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

    (Homo)polymer-mediated colloidal stability of micellar solutions

    González García, Á., Ianiro, A., Beljon, R., Leermakers, F. A. M. & Tuinier, R., 14 Feb 2020, In : Soft Matter. 16, 6, p. 1560-1571 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 66 Downloads (Pure)

    Amphiphilic Polymeric Nanoparticles for Photoredox Catalysis in Water

    Palmans, A. R. A., Eisenreich, F. & Meijer, E. W., 19 May 2020, In : Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany).

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • An Azobenzene-Based Single-Component Supramolecular Polymer Responsive to Multiple Stimuli in Water

    Fuentes, E., Gerth, M., Berrocal, J. A., Matera, C., Gorostiza, P., Voets, I. K., Pujals, S. & Albertazzi, L., 3 Jun 2020, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 142, 22, p. 10069-10078 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 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

    Artificial endosymbiosis

    J.C.M. van Hest (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: ERCAdvancedScientific

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

    Wei Feng (Recipient), Mar 2019

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

  • Checkpoint NANO

    W.J.M. Mulder (Recipient), Nov 2018

    Prize: ERCConsolidatorScientific

  • Activities

    University of Oxford

    Alexander Mason (Visiting researcher), Hagan Bayley (Visiting lecturer)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (External organisation)

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Member)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Dutch Peptide Symposium - 2015

    Pascal Welzen (Organiser)
    27 May 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Research areas

    Bio-inspired materials chemistry: collagen based hybrid materials

    Nina Romme - van Moll (Content manager)

    Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)


    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

    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., 29 Nov 2017

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

    Student thesis: Master