• Groene Loper 7, Ceres Building

    5612 AZ Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Ceres 1.03 att. Prof Ilja Voets

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

We study self-assembly processes in (biological) soft matter and translate fundamental insights into rational design strategies for novel functional soft materials. 

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Creating materials that create themselves

Organisational profile

The research group Self-Organizing Soft Matter at Eindhoven University of Technology studies self-assembly processes in (biological) soft matter. As an interdisciplinary team of chemists, physicists, biologists, and engineers, we strive to obtain fundamental insights and translate these into rational design strategies for novel functional soft materials. We are especially interested in colloidal self-organization, polymer assembly and folding, and protein biophysics. Examples of our research include revealing the key structure-property relations of intra- and intermolecular (co)polymer assembly; packaging fragile biomolecules; developing artificial enzymes; enhancing colloidal stability; and tailoring smart materials.

The research of the Self-Organizing Soft Matter group develops along three lines:

  • Polymer assembly: Supramolecular and block (co-)polymers in a different light
  • Colloidal assembly: Orchestrating large colloids with small molecules
  • Biological soft matter: Protein biophysics

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Polymers Chemical Compounds
Bacterial Adhesins Medicine & Life Sciences
Microscopic examination Chemical Compounds
Self assembly Chemical Compounds
Block copolymers Chemical Compounds
Ice Medicine & Life Sciences
Nanoparticles Engineering & Materials Science
carbopol 940 Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 2013 2020

Peptidic antifreeze materials: from design to potential applications

Suris Valls, R., 16 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

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

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A DNA-based synthetic apoptosome

Rosier, B., Markvoort, B., Gumi Audenis, B., Roodhuizen, J., Brunsveld, L. & de Greef, T. F. A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Nature Catalysis.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Caspase 9
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Correction: RTX Adhesins are Key Bacterial Surface Megaproteins in the Formation of Biofilms (Trends in Microbiology (2019) 27(5) (453–467), (S0966842X18302798), (10.1016/j.tim.2018.12.003))

Guo, S., Vance, T. D. R., Stevens, C. A., Voets, I. K. & Davies, P. L., May 2019, In : Trends in Microbiology. 27, 5, p. 470 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Bacterial Adhesins


Carrier Proteins
Antifreeze Proteins

New chemical building blocks for de-icing and anti-icing of car windows

I.K. Voets (Recipient), 2017

Prize: ERCProof of conceptScientific


Press / Media

Research areas

Biological Soft Matter

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Colloidal Assembly

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Polymer Assembly

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

Super-resolution microscopy on single particles straddling fluid interfaces: unveiling the dependence of contact angles on particle size

Author: Filonova, K., 2018

Supervisor: Aloi, A. (Supervisor 1), Giakoumatos, E. (Supervisor 1), Voets, I. (Supervisor 2), Meijer, E. (Supervisor 2) & de Jong, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Unravelling the effect of crystallinity and dispersity on the self-assembly behaviour of block copolymers in water

Author: Vleugels, M., 27 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Petkau - Milroy, K. (Supervisor 1), Meijer, B. (Supervisor 2), Voets, I. (Supervisor 2) & Palmans, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master