Thom Palstra new rector of the University of Twente

| Michaela Nesvarova

Thom Palstra will be the new Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente. Professor Thom Palstra will be appointed on the 25th of November 2016 during the Dies Natalis ceremony. As of that day, Palstra will officially replace the current rector, Ed Brinksma, who has been in the office since 2009.

Photo by: Gijs van Ouwerkerk

Thom Palstra, who is currently a professor at the University of Groningen, has had a long career as a scientist. The domain of his research is chemistry, physics and nanotechnology. He received his doctorate at the University of Leiden and he has worked at the University of Groningen since 1996. On top receiving a number of scientific awards and prizes, Palstra has been a member of KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) and, for instance, the Hollandsche Academie der Wetenschappen (Dutch Academy of Sciences). We can also mention that Palstra now holds the position of the scientific director of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials in Groningen or that he has been chosen as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

'I see the University of Twente as a young, vibrant university with a strong international reputation,' says Professor Palstra about his soon-to-be professional home. 'I look forward to working together with the students and staff on further development of this university.'