• 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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    Research Output

    Architecture-dependent interplay between self-assembly and crystallization in discrete block co-oligomers

    Petkau-Milroy, K., Ianiro, A., Ahn, M. M. L., Magana, J. R., Vleugels, M. E. J., Lamers, B. A. G., Tuinier, R., Voets, I. K., Palmans, A. R. A. & Meijer, E. W., 21 Jan 2020, In : ACS Macro Letters. 9, 1, p. 38-42 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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    Engineered living materials based on adhesin-mediated trapping of programmable cells

    Guo, S., Dubuc, E., Rave, Y., Verhagen, M., Twisk, S. A. E., van der Hek, T., Oerlemans, G. J. M., van den Oetelaar, M. C. M., van Hazendonk, L. S., Brüls, M., Eijkens, B. V., Joostens, P. L., Keij, S. R., Xing, W., Nijs, M., Stalpers, J., Sharma, M., Gerth, M., Boonen, R. J. E. A., Verduin, K. & 3 others, Merkx, M., Voets, I. K. & De Greef, T. F. A., 20 Mar 2020, In : ACS Synthetic Biology. 9, 3, p. 475-485 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Multivalent patchy colloids for quantitative 3D self-assembly studies

    Kamp, M., de Nijs, B., van der Linden, M. N., de Feijter, I., Lefferts, M. J., Aloi, A., Griffiths, J., Baumberg, J. J., Voets, I. K. & van Blaaderen, A., 10 Mar 2020, In : Langmuir. 36, 9, p. 2403-2418 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • Prizes

  • 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

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    Polymer Assembly

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    Student theses

    Behaviour and morphology of self-assemblies of pH-responsive polyurethane ionomers

    Author: Song, S., 29 Nov 2017

    Supervisor: Voets, I. K. (Supervisor 1), Sahebali, S. (Supervisor 2), Tuinier, R. (Supervisor 2) & Sijbesma, R. P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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

    Author: Filonova, K. V., 31 Jan 2018

    Supervisor: Aloi, A. (Supervisor 1), Giakoumatos, E. (Supervisor 2), 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