Hosted by: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Raoul Frese, born Amsterdam 1969, studied physics at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2002, specialising in biophysics of photosynthesis. He continued his research at Twente University (NL), Leiden University (NL) and Rutgers University New Brunswick (USA). He is a recipient of two investigator grants from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO, Veni and Vidi vernieuwingsimpuls grants) and multiple other grants form various funding agencies to establish his research in biohybrid solar cells at Vrije Universiteit where he and his team investigate the possibilities to interconnect photosynthetic materials to (semi-)conducting substrates for biosensors and solar energy harvesting.
He is educational program director of the science for energy and sustainability master program, a joint degree of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit for which he developed and teaches several courses.
At Vrije Universiteit, Frese established a laboratory, Hybrid Forms, for artscience collaborations and methodology development where artists, designers and scientists join forces for research and development for sustainable technology and materials as well as reflections on science and society. Aided by funding and prizes from national and international organizations (Bio-art and design award, STARTS, applied and engineering sciences, Creative Europe) artists can set up their studio's at the physics department and conduct research with scientists and students. Raoul Frese participates in the Scientists in Residency program of GLUON (Brussels, Belgium) where he is a resident scientist of Manthia Diawara, a filmmaker and Director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs at NYU.