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    Het Kranenveld, Helix, STO 2.34

    5612 AZ Eindhoven

    Netherlands

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    Postbus 513, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

    5600 MB Eindhoven

    Netherlands

Organisation profile

Introduction / mission

Research at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry focuses on relating macroscopic phenomena - such as phase behaviour, morphology formation or wetting - to mesoscopic and molecular properties. 

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Polymeric and colloidal liquids, and advanced surfaces

Organisational profile

The Laboratory of Physical Chemistry hosts a leading research group at the intersection of theoretical and experimental physical chemistry and the fields of polymeric and colloid science. Our mission is two-fold. First, to advance the state of the art of physical chemistry and, in particular, soft matter science. Second, to develop a scientific basis for sustainable, functional and responsive materials that are urgently needed to solve societal challenges related to sustainability, the energy transition and health. Our research program links experimental and theoretical aspects to gain a deeper understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena involved and the building of competences to design and manufacture advanced functional materials. As the link between teaching and research is essential, we offer high-level physical and materials chemistry education at TU/e.

The research in our group focuses on gaining a fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical properties and processes that are relevant to the behavior of polymers and colloid mixtures in bulk and at interfaces, controlling their deposition and functionality on solid surfaces and making their use sustainable via polymer recycling using green (eutectic) solvents and other approaches. We study the aforementioned physical-chemical properties and processes by combining experiments (synthesis and assembly of polymers and (bioinspired) colloids, (cryo, in-situ, electron, light) microscopy, (X-ray, neutron, light) scattering, interfacial methods, rheology, (3D) printing and theory (mean-field computations on bulk phase behavior and interfacial properties, colloidal interactions). The developed methodologies and insights on the relationships between phase stability, self-assembly, morphology, particle size, rheology and surface lubricity/hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity can be used to understand, improve and develop products. Of particular interest is the design of molecules, particles and interfaces to perform specific functions and the development of novel technologies for producing ingredients and making products and related processes sustainable.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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