Organization profile

Organisational profile

The research in SMG takes inspiration from the structures and assembly processes found in natural systems, where bottom up (self‐assembly, crystallization) and top down strategies (localized structuring) are combined. These concepts are applied studying systems with close resemblance to biological materials, but also in materials that have no obvious relation to natural systems, such as conducting hybrid materials. Central to the research of SMG is to obtain a detailed understanding of processes and interactions in the formation of soft and hybrid materials, such that eventually structures and properties can be predicted. The work focusses on the fundamental aspects of these materials and the processes for their formation, but also ‐ together with industrial partners ‐ on the possible impact of these principles in technological applications.

Bioinspired Materials: Biominerals, such as bones teeth and shells often have physical
(mechanical, optical) properties, that in many cases match those of man‐made materials and which derive from the high level of control over the structure, size, shape and assembly of the constituents. By mimicking natural systems in the laboratory we aim at obtaining further insight in the principles of biomineralization, and subsequently explore these in the synthesis of novel hybrid materials.

Multiscale Materials: The hierarchical organization of biological materials in many cases is crucial to their advanced physical properties, which are tailor‐made to specific functions such as skeletal support, light harvesting and magnetic sensing. We therefore aim to achieve synthetic materials with similar complexity and functionality by multiscale assembly of materials into hierarchical structures through a combination of bottom‐up (self‐assembly) and top‐down (processing/confinement) strategies.

Center of Multiscale Electron Microscopy: To study the development of morphology and structure in such multi‐component architectures by chemical synthesis, self‐organization and directed assembly we make use of our expertise in advanced electron microscopy (EM). The EM expertise and infrastructure of SMG is organized within the Center for Multiscale Electron Microscopy and is focused on the analysis of soft and hybrid materials.

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Research Output 1960 2018

A quantitative cryoTEM study on crosslinked nanocapsule morphology in RAFT-based vesicle polymerization

Moradi, M. A., Bomans, P. H. H., Jackson, A. W., van Herk, A. M. & Heuts, J. P. A., 1 Nov 2018, In : European Polymer Journal. 108, p. 329-336 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Ethylene glycol

Aragonite formation in confinements: a step toward understanding polymorph control

Xu, Y. & Sommerdijk, N. A. J. M., 21 Aug 2018, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115, 34, p. 8469-8471 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Calcium Carbonate
Animal Shells
Sea Urchins
1 Citations
Open Access
ethylene oxide
Polyethylene oxides
Self assembly
Block copolymers
self consistent fields


Julia Polak European Doctorate Award

Artur Moreira Pinto (Recipient), Sep 2017

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

National Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure : NEMI grant

Nico Sommerdijk (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: NWOOtherScientific

electron microscopy
electron microscopes

NWO Vici Award : The secrets of bones, teeth and shells

Nico Sommerdijk (Recipient), 2009

Recognition: NWOViciScientific

electron microscopy
mechanical property

Activities 1995 2001

  • 29 Contributed talk
  • 5 Editorial activity

KGK, Tijdschrift voor Klei, Glas en Keramiek (Journal)

H.T. (Bert) Hintzen (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

KGK, Tijdschrift voor Klei, Glas en Keramiek (Journal)

de With, B. (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

KGK, Tijdschrift voor Klei, Glas en Keramiek (Journal)

F.J.J. van Loo (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Press / Media

Finalists Named for 2018 Collegiate ...

Joanna Aizenberg


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Finalists Named for 2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition

Joanna Aizenberg


7 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Bimetallic Cu-Ag and Au-Ag catalyst for ethylene epoxidation reaction

Author: Amin, S., 28 Mar 2018

Supervisor: van Hoof, A. (Supervisor 1), Hensen, E. (Supervisor 2) & Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Controlling the doping level in a conducting polymer for application in enhancement mode organic electrochemical transistors

Author: Pol, T., 13 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Meskers, S. (Supervisor 1), van de Burgt, Y. (Supervisor 2), Janssen, R. (Supervisor 2) & Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Graphene oxide based membranes for gas separation

Author: Li, J., 29 Nov 2017

Supervisor: Sommerdijk, N. (Supervisor 1), Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2), Gallucci, F. (Supervisor 2) & Patterson, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master