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"Matter does not matter, morphology is everything."

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The research of Heiner Friedrich focusses on the fundamental aspects of chemical and physical processes relevant to the multiscale structuring of materials. The aim hereby is to improve functional performance by morphology optimization and to provide sustainable solutions based on abundant or renewable resources. Of special interest are functional networks made from primary building blocks and achieving local control over network formation and resulting multiscale topology. Materials examples include porous silica/silicate with tunable mass-transport properties for separation and catalysis applications; and graphene composites with tunable energy-transport properties for printed electronics and heat transport/storage applications. To create such functional networks with truly hierarchical morphologies we combine bottom-up self-organization and top-down (additive) manufacturing approaches. To gain insight into morphology evolution during formation, operation, degradation and, prospectively, recycling of the material we utilize quantitative microscopy (QM). To advance QM we also develop (big data) cryo & in-situ electron microscopy approaches for the dynamic investigation of materials over multiple length and time scales.

Academic background

Heiner Friedrich received his master’s degree in physics in 2001 from TU Dresden (GER) under supervision of professor Hannes Lichte with a specialization in particle and wave optics. From 2002 to 2005 he worked at Arizona State University (USA) developing electron tomography for materials science. He then moved to Utrecht University (NL) where in 2009 he obtained his PhD (cum laude) in the fields of inorganic chemistry, catalysis and quantitative electron microscopy under supervision of professors Krijn de Jong and Arie Verkleij. In 2009 he started part-time as a junior assistant professor at the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group of Utrecht University and as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry of TU Eindhoven, where he was appointed as full-time assistant professor in 2011. Currently, he works as scientific staff member at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry since 2019 and is leading the electron microscopy facility of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry since 2018. He acts as the TU/e executive board member of the Dutch Electron Microscopy Infrastructure (NEMI).

Affiliated with

  • Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) TU/e
  • European, Dutch and German Microscopy societies

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • DSM
  • AkzoNobel
  • Unilever

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Liquid–liquid phase separation during amphiphilic self-assembly

Ianiro, A., Wu, H., van Rijt, M. M. J., Vena, M. P., Keizer, A. D. A., Esteves, A. C. C., Tuinier, R., Friedrich, H., Sommerdijk, N. A. J. M. & Patterson, J. P., 1 Apr 2019, In : Nature Chemistry. 11, 4, p. 320-328 9 p.

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  • 23 Citations (Scopus)
    170 Downloads (Pure)

    A unified view on nanoscale packing, connectivity, and conductivity of CNT networks

    Gnanasekaran, K., Grimaldi, C., de With, G. & Friedrich, H., 28 Mar 2019, In : Advanced Functional Materials. 29, 13, 6 p., 1807901.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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    CryoTEM as an advanced analytical tool for materials chemists

    Patterson, J. P., Xu, Y., Moradi, M. A., Sommerdijk, N. A. J. M. & Friedrich, H., 18 Jul 2017, In : Accounts of Chemical Research. 50, 7, p. 1495-1501 7 p.

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  • 25 Citations (Scopus)
    110 Downloads (Pure)

    Quantitative nanoscopy : tackling sampling limitations in (S)TEM imaging of polymers and composites

    Gnanasekaran, K., Snel, R. C. Q., With, de, G. & Friedrich, H., 2016, In : Ultramicroscopy. 160, p. 130-139 10 p.

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  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
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    Quantitative nanoscopy of conductive hierarchical materials

    Gnanasekaran, K., 17 May 2016, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 204 p.

    Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)

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    Student theses

    Ag/Al2/O3 ethylene epoxidation catalysts: tracking the active phase evolution

    Author: van de Poll, R., 19 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: van Hoof, A. (Supervisor 1), Hensen, E. (Supervisor 2), Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2) & Kosinov, N. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Bimetallic Cu-Ag and Au-Ag catalyst for ethylene epoxidation reaction

    Author: Amin, S., 28 Mar 2018

    Supervisor: van Hoof, A. (Supervisor 1), Hensen, E. (Supervisor 2) & Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Caesium and chlorine promotion in the silver particle size dependency and of the ethylene epoxidation

    Author: Hermans, E., 31 Jan 2018

    Supervisor: van Hoof, A. (Supervisor 1), Hensen, E. (Supervisor 2), Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2) & Filot, I. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Controlling the doping level in a conducting polymer for application in enhancement mode organic electrochemical transistors

    Author: Pol, T., 13 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Meskers, S. (Supervisor 1), van de Burgt, Y. (Supervisor 2), Janssen, R. (Supervisor 2) & Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Development of a non-thermal plasma-catalytic reactor for N2-fixation

    Author: van Raak, T., 18 Dec 2019

    Supervisor: Li, S. (Supervisor 1), Gallucci, F. (Supervisor 2), van der Schaaf, J. (Supervisor 2) & Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master