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“The ability to understand the wonders of Nanomaterials remains fascinating. Wouldn’t it be brilliant to be able to design our materials in the same simple (yet complex), sustainable and efficient way of Nature?”

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Catarina Esteves researches polymers & colloids, surfaces & interfaces. A large part of her work deals with the synthesis of well-defined building blocks, the functionalization of surfaces and the study of physical and chemical interactions at interfaces. These aspects are particularly relevant to the design of “Smart Coatings”. Esteves has investigated self-healing and self-cleaning coatings as well as coatings with special wettability, anti-fouling or stimuli-responsive properties, for end-applications in the automotive, aerospace, marine and biomedical fields.

Esteves enjoys the truly multi- and inter-disciplinary aspects of her work, covering almost all aspects of materials design: starting from the creation of reactive molecules or building units; through their incorporation into a polymer chain, a cross-linked network or a self-assembled structure; to the further reaction or deposition onto a surface; and finally obtaining a well-defined functional material. It also requires to communicate and collaborate across scientific fields, and to establish collaborations with chemists, physicists, materials engineers and others, sometimes combining experimental and simulation (theoretical) studies, as well as working closely to industrial researchers.

Her research nicely complements her teaching, which she finds equally stimulating. She teaches in the field of Coatings Science & Technology, Nanochemistry and Nanotechnology (DBL). This allows her to transfer knowledge and most recent innovations to the future generation of researchers and engineers. This often constitutes a challenging multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and multi-level audience. Life is certainly not boring or trivial at TU/e.

Academic background

Catarina Esteves received her PhD in 2007 from University of Aveiro (Portugal). During the doctoral studies she spent research periods at Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh) and University of Manchester (Manchester). In 2006 she started at the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology, working as Post-Doc at the Materials & Interface Chemistry laboratory and with Philips Lighting. In 2009 she became Assistant Professor. In 2015, she moved into the Physical Chemistry laboratory, and became Associate professor. Currently, she teaches Coatings Science & Technology, Nanochemistry and Nanotechnology.She acts as Board Editor of the Progress in Organic Coatings journal, Chair of the Coatings Science International Conference (Cosi), and Scientific Board member of the NICE (Nature Inspires Chemical Engineers) Conference.

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Research Output 2002 2020

  • 1326 Citations
  • 56 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Patent publication
31 Citations (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

Dual light and temperature responsive cotton fabric functionalized with a surface-grafted spiropyran-NIPAAm-hydrogel

ter Schiphorst, J., van den Broek, M., de Koning, T., Murphy, J. N., Schenning, A. P. H. J. & Esteves, A. C. C., 2016, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 4, 22, p. 8676-8681 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cotton fabrics
Cotton fibers
68 Citations (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

Self-replenishing dual structured supehydrophobic coatings prepared by drop-casting of an all-in-one dispersion

Esteves, A. C. C., Luo, Y., Put, van de, M. W. P., Carcouet, C. C. M. & With, de, G., 2014, In : Advanced Functional Materials. 24, 7, p. 986-992 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

70 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Self-Replenishing Surfaces

Dikic, T., Ming, W., Benthem, van, R. A. T. M., Carvalho Esteves, de, A. C. & With, de, G., 2012, In : Advanced Materials. 24, 27, p. 3701-3704 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Functional materials
Surface chemistry
Service life
Functional groups

Influence of experimental parameters on the formation and stability of silica-wax colloidosomes

Avossa, J. & Esteves, A. C. C., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 561, p. 244-256 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Silicon Dioxide
Surface-Active Agents
2 Citations (Scopus)
24 Downloads (Pure)

Controlling the spatial distribution of solubilized compounds within copolymer micelles

Ianiro, A., González García, Á., Wijker, S., Patterson, J. P., Esteves, A. C. C. & Tuinier, R., 2 Apr 2019, In : Langmuir. 35, 13, p. 4776-4786 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Spatial distribution
spatial distribution


Coatings science and technology

1/09/14 → …


DBL Molecules and materials

1/09/13 → …


DBL nanotechnology

1/09/12 → …



Polymers and colloids at surfaces

Remco Tuinier (Researcher), A.C.C. (Catarina) Esteves (Researcher)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

Amphiphilic block copolymers in complex solvents: understanding phase behaviour to control their self-assembly

Author: Ding, Z., 30 Aug 2017

Supervisor: de Carvalho Esteves, C. (Supervisor 1), Ianiro, A. (Supervisor 2), Tuinier, R. (Supervisor 2) & Sommerdijk, N. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Bio-inspired superhydrophobic self-replenishing coatings

Author: Luo, Y., 31 Aug 2013

Supervisor: de Carvalho Esteves, A. (Supervisor 1), de With, G. (Supervisor 2), Laven, J. (Supervisor 2) & Debije, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Chemical and catalytic control over the in situ netwok formation kinetics in PBT vitrimers

Author: van den Bergen, S., 28 Feb 2018

Supervisor: Heuts, J. (Supervisor 1), Zhou, Y. (Supervisor 2), Sijbesma, R. (Supervisor 2) & de Carvalho Esteves, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Covalent fixation in self-assembled rodlike micelles of diacetylene triblock copolymers: synthesis and characterization of bolaamphiphilic diactylenes

Author: Oosterlaken, B., 25 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Fernandez - Castano Romera, M. (Supervisor 1), Sijbesma, R. (Supervisor 2), Palmans, A. (Supervisor 2) & de Carvalho Esteves, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Cutting bubbles with a wire mesh: an experimental and computational study of single bubble cutting in a micro-structured bubble column reactor

Author: Teley, M., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), de Carvalho Esteves, A. (Supervisor 2), Baltussen, M. (Supervisor 2) & Thiruvalluvan Sujatha, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master