• 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

    Block copolymer hierarchical structures from the interplay of multiple assembly pathways

    Ianiro, A., Chi, M., Hendrix, M. M. R. M., Koç, A. V., Eren, E. D., Sztucki, M., Petukhov, A. V., de With, G., Esteves, A. C. C. & Tuinier, R., 7 Apr 2020, In : Polymer Chemistry. 11, 13, p. 2305-2311 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
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    Crystallization by particle attachment is a colloidal assembly process

    Mirabello, G., Ianiro, A., Bomans, P. H. H., Yoda, T., Arakaki, A., Friedrich, H., de With, G. & Sommerdijk, N. A. J. M., Apr 2020, In : Nature Materials. 19, 4, p. 391-396 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetterAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Directional-dependent pockets drive columnar-columnar coexistence

    González García, Á., Tuinier, R., de With, G. & Cuetos, A., 24 Jun 2020, In : Soft Matter. 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Equipment

    Adhesive Contact JKR

    Gijsbertus de With (Manager)

    Facility/equipment: Equipment

  • Center for Multiscale Electron Microscopy (CMEM)

    Heiner Friedrich (Manager), Rick Joosten (Operator), Demi de Moor (Operator), Pauline Schmit (Operator), Ingeborg Schreur - Piet (Operator), Anne Spoelstra (Operator) & Nina Romme - van Moll (Other)

    Materials and Interface Chemistry

    Facility/equipment: Research lab

  • Prizes

    Julia Polak European Doctorate Award

    Artur Moreira Pinto (Recipient), Sep 2017

    Prize: 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

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

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral individual Fellowship (IF)

    Anat Akiva (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: OtherScholarshipsScientific

    Activities

    • 28 Contributed talk
    • 5 Editorial activity

    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)

    Gijsbertus de With (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

    Research areas

    Bio-inspired materials chemistry: collagen based hybrid materials

    Nina Romme - van Moll (Content manager)

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

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    Bio-inspired materials chemistry: Controlling silica formation

    Nina Romme - van Moll (Content manager)

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    Biological Materials Chemistry: Bone structure characterization in genetic disorder disease

    Nina Romme - van Moll (Content manager)

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

    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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    Amphiphilic block copolymers in complex solvents: understanding phase behaviour to control their self-assembly

    Author: Ding, Z., 30 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: de Carvalho Esteves, C. (Supervisor 1), Ianiro, A. (Supervisor 2), Tuinier, R. (Supervisor 2) & Sommerdijk, N. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master