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René Janssen leads the interdepartmental research group Molecular Materials and Nanosystems at Eindhoven University of Technology, which is part of the departments Chemical Engineering and Chemistry as well as Applied Physics. The research objective of the group is to investigate and develop molecules, macromolecules and (nano)structured materials with tailored physical properties. The interest in these functional molecular materials and nanosystems is driven by the scientific challenge to understand the underlying mechanisms of the physical phenomena in systems of reduced dimensionality, down to the molecular level. Future applications are in organic and polymer solar cells, electrochemical cells, transistors and diodes.

Janssen has in particular obtained a thorough understanding of the subtle interactions of light and the chemical and electrical structures at the nanoscale. This has led to major improvements in the efficiency of polymer solar cells. The group now works on multi-junction molecular solar-to-electricity conversion devices, to further improve efficiencies. Another focus in Janssen's research is solar-to-fuel conversion using organic semiconductors in a process mimicking natural photosynthesis. To this aim new organic materials and electrocatalysts are being developed.

Academic background

René Janssen studied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, the Netherlands) where he received his MSc degree in 1983 cum laude. In 1987, he obtained his PhD at the same university with an experimental and theoretical study on organic radicals in single crystals. In 1991, he was appointed associate professor at TU/e in the field of physical organic chemistry. In 1993 and 1994, he was an associate researcher with the group of Professor Alan Heeger at the University of California Santa Barbara to work on the photophysical properties of conjugated polymers. In 2000, he was appointed full professor at TU/e in Physical Organic Chemistry at the department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry. In 2003, he was also appointed Professor of Molecular Materials and Nanosystems at the department of Applied Physics. In 2011 Janssen was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and in 2013 he was appointed distinguished university professor at TU/e. Janssen received important grants and awards, among which the Pioneer grant from the Dutch science foundation NWO (1999), the René Descartes Prize from the European Commission (2000), a NWO TOP grant (2006), an ERC Advanced Grant (2013) and the NWO Spinoza Prize (2015). He is a member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems and one of the principal investigators of the long-term NWO Gravitation research program 'Functional Molecular Systems', which in 2012 was funded with 26,9 million euro.

Chair

Physical organic chemistry

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Research Output

A Self-Assembled Small-Molecule-Based Hole-Transporting Material for Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells

Más-Montoya, M., Gómez, P., Curiel, D., da Silva, I., Wang, J. & Janssen, R. A. J., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Chemistry - A European Journal.

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  • Color determination from a single broadband organic photodiode

    Dyson, M. J., Verhage, M., Ma, X., Simone, G., Tordera, D., Janssen, R. A. J. & Gelinck, G. H., 1 Apr 2020, In : Advanced Optical Materials. 8, 7, 9 p., 1901722.

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    Controlling the microstructure of conjugated polymers in high-mobility monolayer transistors via the dissolution temperature

    Li, M., Bin, H., Jiao, X., Wienk, M. M., Yan, H. & Janssen, R. A. J., 7 Jan 2020, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 59, 2, p. 846-852 7 p.

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    Enhancement-mode PEDOT:PSS organic electrochemical transistors using molecular de-doping

    Keene, S. T., van der Pol, T. P. A., Zakhidov, D., Weijtens, C. H. L., Janssen, R. A. J., Salleo, A. & van de Burgt, Y., May 2020, In : Advanced Materials. 32, 19, 8 p., 2000270.

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  • High-accuracy photoplethysmography array using near-infrared organic photodiodes with ultralow dark current

    Simone, G., Tordera, D., Delvitto, E., Peeters, B., van Breemen, A. J. J. M., Meskers, S. C. J., Janssen, R. A. J. & Gelinck, G. H., 1 May 2020, In : Advanced Optical Materials. 8, 10, 1901989.

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  • Prizes

    Prof. dr. ir. Rene Janssen

    R.A.J. Janssen (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: NWOSpinozaScientific

  • Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems

    E.W. Meijer (Recipient), J.C.M. van Hest (Recipient), L. Brunsveld (Recipient), R.A.J. Janssen (Recipient) & R.P. Sijbesma (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: NWOGravitationScientific

  • Solar Energy Conversion in Molecular Multi-Junctions

    R.A.J. Janssen (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: ERCAdvancedScientific

  • University professor: Prof. dr. ir. R.A.J. (René) Janssen

    R.A.J. Janssen (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: TU/eUniversity professorScientific

  • Courses

    DBL Energy

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    Energy

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    Graduation Project MSMC

    1/09/15 → …

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    Press / Media

    Study results pave the way to programmable electronic inks

    René A.J. Janssen

    1/07/19

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Marriage of two cheap photovoltaic technologies

    R.A.J. Janssen

    16/02/16

    1 item of Media coverage

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    René Janssen wins Spinoza Prize

    R.A.J. Janssen

    12/06/15

    1 item of Media coverage

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    DIFFER research institute moves to TU/e campus

    R.A.J. Janssen & M.R. de Baar

    19/05/15

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Why Extra Solvents During Processing Improve Organic Solar Cells

    René A.J. Janssen

    26/02/15

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Impacts

    Organic flow batteries

    Koen H. Hendriks (Researcher), René A.J. Janssen (Researcher)

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    Organic solar cells

    René A.J. Janssen (Researcher), Stefan C.J. Meskers (Researcher), Martijn M. Wienk (Researcher)

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    Perovskite solar cells

    René A.J. Janssen (Researcher), Stefan C.J. Meskers (Researcher), Martijn M. Wienk (Researcher)

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    Photodetectors

    Gerwin H. Gelinck (Researcher), René A.J. Janssen (Researcher), Stefan C.J. Meskers (Researcher)

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    Solar fuels

    René A.J. Janssen (Researcher), C.F.J. (Kees) Flipse (Researcher), Martijn M. Wienk (Researcher)

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    Student theses

    All-solution processed regular organic solar cells using a new inkjet-printable cathode

    Author: van Franeker, J., 31 Aug 2012

    Supervisor: Galagan, Y. (External person) (Supervisor 1) & Janssen, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Bio activation of PPV-films for impedance-based biosensing

    Author: Thoelen, R., 31 Aug 2004

    Supervisor: Janssen, R. (Supervisor 1), Cooreman, P. (External person) (External coach) & Wagner, P. (. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Characterisation of charge transport in polymer solar cells

    Author: Plaisier, O., 31 Jan 2002

    Supervisor: van Duren, J. (Supervisor 1) & Janssen, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Controlling the aggregation behaviour of diketopyrrolopyrrole polymers for photovoltaic applications

    Author: Leenaers, P., 30 Nov 2016

    Supervisor: Heintges, G. (Supervisor 1) & Janssen, R. (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

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