Tristan du Pree appointed professor of particle physics at University of Twente

22 December 2022

Nikhef physicist Tristan du Pree has been appointed professor of High Energy Physics at the University of Twente in Enschede effective January 1, 2023.

Du Pree (Rotterdam, 1982) is an experimental physicist and affiliated with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC accelerator at CERN. His research interests include the properties of the Higgs particle discovered in 2012 and its role in the particle world.

The Higgs particle has played a central role in contemporary particle research since its discovery, as it determines the mass of the elementary particles.

Staff member

Du Pree has been a staff member of Nikhef as a researcher with a NWO-Vidi grant since 2017. He studied theoretical physics in Utrecht and received his PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on research at the CMS experiment at CERN. He then worked as a postdoc at the University Louvain la Neuve and as a Research Fellow at CERN.

For several years, Du Pree has taught the lecture “Introduction to High Energy Physics” in Applied Physics at UTwente, a popular elective among students. At Nikhef, he works with students and PhD students to study measurement data from ATLAS.


He also represents Nikhef in consultations on a new particle accelerator at CERN, the so-called FCC. In addition, he is coordinator for improvements to the muon detectors in the ATLAS collaboration.

Du Pree sees many areas in which the University of Twente and Nikhef can strengthen each other. “I’m going to enjoy working as a professor, both in education and research. At the same time, we will also work on synergies in the research line of Nikhef and the University of Twente, for example in the field of particle detectors, cooling techniques and superconducting magnets for our particle physics experiments.”