Gea T van de Kerkhof


Gea van de Kerkhof is a senior support scientist at I14. She is working in a combined position between Diamond Light Source and Johnson Matthey, focused on in situ measurements for the hard X-ray nanoprobe and TEM.


Techniques and Disciplines

Key research areas

In situ sample environments, 


  • Chun Lam Clement Chan, Iek Man Lei, Gea T van de Kerkhof, Richard M Parker, Kieran D Richards, Rachel C Evans, Yan Yan Shery Huang, Silvia Vignolini, 3D Printing of Liquid Crystalline Hydroxypropyl Cellulose—toward Tunable and Sustainable Volumetric Photonic Structures, Advanced Functional Materials (2022) 10.1002/adfm.202108566
  • Gea T van de Kerkhof, Lukas Schertel, Rebecca Nokjan Poon, Gianni Jacucci, Beverley J Glover, Silvia Vignolini, Disordered wax platelets on Tradescantia pallida leaves create golden shine, Faraday Discussions (2020) 10.1039/D0FD00024H
  • Lukas Schertel, Gea T van de Kerkhof, Gianni Jacucci, Laura Catón, Yu Ogawa, Bodo D Wilts, Colin J Ingham, Silvia Vignolini, Villads E Johansen, Complex photonic response reveals three-dimensional self-organization of structural coloured bacterial colonies, Journal of the Royal Society Interface (2020)  10.1098/rsif.2020.0196
  • Chun Lam Clement Chan, Mélanie M Bay, Gianni Jacucci, Roberto Vadrucci, Cyan A Williams, Gea T van de Kerkhof, Richard M Parker, Kevin Vynck, Bruno Frka‐Petesic, Silvia Vignolini, Visual Appearance of Chiral Nematic Cellulose‐Based Photonic Films: Angular and Polarization Independent Color Response with a Twist, Advanced Materials (2019) 10.1002/adma.20190515
  • Hanne M van der Kooij, Simone Dussi, Gea T van de Kerkhof, Raoul AM Frijns, Jasper van der Gucht, Joris Sprakel, Laser Speckle Strain Imaging reveals the origin of delayed fracture in a soft solid, Science Advances (2018) 10.1126/sciadv.aar1926
  • Hanne M Van Der Kooij, Gea T Van De Kerkhof, Joris Sprakel, A mechanistic view of drying suspension droplets, Soft Matter (2016)  10.1039/C5SM02406D


Gea is a senior support scientist at I14, in a combined position between the Diamond Light Source and Johnson Matthey. She works on in situ Transmission Electron Microscopy, as well as on the development of in situ sample environments for use on the hard X-ray nanoprobe.

Gea is originally from The Netherlands, where she obtained a BSc and MSc at in Molecular Life Sciences, a study programme focussed on multidisciplinary scientific research, at Wageningen University. She then did a PhD at the University of Cambridge, in the Department of Chemistry, working on structural colour in biological systems. She is a micrscopist, specialised in electron microscopy, working accross various different scientific fields.

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