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About the author#

Dr. Timon Idema

Fig. 2 Dr. Timon Idema#

Dr. Timon Idema is an associate professor at the Department of Bionanoscience at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands. Before starting his research group in Delft in 2012, Idema obtained his PhD in theoretical biophysics at the Instituut Lorentz of Leiden University (The Netherlands) and worked at the Institut Curie (Paris, France) and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA).

Idema’s group studies collective dynamics in biologically motivated systems, ranging from proteins at the nano scale to tissues and even populations at the micro- and macro scale. A theorist himself, Idema frequently collaborates and co-publishes with experimental groups. He also teaches a number of courses at TU Delft, ranging from introductory physics to courses on soft matter and geometry that take students to the cutting edge of current research. Since the fall of 2020, Idema leads the joint-degree MSc Nanobiology programme of TU Delft and the Erasmus MC Rotterdam. For his educational work, Idema received various prizes, including the faculty of applied sciences Teacher of the Year in 2019, the J.B. Westerdijkprize in 2020, a TU Delft education fellowship (2020-2022), an open education ambassador award (2023), and a SURF education award (2023).

For more details on his group’s research and teaching activities, visit their website at

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How to cite this book#

T. Idema, Introduction to particle and continuum mechanics, TU Delft Open, 2023, doi 10.59490/tb.81.