• Het Kranenveld 14 , Building Helix

    5612 AZ Eindhoven

    Netherlands

  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

    5600 MB Eindhoven

    Netherlands

Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The mission of our group is to understand the mechanisms of biological materials formation processes and to apply the underlying principles in bioinspired materials synthesis

Highlighted phrase

Biology represents a source of inspiration for materials chemistry

Organisational profile

Biominerals such as bones, teeth and shells have properties that often outclass those of man-made materials. Hence, these biological materials form an important source of inspiration for materials chemistry where the rational synthesis of materials with predefined organization and properties is a major goal. For this we must unravel the mechanisms of biologically controlled mineral formation. We advance our understanding of biological and bioinspired materials formation by monitoring these processes with dynamic, in situ measurements. Within the Sommerdijk Lab this is pursued along two closely related research lines: “Biological Materials Chemistry” and “Bio-inspired Materials” for which we continuously develop “Multiscale Electron Microscopy” methods.

Biological Materials Chemistry. We explore the principles of biological materials formation by investigating the biological processes in living systems from a materials chemistry point of view. We investigate the mechanism of collagen mineralization in bone, and the biomineralization processes of technologically important material such as magnetite in magnetotactic bacteria and silica in diatoms.


Bio-inspired Materials. We pursue the application of biological principles in the development of technologically relevant materials, exploiting the ability of natural materials (e.g. collagen) to guide the formation of inorganic components on the nanometer level, but also form complex hierarchical 3D architectures, aiming at advanced properties.


Multiscale Electron Microscopy. We use advanced electron microscopic techniques, for dynamic and 3D imaging from the nanometer to the multi micrometer level. We maximize the information obtained by image processing, visualization and quantitative data analysis, as well as by correlating with chemical information from super-resolution microscopy and spectroscopy.

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Research Output 1960 2019

A biomimetic model for mineralization of type-I collagen fibrils

Yao, S., Xu, Y., Shao, C., Nudelman, F., Sommerdijk, N. A. J. M. & Tang, R., 1 Jan 2019, Collagen: Methods and protocols. Sagi, I. & Afratis, N. A. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 1944, p. 39-54 16 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology)

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

Biomimetics
Collagen Type I
Durapatite
Tendons
Dentin

Advanced EM study on catalyst formation processes

Su, H., 21 Feb 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 149 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
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Antimicrobial polylysine decorated nano-structures prepared through polymerization induced self-assembly (PISA)

Luppi, L., Babut, T., Petit, E., Rolland, M., Quemener, D., Soussan, L., Moradi, M. A. & Semsarilar, M., 21 Jan 2019, In : Polymer Chemistry. 10, 3, p. 336-344 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Polylysine
Polypeptides
Polymerization
Self assembly
Nanoparticles

Prizes

Julia Polak European Doctorate Award

Artur Moreira Pinto (Recipient), Sep 2017

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

Lev Margulis national Prize for outstanding research in microscopy

Anat Akiva (Recipient), 2015

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

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral individual Fellowship (IF)

Anat Akiva (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: OtherScholarshipsScientific

Activities 1995 2001

  • 28 Contributed talk
  • 5 Editorial activity

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

Gijsbertus de With (Editorial board member)
2001

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

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

F.J.J. van Loo (Editorial board member)
2001

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

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

H.T. (Bert) Hintzen (Editorial board member)
2001

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Student theses

Ag/Al2/O3 ethylene epoxidation catalysts: tracking the active phase evolution

Author: van de Poll, R., 19 Nov 2018

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

Student thesis: Master

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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

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