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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

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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  • 330 Citations (Scopus)
    2 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

  • 616 Citations (Scopus)
    10 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

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  • 153 Citations (Scopus)
    215 Downloads (Pure)

    An optical steam sterilization sensor based on a dual-responsive supramolecular cross-linked photonic polymer

    Foelen, Y., van der Heijden, D. A. C., del Pozo Puig, M., Lub, J., Bastiaansen, C. W. M. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 8 Apr 2020, In : ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 12, 14, p. 16896-16902 7 p.

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    Open Access
  • 14 Downloads (Pure)

    A patterned mechanochromic photonic polymer for reversible image reveal

    Zhang, P., Shi, X., Schenning, A. P. H. J., Zhou, G. & de Haan, L. T., 1 Feb 2020, In : Advanced Materials Interfaces. 7, 3, 7 p., 1901878.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


    Golden Medal Royal Dutch Chemical Society 2005

    Albert Schenning (Recipient), 2005

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

  • Courses

    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