Nathalie Katsonis


Nathalie Katsonis was born in Austria. She received a PhD from the University Paris 6 (France) in 2004, working on the nanoscale probe of molecular self-assemblies. She then joined the group of Prof. Ben Feringa at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) as a postdoctoral fellow, extending her research interests to the self-assembly of artificial motors and photo-switches. In 2008 she became Associate Researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS Toulouse, France). In 2011 she moved to the University of Twente (the Netherlands), where she is currently Professor of chemistry. Nathalie Katsonis is the recipient of a number of research grants, including an ERC Starting Grant and a Vidi Grant from the Dutch Science Foundation. She is member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected to the Global Young Academy. The research interests of her group include the design, synthesis and operation of molecular machines, and the development of bio-inspired and stimuli-responsive materials.

The complete Curriculum Vitae of Nathalie Katsonis can be found here: CV June 2018


Awards and grants

  • 2017    Gold Medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society
  • 2017    ECHO grant from the Dutch Science Foundation
  • 2016    Athena Award from the Dutch Science Foundation
  • 2014    De Jonge Akademie of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2014    FOM Projectruimte (from the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter)
  • 2012    University of Twente "Prof. De Winter Prize"
  • 2012    Aspasia Grant from the Dutch Science Foundation
  • 2012    ERC Starting Grant
  • 2012    international Exchange Grant from the Royal Society
  • 2011    U-Twist Fellowship of the University of Twente
  • 2010    Vidi grant from the Dutch Science Foundation
  • 2004    Veni Grant from the Dutch Science Foundation


Invited lectures

  • 2017    International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, Cambridge
  • 2017    GRC Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors, USA
  • 2017    GRC Supramolecular Materials, Switzerland
  • 2016    Colloquium of the Royal Academy, The Netherlands
  • 2016    International Liquid Crystal Conference, USA
  • 2016    Molecular rotors, motors and switches, Telluride, USA
  • 2016    Molecular switches and functional surfaces, Germany
  • 2016    Anisotropy and shape in biological materials, Lorentz Center
  • 2016    First Middle-Eastern Materials Science Conference, Abu Dhabi
  • 2016    FOM Dagen focus session on materials, The Netherlands
  • 2015    GRC Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors, USA
  • 2014    EuCheMs Young Investigators Workshop, Cyprus
  • 2014    Symposium of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, The Netherlands