• Het Kranenveld, Helix (STO 4.33)



  • P.O. Box 513, Helix (STO 4.33)

    5600 MB Eindhoven



Introductie / missie

How far can we push chemical self-assembly? Bridging the gap between life sciences and materials science, using organic chemistry and polymer chemistry. 

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Exploration of supramolecular systems and materials

Over de organisatie

At the Macro Organic Chemistry group we educate young students to become independent scientists and make them experienced researchers in the design, synthesis, characterization and possible applications of complex molecular systems with unconventional properties. Our research addresses the challenging question “How far can we push chemical self-assembly?”. This ranges from detailed mechanistic (kinetic) investigations on the self-assembly processes of various molecular structures (e.g. the formation of ordered arrays, under thermodynamic control as well as through kinetic experiments) to the design, non-covalent synthesis and use of artificial mimics of enzymes and extracellular matrices. Our group is part of the overarching research group for Molecular Science and Technology.

From the start in 1991, our research has been focused on the design, synthesis, characterization and possible applications of new functional molecular architectures. Over the years we have worked on dendrimers, semi-conducting oligomers/polymers and several supramolecular units, with chirality as a muse. In the course of time, our focus has shifted towards the synthesis and study of complex molecular systems and in 2007 our group became the founding father of the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) at TU/e. More recently, a renewed interest in functional supramolecular materials for electronics and biomedical engineering has underpinned the relevance of our knowledge in the design and synthesis of molecular units that self-assemble in a controlled way, producing materials ordered at the mesoscale. 

In our current research we aim at closing the gap between organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and chemical biology by applying well-controlled supramolecular chemistry protocols. Central to this is our concept of multi-step non-covalent synthesis of molecular systems, using well-defined small and large molecules. We thus synthesize and study novel artificial molecular systems where the position of all molecules in the system can be controlled with respect to time and space. To arrive at dynamic functionalties of these molecular systems, we investigate the response to external stimuli both experimentally and theoretically.

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    Amphiphilic Polymeric Nanoparticles for Photoredox Catalysis in Water

    Palmans, A. R. A., Eisenreich, F. & Meijer, E. W., 19 mei 2020, In : Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany).

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  • Architecture-dependent interplay between self-assembly and crystallization in discrete block co-oligomers

    Petkau-Milroy, K., Ianiro, A., Ahn, M. M. L., Magana, J. R., Vleugels, M. E. J., Lamers, B. A. G., Tuinier, R., Voets, I. K., Palmans, A. R. A. & Meijer, E. W., 21 jan 2020, In : ACS Macro Letters. 9, 1, blz. 38-42 5 blz.

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    Artificial Organic Skin Wets Its Surface by Field-Induced Liquid Secretion

    Zhan, Y., Zhou, G., Lamers, B. A. G., Visschers, F., Hendrix, M. M. R. M., Broer, D. J. & Liu, D., 16 jun 2020, In : Matter. 3, blz. 1-12

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  • Prijzen

    Doctorem Honoris Causa of the Free Universitat Berlin

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Ontvanger), 2019

    Prijs: AndersHonorary degreesWetenschappelijk

    NWO Veni Award : Self-oscillating surfaces

    G.M.E. Vantomme (Ontvanger), 2017

    Prijs: NWOVeniWetenschappelijk

  • NWO Vidi Award : Adaptive materials with molecular light switches

    I.K. Voets (Ontvanger), 2014

    Prijs: NWOVidiWetenschappelijk

  • Activiteiten

    • 10 Redactioneel werk
    • 3 Lidmaatschap van commissie
    • 2 Lidmaatschap van bestuur
    • 1 Aangemelde presentatie

    Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Externe organisatie)

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Lid)
    2018 → …

    Activiteit: Types lidmaatschapLidmaatschap van commissieWetenschappelijk

    Journal of the American Chemical Society (Tijdschrift)

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Lid redactieraad)

    Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

    Chemical Science (Tijdschrift)

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Lid redactieraad)

    Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk


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

    Auteur: Robeerst, C., 26 jun 2019

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

    Scriptie/masterproef: Master

    Bioactivation of electrospun UPy-based supramolecular polymer meshes: towards an improved treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions

    Auteur: Arts, B., 18 dec 2017

    Begeleider: Dankers, P. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Zaccaria, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Meijer, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

    Scriptie/masterproef: Master

    Block copolymers and crystallinity: pushing phase-separation to its limits

    Auteur: Lamers, B., 22 feb 2017

    Begeleider: van Genabeek, B. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Palmans, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Meijer, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

    Scriptie/masterproef: Master