Research interests

The main focus of our research group is the dynamical evolution of star clusters, planetary systems, and binary/multiple stellar systems. Most importantly, our aim for the near future is to find out what happens to planetary systems after they have formed in dense stellar environment. To this end, we also study planet formation, the formation of stars and brown dwarfs, and the evolution of star clusters in galactic environments. Moreover, our we also investigate the dynamical evolution of our solar system and known exoplanetary systems, focusing on planets, moon systems, asteroid belts, and circumstellar disks. Most of our studies are computational in nature, and much effort is devoted to developing new software that is able to realistically model the physical processes that occur while planets form and evolve. My primary research consortions include the NAOC/KIAA Silk Road Project, and the MODEST collaboration. There are many opportunities to join the team. Please contact me if you would like to join us as a postdoctoral researcher (博士后), a research assistant, a PhD student, a FYP (Final Year Project) student, a SURF student, or a visiting internship student!

Selected research grants

  • 2017-2019, XJTLU Research Development Fund, RMB 65,470
  • 2017-2020, XJTLU Research Offfice PhD Scholarship Fund (one 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

Selected research/teaching awards

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

Refereed publications

Team members (including students in our research group) are underlined.

pdf 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, in press

pdf 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

pdf Cai, M.X., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Portegies Zwart, S.F. & Spurzem, R.
"Stability of Multiplanetary Systems in Star Clusters"
ApJ, 2017, 470, 4337

pdf 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

pdf 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

pdf 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
See also the research highlight "The DRAGON globular cluster simulations: a million stars, black holes and gravitational waves".

pdf 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

pdf Zheng, X.C., Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. & Wang, L.
"The dynamical fate of planetary systems in young star clusters"
MNRAS, 2015, 453, 2759

pdf 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

pdf 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
Download NBODY6++GPU.

pdf 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

pdf 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

pdf 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
See also the article features in National Geographic, Scientific American, Science, USA Today, The People's Daily, China Daily, MSNBC

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

Conference proceedings 

Team members are underlined.

pdf 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

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N., Shu, Q., Cai, M.X., & Spurzem, R.
"Planetary Systems in Star Clusters"
Memorie della Societa Astronomica Italiana, 87, 630, 2016

pdf 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

pdf 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

pdf 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

Berczik, P., Spurzem, R. & Wang, L.
"Up to 700k GPU cores, Kepler, and the Exascale future for simulations of star clusters around black holes"
Third International Conference "High Performance Computing", HPC-UA 2013, p. 52-59

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

Kouwenhoven, 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 

Popular Science

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2017)
"The Surface of Mars: Clues, Hints, and Mysteries"
The Amateur Astronomer, August issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2017)
"Opening up the Electromagnetic Window to the Universe: The Story of Ultra-High-Energy Radiation from Outer Space"
The Amateur Astronomer, June issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2017)
"Planetary Habitability"
TED talk (TEDxCPU), China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, 15 May 2017

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2017)
"How can you make a scientific discovery?"
The Amateur Astronomer, April issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2017)
"Will the Earth still exist five billion years from now?"
The Amateur Astronomer, February issue"

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2016)
"Interstellar spacecraft - safely flying to the nearest stars"
The Amateur Astronomer, December issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2016)
"Exploring New Worlds in The Universe"
TED talk (TEDxYouth@Suzhou), Suzhou Culture and Arts Center, Suzhou, 12 November 2016

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2016)
"Why does the Earth have a magnetic field?"
The Amateur Astronomer, October issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2016)
"Makemake's Moon: the discovery of a new ice world in our Solar system"
The Amateur Astronomer, August issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2016)
"Discovering evidence of supernova explosions on the ocean floor"
The Amateur Astronomer, June issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2016)
"The Chelyabinsk asteroid impact - three years after"
The Amateur Astronomer, April issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2016)
"The missing planet in the Alpha Centauri System"
The Amateur Astronomer, February issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2015)
"The Double Star Cluster in Perseus"
The Amateur Astronomer, December issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2015)
"Searching for signs of advanced extraterrestrial technologies"
The Amateur Astronomer, October issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2015)
"Volcanism on Venus"
The Amateur Astronomer, August issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2015)
"Micrometeorites in our solar system (and on your rooftop)"
The Amateur Astronomer, June issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2015)
"Occultations by Pluto - Exploring climate change on a distant world"
Global Astronomy Month Blog, 26 April 2015

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2015)
"HIP85605 – A star on a collision course with the Solar system?"
The Amateur Astronomer, April issue

pdf Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2015)
"Occultations by Pluto – exploring climate change on a distant world"
The Amateur Astronomer, February issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2014)
"Water ice on planet Mercury?"
The Amateur Astronomer, December issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2014)
"Finding features of extraterrestrial life using planetshine"
The Amateur Astronomer, October issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2014)
"The origin of our Moon"
The Amateur Astronomer, August issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2014)
"Binary stars in modern astrophysics"
The Amateur Astronomer, June issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2014)
"Flying Telescopes"
Global Astronomy Month Blog, 4 April 2014

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2014)
"Airborne Astronomy"
The Amateur Astronomer, April issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2014)
"What is the ultimate fate of the Universe?"
The Amateur Astronomer, February issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2013)
"Dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way: a key to understanding galaxy formation and evolution"
The Amateur Astronomer, December issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2013)
"Creating and destroying planetary atmospheres"
The Amateur Astronomer, October issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2013)
"Gravitational N-body simulations"
The Amateur Astronomer, August issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2013)
"Climate change and the Earth's orbit around the Sun"
The Amateur Astronomer, June issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2013)
"The Search for Exomoons"
Global Astronomy Month Blog, 2 April 2013

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2013)
"Discovering the nearest neighbors of the Sun... in 2013!"
The Amateur Astronomer, April issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2013)
"Moon Colonies"
The Amateur Astronomer, February issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2013)
"Rogue Planets: Mysterious world that wander the Galaxy"
All About Space Magazine, January issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2012)
"Rogue Planets: Lost in Space"
The Amateur Astronomer, November issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2012)
"Where does the water on Earth come from?"
The Amateur Astronomer, September issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2012)
"The future of commercial human spaceflight - a dream or reality?"
The Amateur Astronomer, July issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2012)
"地外生命何所似?"
The Amateur Astronomer, May issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2012)
"When Worlds Collide: Astronomy and Culture"
Global Astronomy Month Blog, 4 April 2012

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2012)
"暗物质:宇宙的秘密"
The Amateur Astronomer, March issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2012)
"系外行星是否也有卫星"
The Amateur Astronomer, January issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2011)
"超光速粒子 - 爱因斯坦又犯错了?"
The Amateur Astronomer, November issue

De Grijs, R. & Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2011)
"生只有一次 (1) 震撼人心的恒星爆炸 (2) 超新星还是恒星的自相吞噬?"
The Amateur Astronomer, October issue

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2011)
"月食中出现红月亮是地球大气在变魔术"
辽宁日报, 8 July issue

Reports

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2011)
"The Status of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Philippines"
Report to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Executive Committee and to the IAU Commission 46 President

Theses

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2006)
"The primordial binary population in the association Sco OB2"
Ponsen & Looijen Publishers, ISBN 978-90-6464-033-9
PhD thesis, University of Amsterdam
Advisors: L. Kaper, E.P.J. van den Heuvel, S.F. Portegies Zwart, & A.G.A. Brown

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2002)
"The dynamical distance and internal structure of the globular cluster Omega Centauri"
MSc thesis, Leiden University
Advisors: P.T. de Zeeuw & E.K. Verolme 

Kouwenhoven, M.B.N. (2001)
"The large-scale structure and kinematics of the Magellanic dwarf galaxy ESO 364-G 029"
BSc thesis, Leiden University
Supervisors: M. Bureau & P.T. de Zeeuw