When Morphology Matters
I am Joachim Loos a renowned scientist in the area of soft matter and polymers, and founder of MORPHYS. (Researcher ID: C-3531-201)
MORPHYS has outstanding expertise on the morphological features of soft matter and polymers. MORPHYS is located in the heart of Europe (Maastricht) and operates globally.

My career highlights


  • > 180 Publications, H-Index 54 (2021), > 65 Keynote/Invited lectures
  • Supervision of >50 Bachelor/Master students, 16 PhD students, 10 postdocs
  • Principal Investigator of > 20 research grants
  • Organizer and co-organizer of > 30 international conferences/conference sessions
  • Advisor of national and international research programs
  • Reviewer for several national science foundations
  • Reviewer for renowned peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Some patents, e.g. joint inventor of PURE©


  • Leadership Team member of the Materials Science Center, DSM’s shared Materials Research Facility
  • Principal Investigator of internal research & technology programs and projects, and external Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects at DSM
  • Leading scientist, responsible for the “Competence Morphology” and the “Competence Area Materials Characterization” at DSM
  • Scientific advisor for IP filing and tackling of infringements
  • Scientific advisor for Royal Lankhorst / Euronete

Passion for science & technology

  • Broad background on materials sciences and engineering, focus on soft matter and polymers.
  • Deep knowledge on steering materials’ morphology/structure towards optimum product performances. Application examples are polymer blends, structural composites, organic electronics, functional nanocomposites, and Covid-19 driven anti-viral coatings.
  • Renowned expert for high-resolution microscopy characterization of soft matter and polymers, focus on Electron Microscopy (TEM and SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).

Experienced team and project leader/member

  • Bringing together and foster multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, e.g. in European research projects or DSM’s global competence development projects.
  • Initiating and creating “flow” in a team by inspiring, engaging and motivating, encouraging, and empowering the team.
  • Awareness for own and other’s strengths and improvement points, i.e. being skilful in listening, asking through, and asking for feedback, and good sense when and how to involve different experts to fill the gaps.
  • Drive for solutions, i.e. mastering various approaches towards conclusive results.


“Joachim brings his science and contributions with a smile!” “We enjoy your enthusiasm for R&D”.
“We appreciate next to your expertise obviously, your kindness and good spirit that you always brought to the room wherever you went”.
“Honestly, I miss our chats, I really would like to catch up with you and having a tip or two in this moment”.

CV in a nutshell

05.07.2021 – present

Founder of “MORPHYS, Advisor, Maastricht, The Netherlands

01.10.2019 – 30.03.2020

Principal Scientist “Competence Morphology & Chemical Imaging”, DSM, The Netherlands

01.10.2015 – 30.09.2019

Senior Science Fellow “Materials Characterization”, DSM, The Netherlands

01.05.2012 – 30.09.2015

Principal Scientist “Competence Morphology”, DSM, The Netherlands 

01.02.2010 – 30.04.2012

Professor in Physics & Director of the Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Center, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

01.12.2009 – 31.01.2010

Associate Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

01.10.2001 – 30.11.2009

Assistance Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

01.09.1997 – 30.09.2001

Research Fellow of the Dutch Polymer Institute, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

01.08.1996 – 31.08.1997

Scientific Head of the Central Electron Microscopy Facility, University of Dortmund, Germany

01.04.1993 – 31.07.1996

PhD in Physics, University of Dortmund, Germany


01.05.2012 – 31.12.2014

Honorary Research Associate, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

01.12.2012 – 30.11.2013

Visiting Professor at EMAT (Electron Microscopy for Materials Science), University of Antwerp, Belgium

01.10.2009 – 30.09.2011

Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Beijing, China
Principal Investigator of a research project and responsible for coaching Master/PhD students

04.07.1983 – 30.09.1984

Obligatory military service at German Navy


When Morphology Matters


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This website is updated on October 2021