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Thijs Kouwenhoven (柯文采) is Head of the Department of Physics at the School of Science at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Before moving to XJTLU, he was a Bairen research professor (百人计划研究员) at the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University. Thijs was born in the Netherlands, and spent time at the Leiden Observatory, the University of Amsterdam, and Sheffield University. His research focuses mainly on the dynamical evolution of planetary systems, binary/multiple systems, and star clusters.

Mattheus Bartholomeus Nicolaas Kouwenhoven
  • Qualifications

    • Ph.D. , Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, - 2006
    • M.Sc , Leiden Observatory, University of Leiden, Leiden - 2002
  • Experience

    • 2019-present: Head of Department, Department of Physics, School of Science, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
    • 2019-present: Honorary Associate in Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
    • 2018-2019: Head of the Physics Division, Mathematics Sciences cluster, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
    • 2018-present: Senior Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
    • 2016-2019: Honorary Teaching Staff in Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
    • 2016-2018: Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
    • 2009-2016: Bairen Reseach Professor (Hundred Talent Program) in Astrophysics, Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University, China
    • 2009-2011: Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation (PPGF) Fellow, International Astronomical Union (IAU)
    • 2006-2009: PPARC/STFC Research Associate, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Sheffield, UK
  • Articles

    • Flammini Dotti, F, Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Cai, M.X., & Spurzem, R. " Planetary systems in a star cluster I: the Solar system scenario" MNRAS, 2019, 489, 2, 2280
    • Cai, M.X., Portegies Zwart, S.F., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., & Spurzem, R. "On the survivability of planets in young massive clusters" MNRAS, 2019, 489, 3, 4311
    • Sun, L. Ioannidis, P., Gu, S., Schmitt, J.H.M.M., Wang, X., & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Kepler-411: a four-planet system with an active host star" A&A, 2019, 624, 15
    • Zhong, J., Chen, L., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Li, L., & Hou, J.L. "The substructure and halo population of the Double Cluster h and χ Persei" A&A, 2019, 624, 34
    • Huijser, H., Wilson, J., Wu, Y., Qiu, S., Wang, K., Li, S., Chen, W., & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Putting student partnership and collaboration centre-stage in a research-led context: A case study of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship programme at XJTLU" IJSaP, 2019, 3, 160
    • Zheng, X.C., Lin, D.N.C., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Mao, S.D., & Zhang, X.J. "Clearing residual planetesimals by sweeping secular resonances in transitional disks: a lone-planet scenario for the wide gaps in debris disks around Vega and Fomalhaut" ApJ, 2017, 849, 98
    • Hong, J.S., de Grijs, R., Askar, A., Berczik, P., Li, C.Y., Wang, L., Deng, L.C., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Giersz, M., & Spurzem, R. "The dynamical origin of multiple populations in intermediate-age clusters in the Magellanic Clouds" MNRAS, 2017, 472, 67
    • Cai, M.X., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Portegies Zwart, S.F. & Spurzem, R. "Stability of Multiplanetary Systems in Star Clusters" ApJ, 2017, 470, 4337
    • Zheng, X.C., Lin, D.N.C., & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Planetesimal clearing and size-dependent asteroid retention by secular resonance sweeping during the depletion of the solar nebula" ApJ, 2017, 836, 207
    • Li Y., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Stamatellos, D. & Goodwin, S.P. "The long-term dynamical evolution of disc-fragmented multiple systems in the Solar Neighborhood" ApJ, 2016, 831, 166
    • Wang, L., Spurzem, R, Aarseth, S., Giersz, M., Askar, A., Berczik, P., Naab, T., Schadow, R., & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "The DRAGON simulations: globular cluster evolution with a million stars" MNRAS, 2016, 458, 1450
    • Priyatikanto, R., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Arifyanto, M.I., Wulandari, H.R.T., & Siregar, S. "The dynamical fate of binary star clusters in the Galactic tidal field" MNRAS, 2016, 457, 1339
    • Zheng, X.C., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & Wang, L. "The dynamical fate of planetary systems in young star clusters" MNRAS, 2015, 453, 2759
    • Cai, M., Meiron, Y., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Assman, P. & Spurzem, R. "Block Time Step Storage Scheme for Astrophysical N-body Simulations" ApJ Supplements, 2015, 219, 31
    • Wang, L., Spurzem, R., Aarseth, S., Nitadori, K., Berczik, P., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., & Naab, T. "NBODY6++GPU: Ready for the gravitational million-body problem" MNRAS, 2015, 450, 4070
    • Li Y., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Stamatellos, D. & Goodwin, S.P. "The dynamical evolution of low-mass hydrogen-burning stars, brown dwarfs and planetary-mass objects formed through disc fragmentation" ApJ, 2015, 805, 116
    • Wang, L., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Zheng, X.C., Church, R.P. & Davies, M.B. "Close encounters involving free-floating planets in star clusters" MNRAS, 2015, 449, 3545
    • Maxwell, M.P., Rushton, M.T., Darnley, M.J., Worters, H.L., Bode, M.F., Evans, A., Eyres, S.P.S., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Walter, F.M., & Hassall, B.J.M. "Erratum: He abundance in the ejecta of U Sco" MNRAS, 2015, 448, 3414 419
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Goodwin, S.P., de Grijs, R., Rose, M. & Kim, Sungsoo S. "How does a low-mass cut-off in the stellar IMF affect the evolution of young star clusters?" MNRAS, 2014, 445, 2256
    • Dicken, D., Tadhunter, C., Morganti, R., Axon, D., Robinson, A., Magagnoli, M., Kharb, P., Ramos Almeida, C., Mingo, B., Hardcastle, M., Nesvadba, N.P.H., Singh, V., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Rose, M., Spoon, H., Inskip, K.J. & Holt, J. "Spitzer Mid-IR Spectroscopy of Powerful 2Jy and 3CRR Radio Galaxies. II. AGN Power Indicators and Unification" ApJ, 2014, 788, 98
    • Wang, L., Berczik, P. Spurzem, R. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "The Link Between Ejected Stars, Hardening and Eccentricity Growth of Super Massive Black Holes in Galactic Nuclei" ApJ, 2014, 780, 164
    • Hao, W., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & Spurzem, R. "The dynamical evolution of multi-planet systems in open clusters" MNRAS, 2013, 433, 867
    • de Grijs, R., Li, C.Y., Zheng, Y., Deng, L.C., Hu, Y., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & Wicker, J.E. "Gravitational conundrum? Dynamical mass segregation versus disruption of binary stars in dense stellar systems" ApJ, 2013, 765, 4
    • Perets, Hagai B. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "On the origin of planets at very wide orbits from re-capture of free floating planets" ApJ, 2012, 750, 83
    • Dicken, D., Tadhunter, C., Axon, D., Morganti, R., Robinson, A., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Spoon, H., Kharb, P., Inskip, K.J., Holt, J., Ramos Almeida, C., & Nesvadba, N.P.H. "Spitzer mid-IR spectroscopy of powerful 2Jy and 3CRR radio galaxies. I. Evidence against a strong starburst-AGN connection in radio-loud AGN" ApJ, 2012, 745, 172
    • Maxwell, M.P., Rushton, M.T., Darnley, M.J., Worters, H.L., Bode, M.F., Evans, A., Eyres, S.P.S., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Walter, F.M., & Hassall, B.J.M. "The Helium Abundance in the Ejecta of U Scorpii" MNRAS, 2012, 419, 1465
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Goodwin, S.P., Parker, Richard J., Davies, M.B., Malmberg, D., & Kroupa, P. "The formation of very wide binaries during the star cluster dissolution phase" MNRAS, 2010, 404, 1835
    • Bik, A., Puga, E., Waters, L.B.F.M., Horrobin, M., Henning, Th., Vasyunina, T., Beuther, H., Linz, H., Kaper, L., van den Ancker, M., Lenorzer, A., Churchwell, E., Kurtz, S., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Stolte, A., de Koter, A., Thi, W-.F., Comeron, F., & Waelkens, Ch. "Sequential Star Formation in RCW 34: A Spectroscopic Census of the Stellar Content of High-mass Star-forming Regions" ApJ, 2010, 713, 883
    • Parker, R.J., Goodwin, S.P, Kroupa, P. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Do binaries in clusters form in the same way as in the field?" MNRAS, 2009, 397, 1577
    • Allison, R.J., Goodwin, S.P., Parker, R.J., de Grijs, R., Portegies Zwart, S.F. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Dynamical mass segregation in a very short timescale" ApJ Letters, 2009, 700, 99
    • Goodwin, S.P. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "What does a universal initial mass function imply about star formation?" MNRAS, 2009, 397, 36
    • Allison, R.J., Goodwin, S.P., Parker, R.J., Portegies Zwart, S.F., de Grijs, R. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Using the minimum spanning tree to trace mass segregation" MNRAS, 2009, 395, 1449
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Brown, A.G.A., Goodwin, S.P., Portegies Zwart, S.F. & Kaper, L. "Exploring the consequences of pairing algorithms for binary stars" A&A, 2009, 493, 979
    • de Grijs, R., Goodwin, S.P., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & Kroupa, P. "Open cluster stability and the effects of binary stars" A&A, 2008, 492, 685
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., & de Grijs, R. "The effect of binaries on the dynamical mass of star clusters" A&A, 2008, 480, 103
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Brown, A.G.A., Portegies Zwart, S.F. & Kaper, L. "The primordial binary population II: Recovering the binary population for intermediate-mass stars in Scorpius OB2" A&A, 2007, 474, 77
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Bureau, M., Kim, S., & de Zeeuw, P.T. "Optical BVI imaging and HI synthesis observations of the dwarf irregular galaxy ESO 364-G 029" A&A, 2007, 470, 123
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Brown, A.G.A., & Kaper, L. "A brown dwarf desert for intermediate mass stars in Sco OB2?" A&A, 2007, 464, 581
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Brown, A.G.A., Zinnecker, H., Kaper, L. & Portegies Zwart, S.F. "The primordial binary population I: A near-infrared adaptive optics search for close visual companions to A star members of Scorpius OB2" A&A, 2005, 430, 137
  • Proceedings

    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Planetary systems in dense stellar environments" Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 2019, in press
    • Darma, R., Arifyanto, M.I. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "The Formation of Binary Star Cluster in Our Galaxy from Fractal Distribution" Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Volume 1231, Issue 1, article id. 012028
    • Doran, R., Chaparro, G., Farmanyan, S.V., Forero-Romero, J.E., Perez Henao, A.P., Insiri, W., Khasawneh, A., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Latas, J., Mickaelian, A.M., Mikayelyan, G.A., Miley, G., Mutembo, L.M., Okere, B., Russo, P., Simpemba, P.C., Willebrands, M. & Mamo Yacob, A. "Overview of IAU OAD Regional Offices and Language Centres" Astronomy for the developing world, International Astronomical Union Proceedings Series, General Assembly XXX, Vienna, 2018, in press
    • Flammini, F.M., Cai, M.X., Spurzem, R. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Planetary Systems in Star Clusters: the dynamical evolution and Survival" Origins: from the protosun to the first steps of life, International Astronomical Union Proceedings Series, General Assembly XXX, Vienna, 2018, in press
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Li, Y., Stamatellos, D., & Goodwin, S.P. "Circumstellar disk fragmentation and the origin of massive planetary companions, brown dwarfs, and very low-mass stars" Origins: from the protosun to the first steps of life, International Astronomical Union Proceedings Series, General Assembly XXX, Vienna, 2018, in press
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Astronomy for Development in East-Asia" Astronomy for the developing world, International Astronomical Union Proceedings Series, General Assembly XXX, Vienna, 2018, submitted
    • Spurzem, R., Wang, L., Berczik, P., Huang, S.Y., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & Naab, Thorsten "News from Black Holes in Star Clusters simulated with large GPU clusters" International Conference on Supercomputing, 2017
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Shu, Q., Cai, M.X., & Spurzem, R. "Planetary Systems in Star Clusters" Memorie della Societa Astronomica Italiana, 87, 630, 2016
    • Cai, M.X., Spurzem, R. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Planetary Systems in Star Clusters" Star Clusters and Black Holes in Galaxies across Cosmic Time, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, 312, 235, 2016
    • Wang, L., Spurzem, R., Aarseth, S., Nitadori, K., Berczik, P., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & Naab, T. "Acceleration of hybrid MPI parallel NBODY6++ for large N-body globular cluster simulations" Star Clusters and Black Holes in Galaxies across Cosmic Time, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, 312, 260, 2016
    • Hao, W., Spurzem, R., Naab, T., Wang, L., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Amaro-Seoane, P. & Mardling, R.A. "Resonant motions of supermassive black hole triples" Star Clusters and Black Holes in Galaxies across Cosmic Time, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, 312, 101, 2016
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "The origin and evolution of very wide binary stars" Binary Systems, their Evolution and Environments, A Conference held 1-5 September, 2014 at Mongolia-Japan Centre, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2014
    • Hao, W. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "The Cumulative Effect of Stellar Encounters on Multi-Planet Systems in Star Clusters" Formation, Detection, and Characterization of Extrasolar Habitable Planets, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 293, pp. 171-173
    • Maxwell, M.P., Rushton, M.T., Darnley, M.J., Worters, H.L., Bode, M.F., Evans, A., Eyres, S.P.S., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Walter, F.M., & Hassall, B.J.M. "The Helium Abundance in the Ejecta of U Scorpii" Binary Paths to Type Ia Supernovae Explosions, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 2013, 281, 190
    • Berczik, P., Spurzem, R., Zhong, S., Wang, L., Nitadori, K., Hamada, T., & Veles, A. "Up to 700k GPU cores, Kepler, and the Exascale future for simulations of star clusters around black holes" Procs. of 28th Intl. Supercomputing Conf. ISC 2013, Leipzig, Germany, June 16-20, 2013. Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 7905, pp. 13-25
    • Hao, W. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "The cumulative effect of distant stellar encounters on multi-planet systems in star clusters" EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011, held 2-7 October 2011 in Nantes, France
    • Sese, R.M.D. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Developing Astronomy Research and Education in the Philippines" Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, Volume 10, Issue H16 (Highlights of Astronomy), August 2012 , p. 568
    • ouwenhoven, M.B.N. "The formation and evolution of star clusters and planetary systems" in the Proceedings of the IAU-Vietnam workshop on Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2011
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Goodwin, S.P., Davies M.B., Parker, R.J., Kroupa, P., & Malmberg, D. "The origin of very wide binary stars" in the Proceedings of the 9th Pacific-Rim Conference on Stellar Astrophysics, 2011
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Goodwin, S.P., Parker, Richard J., Davies, M.B., Malmberg, D., & Kroupa, P. "The origin of very wide binary systems" In "Star clusters: basic galactic building blocks throughout time and space", Proceedings IAU Symposium, 2010, 266, 438
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Goodwin, S.P., Parker, Richard J., Davies, M.B., Malmberg, D., & Kroupa, P. "The formation of very wide binaries" In "BINKEY: Binaries - a Key to Comprehension of the Universe", 2010, 163
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & de Grijs, R. "How do binaries affect the derived dynamical mass of a star cluster?" In Astrophysics and Space Science, Volume 324, 2-4, 171, 2009
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., & Goodwin, S.P. "What does the IMF really tell us about star formation?" In "IAU Symposium 262 "Stellar Populations - Planning for the Next Decade", 2009
    • Torres, J.R.F. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "Program Offerings in Astronomy in the Philippines" In "Astronomy Education between Past and Future", Proceedings IAU SP4, ed. Ian F Corbett, 2009
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Brown, A.G.A., Goodwin, S.P., Portegies Zwart, S.F. & Kaper, L. "Pairing mechanisms for binary stars" In "Galactic and stellar dynamics in the era of high-resolution surveys", eds. C. Boily, F. Combes, G. Hensler, 2008
    • de Grijs, R., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & Goodwin, S. "What do dynamical cluster masses really tell us about dynamics?" In "Galactic and stellar dynamics in the era of high-resolution surveys", eds. C. Boily, F. Combes, G. Hensler, 2008
    • Puga, E., Bik, A., Waters, L.B.F.M., Henning, Th., Kaper, L., Van den Ancker, M., Lenorzer, A., Churchwell, E., Kurtz, S., Rodon, J.A., Vasyunima, T., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Beuther, H., Linz, H., Horrobin, M., Stolte, A., de Koter, A., Thi, W.F., Martin-Hernandez, N.L., Ancke, B., Comeron, F., van der Plas, G., Waelkens, Ch., Dominik, C. & Feldt, M. "Probing the early evolution of young high-mass stars" In "Massive star formation: observations confront theory", eds. H. Beuther, H. Linz, Th. Henning, 2008
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & de Grijs, R. "Binaries and the dynamical mass of star clusters" In "Dynamical Evolution of Dense Stellar Systems", eds. E. Vesperini, M. Giersz, A. Sills, 2007
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Brown, A.G.A., Portegies Zwart, S.F., & Kaper, L. "Finding the primordial binary population in Sco OB2: on the interpretation of binary star observations" In "Binary stars as critical tools and tests in contemporary astrophysics", IAU Symposium 240
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. "The primordial binary population in OB associations" ESO Workshop on Multiple Stars across the H-R Diagram, held in Garching, 12-15 July 2005
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Portegies Zwart, S.F., Gualandris, A., Brown, A.G.A., Kaper, L. & Zinnecker, H. "Recovering the primordial binary population using simulating observations of simulations" Astronomische Nachrichten, 2004, 325, Suppl. 1, 101
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Brown, A.G.A., Zinnecker, H., Kaper, L., Portegies Zwart, S.F., & Gualandris, A. "A search for close companions in Sco OB2" Workshop on 'Science with Adaptive Optics', eds. W. Brandner & M. Kasper, 103
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Brown, A.G.A., Gualandris, A., Kaper, L., Portegies Zwart, S.F., & Zinnecker, H. "The primordial binary population in OB associations" "Star Formation at High Angular Resolution", IAU Symposium 221
    • Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Brown, A.G.A., Kaper, L., & Portegies Zwart, S.F. "The primordial binary population in Scorpius-Centaurus" Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica, 2004, 21, 139
  • Grants

    • 2019-2021, XJTLU PGRS PhD Scholarship
    • 2018-2020, XJTLU PGRS PhD scholarship
    • 2018-2019, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Settlement Challenge, RMB 101,380
    • 2018-2018, XJTLU SURF Research Project Fund (two student scholarships)
    • 2017-2019, XJTLU Research Development Fund, RMB 65,470
    • 2017-2020, XJTLU PGRS PhD Scholarship
    • 2017-2017, XJTLU SURF Research Project Fund (three student scholarships)
    • 2016-2019, NSFC General Program (面上), RMB 800,000
    • 2012-2014, CAS-Templeton Research Grant, RMB 200,000
    • 2012-2015, NSFC General Program (面上), RMB 750,000
    • 2011-2011, NSFC Research Fund for International Young Scientists, RMB 100,000
    • 2010-2010, NSFC Directors Discretionary Fund, RMB 100,000
    • 2010-2012, Peking University 985 Fund, RMB 450,000
    • 2009-2011, IAU PPGF Fellowship Award, US$ 50,000
  • Courses taught

    • XJTLU - PHY006 - Electromagnetism (2019 - present)
    • XJTLU - PHY004 - Classical Mechanics (2019 - present)
    • XJTLU - MTH301 - Final Year Project (2016 - present)
    • XJTLU - PHY002 - Physics (2017 - 2018)
    • XJTLU - MTH017 - Linear Algebra (2016 - present)
    • Peking University - Introduction to Astronomy (2009)
    • Peking University - Modern Astronomy (2010-2016)
  • Awards and honours

    • 2013 Second Prize, Peking University 13th Young Teachers Contest
    • 2012 Second Prize, Peking University 12th Young Teachers Contest
    • 2012 Third Prize, Beijing Astronomical Society 11th Excellent Research Paper Award for Young Scientists
    • 2012 Third Prize, Beijing Municipality University Young Teachers Contest
    • 2012 Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Beijing Astronomical Society
    • 2009 Gruber Fellowship Prize, International Astronomical Union
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 8816-1619
  • Email

    T.KOUWENHOVEN@xjtlu.edu.cn
  • Address

    Department of Mathematical Sciences, room MB552
    Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)
    No.111 Ren'ai Road
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park
    Suzhou
    P.R.China
    215123