saturates. Here we study plasmon-enhanced fluorescence […]

Research paper published in Nanoscale

Dynamic single-molecule counting for the quantification and optimization of nanoparticle functionalization protocols DOI: Matěj Horáček,  Dion J. Engels, Peter Zijlstra Applications of colloidal particles in the fields of i.e. biosensors, molecular targeting, or drug-delivery require their functionalization with biologically active and specific molecular ligands. Functionalization protocols often result in a heterogeneous population of particles with a […]

Two PhD vacancies available (filled)

These positions have been filled. We are excited to announce that two PhD vacancies are available for application at the molecular plasmonics group in Eindhoven University of Technology. PhD position on correlative super-resolution microscopy of nanoparticles (V34.4269) PhD position on responsive nanoplasmonic sensors (V34.4270) The two PhD positions are supported by The SuperCol Innovative Training […]

Gold particle shines like a flashlight on proteins

Original post can be found on the TU/e website. Peter Zijlstra recently received a Consolidator Grant of € 2 million from the European Research Council (ERC). He is using the grant for his research into making protein interactions visible by means of gold particles. In this way he hopes to be able to unravel how […]

Upcoming conference

Peter will present the group’s most recent results at the Gordon Research Conference in Hong Kong on Plasmonically Powered Processes! For the conference’s full program see

H2020 Internatinonal Training Network (ITN) grant awarded

We are happy that our ITN grant called SuperCol was awarded! This is an international training network funded by the European Union and is coördinated by Peter. The network will train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers. Several academic institutes and industrial partners across Europe will collaborate to train a new […]

Research paper published in NanoLetters

Plasmon Rulers as a Probe for Real-Time Microsecond Conformational Dynamics of Single Molecules Emiel W.A. Visser, Matěj Horáček, and Peter Zijlstra DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b03860 Biopolymers such as DNA, RNA and proteins exploit conformational changes to modulate their function. Although state-of-the-art single-molecule approaches enable identification of conformational states, the transition path and metastable intermediates often remain elusive […]

Paper published in ACS Photonics

Plasmon-Enhanced Single-Molecule Enzymology Yuyang Wang and Peter Zijlstra DOI:10.1021/acsphotonics.8b00327 We present a numerical study on plasmon-enhanced single-molecule enzymology. We combine Brownian dynamics and electromagnetic simulations to calculate the enhancement of fluorescence signals of fluorogenic substrate converted by an enzyme conjugated to a plasmonic particle. We simulate the Brownian motion of a fluorescent product away from the active […]

Rachel wins The Best Paper Award at Europtrode 2018

The Europtrode XIV in 2018 was held on 25-28th March in Naples, Italy. Rachel’s talk on plasmonic biosensors won The Paper Award. Congratulations to Rachel! The Best Paper Award is given to the best presentation (poster, oral, or invited speaker presentation) as voted by the conference attendees. It is sponsored by the journal Sensors.