Organization profile

Organisational profile

From the start in 1991, the research of the group has been focused on the design, synthesis,
characterization and possible applications of new functional molecular architectures, such as
dendrimers, semi‐conducting oligomers/polymers and several supramolecular units, with chirality as a muse. In more recent years, the group moved its focus to synthesize and study complex molecular systems. This new research theme is a logical next step in the self‐assembly towards molecular architectures using multiple components to reach novel functionalities. As a result, the research over the last seven years addresses more directly the challenging question “How far can we push chemical self‐assembly?” Several independent research lines have been initiated, ranging from detailed mechanistic investigations in the self‐assembly processes of different molecular structures (e.g., the formation of ordered arrays, both under thermodynamic control as by using kinetic experiments) to the design, non‐covalent synthesis and use of artificial mimics of enzymes and extracellular matrices. Recently a renewed interest in functional supramolecular materials for electronics and robotics makes use of our knowledge to design and synthesize molecular units that self‐assemble in a controlled way to ordered materials at the mesoscale. The research of the group aims at closing the gap between organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and chemical biology by making use of well‐controlled supramolecular chemistry protocols. By introducing the concept of multi‐step non‐covalent synthesis of molecular systems from well‐defined small and large molecules, it aims at synthesizing and studying artificial systems that are not known in the laboratories today and where the position of all molecules in the system are controlled with respect to time and space. Moreover, external stimuli addressing these properties to arrive at dynamic functions are investigated both experimentally and theoretically.

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Research Output 1992 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

3D helix engineering in chiral photonic materials

Kragt, A. J. J., Hoekstra, D. C., Stallinga, S., Broer, D. J. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Advanced Materials. 1903120

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Photonics
Light polarization
Nematic liquid crystals
Polymer films
Cryptography
1 Citation (Scopus)

Air-curable, high-resolution patternable oxetane-based liquid crystalline photonic films via flexographic printing

Hoekstra, D. C., Nickmans, K., Lub, J., Debije, M. G. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 20 Feb 2019, In : ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 11, 7, p. 7423-7430 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Photonics
Printing
Crystalline materials
Liquid Crystals
Liquids
11 Citations (Scopus)

An artificial nocturnal flower via humidity-gated photoactuation in liquid crystal networks

Wani, O. M., Verpaalen, R., Zeng, H., Priimagi, A. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 11 Jan 2019, In : Advanced Materials. 31, 2, 6 p., 1805985

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Liquid Crystals
Liquid crystals
Atmospheric humidity
Actuators
Geometry

Prizes

Best Poster Award of the 8th Symposium on Liquid Crystal Photonics (SLCP 2019)

Wei Feng (Recipient), Mar 2019

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

Liquid Crystals
Photonics

Golden Medal Royal Dutch Chemical Society 2005

Albert Schenning (Recipient), 2005

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

Gold

NWO Veni Award : Communicating polymers towards haptics and soft robotics

Danqing Liu (Recipient), 2016

Recognition: NWOVeniScientific

Robotics
Polymers
Communication

Press / Media

Smart Materials in de praktijk

Michael Debije

8/08/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Research areas

Health

Nina Romme - van Moll (Content manager), Davey C. Hoekstra (Content manager), Marjolijn Voragen (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Personal Comfort

Nina Romme - van Moll (Content manager), Davey C. Hoekstra (Content manager), Marjolijn Voragen (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Sustainable Energy

Nina Romme - van Moll (Content manager), Davey C. Hoekstra (Content manager), Marjolijn Voragen (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

1,4,7-triazacyclononane functionalized BTA: a supramolecular polymer for cooperative catalysis

Author: Robeerst, C., 26 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Mabesoone, M. (Supervisor 1), Su, L. (Supervisor 2), Meijer, B. (Supervisor 2), Palmans, A. (Supervisor 2) & Schenning, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A broadly applicable red dye doped Luminescent Solar Concentrator photo microreactor

Author: Dobbelaar, J., May 2017

Supervisor: Cambié, D. (Supervisor 1), Noël, T. (Supervisor 2), Hessel, V. (Supervisor 2) & Debije, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Assembly of supramolecules into well defined morphologies

Author: Jansma, S., 21 Dec 2016

Supervisor: Schenning, A. (Supervisor 1), Murphy, J. (Supervisor 2), Nickmans, K. (Supervisor 2), Broer, D. (Supervisor 2) & Sijbesma, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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