Assoc. Prof. Peter Zijlstra

Associate Professor of Molecular Plasmonics, Molecular Biosensing group

Supervisor ESR9

“Being part of Consense provides a great opportunity to expand our network regarding biomolecular engineering and biosensing. We look forward to establishing new collaborations and training students at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology.”

Peter Zijlstra is an associate professor of Molecular Plasmonics in the research group for Molecular Biosensing, a joint group of the TU/e departments of Applied Physics and Biomedical Engineering. He develops approaches for single molecule sensing with the aim to study individual biomolecules in complex environments. In particular, his research focuses on single-molecule detection using plasmonic and fluorescent approaches. His research group combines concepts from single-molecule microscopy, plasmonics, super-resolution microscopy and modelling to develop novel sensing concepts.

Peter Zijlstra studied Applied Physics at the University of Twente, where he obtained his MSc degree in 2005. In 2009, he received his PhD from Swinburne University of Technology, where he studied the photothermal properties of single plasmonic nanoparticles with applications in optical data storage. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Prof. Michel Orrit at Leiden University he moved to Eindhoven University of Technology where he supervises a team of researchers in the area of single-molecule sensing.

RE Armstrong, M Horáček, P Zijlstra, Plasmonic Assemblies for Real‐Time Single‐Molecule Biosensing, Small 16 (52), 2003934 (2020)

M Horáček, DJ Engels, P Zijlstra, Dynamic single-molecule counting for the quantification and optimization of nanoparticle functionalization protocols, Nanoscale 12, 4128-4136 (2020)

RE Armstrong, W van Liempt, P Zijlstra, Effect of Film Thickness on the Far-and Nearfield Optical Response of Nanoparticle-on-Film Systems, J. Phys. Chem. C 123, 25801–25808 (2019)

EWA Visser, M Horáček, P Zijlstra, Plasmon Rulers as a Probe for Real-Time Microsecond Conformational Dynamics of Single Molecules, Nano letters 18, 7927-7934 (2018)

AB Taylor, P Zijlstra, Single-molecule plasmon sensing: current status and future prospects, ACS sensors 2, 1103-1122 (2017)

MA Beuwer, MWJ Prins, P Zijlstra, Stochastic protein interactions monitored by hundreds of single-molecule plasmonic biosensors, Nano letters 15, 3507-3511 (2015)