• Het Kranenveld, Helix (STO 4.33)



  • P.O. Box, Helix

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

How far can we push chemical self-assembly? Bridging the gap between life sciences and materials science, using organic chemistry and polymer chemistry. 

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Exploration of supramolecular systems and materials

Organisational profile

At the Macro Organic Chemistry group we educate young students to become independent scientists and make them experienced researchers in the design, synthesis, characterization and possible applications of complex molecular systems with unconventional properties. Our research addresses the challenging question “How far can we push chemical self-assembly?”. This ranges from detailed mechanistic (kinetic) investigations on the self-assembly processes of various molecular structures (e.g. the formation of ordered arrays, under thermodynamic control as well as through kinetic experiments) to the design, non-covalent synthesis and use of artificial mimics of enzymes and extracellular matrices. Our group is part of the overarching research group for Molecular Science and Technology.

From the start in 1991, our research has been focused on the design, synthesis, characterization and possible applications of new functional molecular architectures. Over the years we have worked on dendrimers, semi-conducting oligomers/polymers and several supramolecular units, with chirality as a muse. In the course of time, our focus has shifted towards the synthesis and study of complex molecular systems and in 2007 our group became the founding father of the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) at TU/e. More recently, a renewed interest in functional supramolecular materials for electronics and biomedical engineering has underpinned the relevance of our knowledge in the design and synthesis of molecular units that self-assemble in a controlled way, producing materials ordered at the mesoscale. 

In our current research we aim at closing the gap between organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and chemical biology by applying well-controlled supramolecular chemistry protocols. Central to this is our concept of multi-step non-covalent synthesis of molecular systems, using well-defined small and large molecules. We thus synthesize and study novel artificial molecular systems where the position of all molecules in the system can be controlled with respect to time and space. To arrive at dynamic functionalties of these molecular systems, we investigate the response to external stimuli both experimentally and theoretically.

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Research Output 1972 2019

Open Access
Surface-Active Agents
self consistent fields
Surface active agents

A micro-optofluidic sensor system based on PET sensing for real time sodium concentration measurement

Sharma, M. K., Frijns, A. J. H., Kooman, J. P. & Smeulders, D. M. J., 28 Feb 2018, Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Microfluidics. Brandner, J., Colin, S., Newport, D. & Serra, C. (eds.). Paris: SHF, p. 89-92

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

1 Citations

Amplifying chiroptical properties of conjugated polymer thin-film using an achiral additive

Kulkarni, C., Meskers, S. C. J., Palmans, A. R. A. & Meijer, E. W., 14 Aug 2018, In : Macromolecules. 51, 15, p. 5883-5890 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Conjugated polymers
Polymer films
Thin films
Bearings (structural)


NWO Veni Award : Self-oscillating surfaces

Ghislaine Vantomme (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: NWOVeniScientific


NWO Vidi Award : Adaptive materials with molecular light switches

Ilja Voets (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: NWOVidiScientific


Activities 1992 2010

  • 10 Editorial activity
  • 2 Membership of board
  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Contributed talk

Chemical Science (Journal)

Meijer, B. (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Journal of the American Chemical Society (Journal)

Meijer, B. (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

DSM (External organisation)

Meijer, B. (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of boardScientific

Press / Media

Lubricating with loops

Giulia Morgese


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

New fluorescent polymer makes deformation visible

Hande Cingil


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Block copolymers and crystallinity: pushing phase-separation to its limits

Author: Lamers, B., 22 Feb 2017

Supervisor: van Genabeek, B. (Supervisor 1), Palmans, A. (Supervisor 2) & Meijer, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Complex coacervate core micelles containing poly(vinyl alcohol) for anti-icing applications

Author: Sproncken, C., Apr 2017

Supervisor: Voets, I. (Supervisor 1), Suris Valls, R. (Supervisor 2) & Tuinier, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Folding of polymer chains in water: an interplay between hydrophobic and hydrogen-bonding interactions

Author: de Windt, L., 26 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Meijer, E. (Supervisor 1), ter Huurne, G. (Supervisor 2), Palmans, A. (Supervisor 2) & Voets, I. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master