• Groene Loper 7, Ceres Building

    5612 AZ Eindhoven

    Netherlands

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

    5600 MB Eindhoven

    Netherlands

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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Research Output 2013 2019

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
Apoptosomes
Caspase 9
DNA
Proteins
Enzymes

Effects of artepillin C on model membranes displaying liquid immiscibility

Pazin, W. M., Vilanova, N., Voets, I. K., Soares, A. E. E. & Ito, A. S., 25 Mar 2019, In : Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research. 52, 3, p. e8281 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Liquid membranes
Solubility
Membranes
Liquids
Propolis

Georganiseerde chaos

Voets, I., 25 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 28 p.

Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speechAcademic

Prizes

Ice-binding proteins: from antifreeze mechanism to resistant soft materials

Ilja Voets (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: ERCStartingScientific

Ice
Carrier Proteins
Antifreeze Proteins
Polymers
Crystallization

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

Ilja Voets (Recipient), 2017

Recognition: ERCProof of conceptScientific

automobile
fluid
ice
food
resource

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

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