• Postbus 513, Helix Building

    5600 MB Eindhoven


  • De Groene Loper 3, Helix Building (STO 3.39)

    5612 AE Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

We develop compartmentalization strategies to construct micro- and nano-capsules for application in nanomedicine and artificial cell research.

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Creating minuscule compartments with life-like features

Organisational profile

In our research we combine techniques from protein engineering, polymer chemistry and bioconjugation approaches to create particles with bioactive properties. In the field of nanomedicine, we design smart delivery vehicles that for example cross the blood brain barrier or are used in cancer therapy. We also use nanoparticles as scaffolds for vaccine development. In the field of artificial cell research, we aim to create responsive smart compartments that mimic the behavior of living cells. For instance, we develop nanoreactors that can be incorporated as artificial organelles in living cells, to complement or affect cellular processes.

With advanced synthetic techniques and assembly methods, we can construct particles with control over size, shape, surface charge and functionality. In the field of nanomedicine, these particles are employed in treating brain related (metabolic) diseases, ophthalmology, cancer research and bacterial vaccine development. This is pursued in collaboration with our (international) partners. In the field of artificial cell research, we construct capsules with life-like properties, such as metabolism, organelle-mimetic behavior and cell growth and motility. We are part of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and of the Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems (FMS), brought together to complete a single grand challenge: the construction of functional life-like molecular systems.

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Mona Abdelghani

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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Yigit Altay

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher


Research Output 2008 2020

Peroxiredoxin proteins as building blocks for nanotechnology

Conroy, F. & Yewdall, A., 2020, Protein Nanotechnology. Gerard, J. & Domigan, L. (eds.). Humana: Springer, p. 39-54 16 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 2073)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

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Adaptive Polymeric Assemblies for Applications in Biomimicry and Nanomedicine

Altay, Y., Che, H., Cao, S., Abdelmohsen, L. & van Hest, J., 23 Oct 2019, In : Biomacromolecules. 20, 11, p. 4053-4064

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Medical nanotechnology
Nanostructured materials
Self assembly
Intelligent networks
Complex networks

Adaptive polymersome nanoreactors

Che, H. & van Hest, J. C. M., 1 Sep 2019, In : ChemNanoMat. 5, 9, p. 1092-1109

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Medical nanotechnology
Adaptive systems



Artificial endosymbiosis

Jan van Hest (Recipient), 2015

Recognition: ERCAdvancedScientific

synthetic biology
uptake mechanisms

Checkpoint NANO

Willem Mulder (Recipient), Nov 2018

Recognition: ERCConsolidatorScientific

Precision Medicine
Immune System
Pharmaceutical Preparations

Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems

Bert Meijer (Recipient), Jan van Hest (Recipient), Luc Brunsveld (Recipient), Rene Janssen (Recipient) & Rint Sijbesma (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: NWOGravitationScientific

selection procedure
Ministry of Education

Activities 2015 2015

Dutch Peptide Symposium - 2015

Pascal Welzen (Organiser)
27 May 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Student theses

Development of Fischer Tropsch foam catalyst and reactor development: diffusion limitations for FTS foam catalyst

Author: van der Linden, C., 1 Sep 2017

Supervisor: de Martino, M. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Development of reduction responsive polymersomes for controlled drug delivery

Author: Stam, R., 13 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Pijpers, I. (Supervisor 1), van Hest, J. (Supervisor 2), Brunsveld, L. (Supervisor 2) & Abdelmohsen, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Measuring all three vitamin D metabolites on the LC-MS/MS: effects of vitamin D supplementation in pre-dialysis patients

Author: Verbon, I., 27 Nov 2017

Supervisor: van Dongen, J. (Supervisor 1) & Schmitz, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master