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"I revel in bridging the traditional gaps between disciplines and between academics and society"

Research profile

Michael Debije is an Assistant Professor in the research group Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices. His current research topics are broadly in the control of light in the built environment. To this end, he works on a variety of projects, including

  • Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSCs), colorful, adaptable solar energy generators that could be ideal for use in urban settings;
  • Infrared Control Windows which can automatically switch between heat-reflecting states in summer to heat transmitting states in winter;
  • Responsive Polymeric Actuators to physically generate electricity from sunlight; and
  • LSC-Photomicroreactors to allow sunlight-driven, off-grid production of fine chemicals among others. 

The devices generated are designed for use in urban settings, but may find application in new areas like greenhouses, automobile windows and even fashion accessories. 

Michael likes to generate new areas of research at the boundaries of traditional disciplines, creating potentially disruptive technologies.  He loves to work not just with chemists and physicists, but with fashion designers, farmers and building architects as well, and he hopes to inspire his students to do the same.  He finds it important to bring his work to the general public, for comment and criticism, and he tries to publish not only in high-ranked periodicals, but across a wide variety of journals, and to have several contributions to the popular press as well.

Academic background

Michael Debije received a MSc in High Energy Physics from Iowa State University (USA) in 1994 with a thesis describing a theoretical treatment of a new breast tumor detector.  After a year of teaching in Frydek-Mistek in the Czech Republic, he moved in 2000 to the University of Rochester (USA) where he received a PhD in Biophysics for his study of radical transport and trapping in oligonucleotide crystals of DNA.  Continuing to The Netherlands for a postdoc position at the Interfaculty Reactor Institute at TU Delft in the group of John Warman, he studied charge transport in liquid crystalline discotics and organometallics.  In 2003 he joined the staff of the Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices (SFD) group at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is currently an Assistant Professor under Prof. Albert Schenning and responsible for the Energy cluster within SFD. 

Affiliated with

  • Sabic
  • Heijmans
  • Saint Gobain

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Research Output 1999 2019

14 Citations (Scopus)

Temperature-responsive luminescent solar concentrators: tuning energy transfer in a liquid crystalline matrix

Sol, J. A. H. P., Dehm, V., Hecht, R., Würthner, F., Schenning, A. P. H. J. & Debije, M. G., 22 Jan 2018, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 57, 4, p. 1030-1033

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Solar concentrators
Energy transfer
Crystalline materials
39 Citations (Scopus)

A leaf-inspired luminescent solar concentrator for energy-efficient continuous-flow photochemistry

Cambié, D., Zhao, F., Hessel, V., Debije, M. G. & Noël, T., 19 Jan 2017, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 56, 4, p. 1050-1054 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Solar concentrators
Photochemical reactions
Fluorescent Dyes
121 Citations (Scopus)

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
22 Citations (Scopus)

Electrically tunable infrared reflector with adjustable bandwidth broadening up to 1100 nm

Khandelwal, H., Debije, M. G., White, T. J. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 2016, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 4, 16, p. 6064-6069

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Infrared radiation
Cholesteric liquid crystals
Liquid Crystals
Ethylene Glycol
423 Citations (Scopus)

Thirty years of luminescent solar concentrator research : solar energy for the built environment

Debije, M. G. & Verbunt, P. P. C., 2012, In : Advanced Energy Materials. 2, 1, p. 12-35 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Solar concentrators
Solar energy
Sun hoods
Photovoltaic cells


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Press / Media

Smart Materials in de praktijk

Michael Debije


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Leaf-inspired photomicroreactor could power a step change in the Chemical industry.

Michael Debije & D. Cambié


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Schermen die lawaai tegenhouden en elektriciteit opwekken

Michael Debije


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Energy generating noise barriers

Michael Debije


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

A broadly applicable red dye doped Luminescent Solar Concentrator photo microreactor

Author: Dobbelaar, J., May 2017

Supervisor: Cambié, D. (Supervisor 1), Noël, T. (Supervisor 2), Hessel, V. (Supervisor 2) & Debije, M. (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

Chaotic oscillations of photoresponsive liquid crystal cantilevers

Author: Schol, C., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Peletier, M. (Supervisor 1), van der Hofstad, R. (Supervisor 2) & Debije, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Developing a solar driven mini-plant

Author: Huisman, R., 28 Aug 2019

Supervisor: Cambié, D. (Supervisor 1), Kuijpers, K. (Supervisor 2), Noël, T. (Supervisor 2), van Eeten, K. (Supervisor 2) & Debije, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master