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    Het Kranenveld, Helix, STO 2.34

    5612 AZ Eindhoven


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    Postbus 513, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

    5600 MB Eindhoven



Introductie / missie

Research at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry focuses on relating macroscopic phenomena - such as phase behaviour, morphology formation or wetting - to mesoscopic and molecular properties. 

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Polymeric and colloidal liquids, and advanced surfaces


The Laboratory of Physical Chemistry hosts a leading research group at the intersection of theoretical and experimental physical chemistry and the fields of polymeric and colloid science. Our mission is two-fold. First, to advance the state of the art of physical chemistry and, in particular, soft matter science. Second, to develop a scientific basis for sustainable, functional and responsive materials that are urgently needed to solve societal challenges related to sustainability, the energy transition and health. Our research program links experimental and theoretical aspects to gain a deeper understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena involved and the building of competences to design and manufacture advanced functional materials. As the link between teaching and research is essential, we offer high-level physical and materials chemistry education at TU/e.


The research in our group focuses on gaining a fundamental understanding of the physical and chemical properties and processes that are relevant to the behavior of polymers and colloid mixtures in bulk and at interfaces, controlling their deposition and functionality on solid surfaces and making their use sustainable via polymer recycling using green (eutectic) solvents and other approaches. We study the aforementioned physical-chemical properties and processes by combining experiments (synthesis and assembly of polymers and (bioinspired) colloids, (cryo, in-situ, electron, light) microscopy, (X-ray, neutron, light) scattering, interfacial methods, rheology, (3D) printing and theory (mean-field computations on bulk phase behavior and interfacial properties, colloidal interactions). The developed methodologies and insights on the relationships between phase stability, self-assembly, morphology, particle size, rheology and surface lubricity/hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity can be used to understand, improve and develop products. Of particular interest is the design of molecules, particles and interfaces to perform specific functions and the development of novel technologies for producing ingredients and making products and related processes sustainable.

VN Doelstellingen voor duurzame ontwikkeling

In 2015 stemden de VN-lidstaten in met 17 wereldwijde duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen (Sustainable Development Goals, SDG's) om armoede te beëindigen, de planeet te beschermen en voor iedereen welvaart te garanderen. Ons werk draagt bij aan de volgende duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelstelling(en):

  • SDG 3 – Goede gezondheid en welzijn
  • SDG 4 – Kwaliteitsonderwijs
  • SDG 7 – Betaalbare en schone energie
  • SDG 8 – Fatsoenlijk werk en economische groei
  • SDG 9 – Industrie, innovatie en infrastructuur
  • SDG 12 – Verantwoordelijke consumptie en productie
  • SDG 14 – Leven onder water


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