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"Let's make stimuli-responsive materials smart"

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Albert Schenning leads the research group Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices (SFD). His research interests center on stimuli responsive functional materials and devices. This entails the development of polymer materials with new responsive functionalities and integrating them into devices to meet industrial and societal challenges in the fields of sustainable energy, water-management, healthcare & personal comfort. The research follows the complete chain of knowledge from molecule to device, i.e. from organic synthesis to prototype. Both top-down and bottom-up methods are employed for the preparation of hierarchically structured materials with programmed responsive and functional properties.

Academic background

Albert Schenning studied chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he obtained his master's degree in 1992 and his doctorate in 1996. His PhD thesis on supramolecular architectures based on porphyrin and receptor molecules was supervised by Dr. Martin Feiters and Prof. Roeland Nolte. Between June and December 1996, Schenning was a post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Bert Meijer at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), working on dendrimers. In 1997, he investigated pi-conjugated oligomers and polymers based on triacetylenes with Prof. François Diederich at the ETH in Zurich. From 1998 until 2003, Schenning was a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at the TU/e Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, active in the field of supramolecular organization of pi-conjugated polymers. In 2003 he was appointed assistant professor, in 2005 associate professor and in 2014 full professor of Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices at TU/e.

Affiliated with

  • Institute for Complex Molecular Systems ICMS
  • Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories EPL
  • Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium ARC CBBC

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • DSM
  • Sabic
  • Merck

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Research Output 1991 2020

331 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Amphiphilic dendrimers as building blocks in supramolecular assemblies

Schenning, A. P. H. J., Roman Vas, C., Weener, J. W., Baars, M. W. P. L., Gaast, van der, S. J. & Meijer, E. W., 1998, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 120, 32, p. 8199-8218 10 p.

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X-Ray Diffraction
597 Citations (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)

Probing the solvent-assisted nucleation pathway in chemical self-assembly

Jonkheijm, P., Schoot, van der, P. P. A. M., Schenning, A. P. H. J. & Meijer, E. W., 2006, In : Science. 313, 5783, p. 80-83 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Self assembly
130 Citations (Scopus)
198 Downloads (Pure)

A chaotic self-oscillating sunlight driven polymer actuator

Kumar, K., Knie, C., Bleger, D., Peletier, M. A., Friedrich, H. B., Hecht, S., Broer, D. J., Debije, M. G. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 4 Jul 2016, In : Nature Communications. 7, 8 p., 11975.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Surface cleaning
Methyl Green
Liquid crystal polymers

A Soft Transporter Robot Fueled by Light

Da Cunha, M. P., Ambergen, S., Debije, M. G., Homburg, F. G. A. E., den Toonder, J. M. J. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 2020, In : Advanced Science. 1902842, 7 p., 1902842.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Dual light and temperature responsive micrometer-sized structural color actuators

Belmonte, A., Ussembayev, Y. Y., Bus, T., Nys, I., Neyts, K. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 9 Jan 2020, In : Small. 16, 1, 1905219.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Liquid Crystals


Golden Medal Royal Dutch Chemical Society 2005

Albert Schenning (Recipient), 2005

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific



DBL Molecules and materials

1/09/13 → …


Graduation Project MSMC

1/09/15 → …


Press / Media

Molecular Wires

E.W. (Bert) Meijer & Albert P.H.J. Schenning


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Method to transform sunlight into movement

A.P.H.J. Schenning, M.A. Peletier, M.G. Debije & H. Friedrich


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

1,4,7-triazacyclononane functionalized BTA: a supramolecular polymer for cooperative catalysis

Author: Robeerst, C., 26 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Mabesoone, M. (Supervisor 1), Su, L. (Supervisor 2), Meijer, B. (Supervisor 2), Palmans, A. (Supervisor 2) & Schenning, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Accordion-like deformation of plastic sheets

Author: Verjans, J., 28 Feb 2013

Supervisor: Broer, D. (Supervisor 1), Bastiaansen, C. (Supervisor 2), Schenning, A. (Supervisor 2), Goossens, J. (Supervisor 2) & de Haan, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Assembly of supramolecules into well defined morphologies

Author: Jansma, S., 21 Dec 2016

Supervisor: Schenning, A. (Supervisor 1), Murphy, J. (Supervisor 2), Nickmans, K. (Supervisor 2), Broer, D. (Supervisor 2) & Sijbesma, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Cascade energy and electron transfer in aggregates of tetrakis[oligo(p-phenylenevinylene)]porphyrins and C60

Author: Wolffs, M., 31 Aug 2005

Supervisor: Hoeben, F. (Supervisor 1), Meijer, E. (Supervisor 2), Schenning, A. (Supervisor 2) & van Hal, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Catalytic nanoporous membranes: the synthesis of a T-shaped mesogen based on a Zn-Salphen complex

Author: Lugger, J., 30 Nov 2013

Supervisor: Schwartz, E. (Supervisor 1), Sijbesma, R. (Supervisor 2) & Schenning, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master