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Persoonlijk profiel


"Let's make stimuli-responsive materials smart"

Research profile

Albert Schenning leads the research group Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices (SFD). His research interests center on stimuli responsive functional materials and devices. This entails the development of polymer materials with new responsive functionalities and integrating them into devices to meet industrial and societal challenges in the fields of sustainable energy, water-management, healthcare & personal comfort. The research follows the complete chain of knowledge from molecule to device, i.e. from organic synthesis to prototype. Both top-down and bottom-up methods are employed for the preparation of hierarchically structured materials with programmed responsive and functional properties.

Academic background

Albert Schenning studied chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he obtained his master's degree in 1992 and his doctorate in 1996. His PhD thesis on supramolecular architectures based on porphyrin and receptor molecules was supervised by Dr. Martin Feiters and Prof. Roeland Nolte. Between June and December 1996, Schenning was a post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Bert Meijer at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), working on dendrimers. In 1997, he investigated pi-conjugated oligomers and polymers based on triacetylenes with Prof. François Diederich at the ETH in Zurich. From 1998 until 2003, Schenning was a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at the TU/e Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, active in the field of supramolecular organization of pi-conjugated polymers. In 2003 he was appointed assistant professor, in 2005 associate professor and in 2014 full professor of Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices at TU/e.

Affiliated with

  • Institute for Complex Molecular Systems ICMS
  • Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories EPL
  • Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium ARC CBBC

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • DSM
  • Sabic
  • Merck

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Onderzoeksoutput 1991 2019

329 Citaties (Scopus)

Amphiphilic dendrimers as building blocks in supramolecular assemblies

Schenning, A. P. H. J., Roman Vas, C., Weener, J. W., Baars, M. W. P. L., Gaast, van der, S. J. & Meijer, E. W., 1998, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 120, 32, blz. 8199-8218 10 blz.

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X-Ray Diffraction
588 Citaties (Scopus)

Probing the solvent-assisted nucleation pathway in chemical self-assembly

Jonkheijm, P., Schoot, van der, P. P. A. M., Schenning, A. P. H. J. & Meijer, E. W., 2006, In : Science. 313, 5783, blz. 80-83 4 blz.

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Self assembly
121 Citaties (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 blz., 11975

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Open Access
Surface cleaning
Methyl Green
Liquid crystal polymers

3D helix engineering in chiral photonic materials

Kragt, A. J. J., Hoekstra, D. C., Stallinga, S., Broer, D. J. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 1 jan 2019, In : Advanced Materials. 1903120

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Open Access
Light polarization
Nematic liquid crystals
Polymer films
1 Citaat (Scopus)

Air-curable, high-resolution patternable oxetane-based liquid crystalline photonic films via flexographic printing

Hoekstra, D. C., Nickmans, K., Lub, J., Debije, M. G. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 20 feb 2019, In : ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 11, 7, blz. 7423-7430 8 blz.

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Open Access
Crystalline materials
Liquid Crystals


Golden Medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (1993)

Albert Schenning (Ontvanger), 2005

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Graduation Project MSMC

1/09/15 → …


OGO Moleculen en materialen

1/09/13 → …



Method to transform sunlight into movement

Albert Schenning, Mark Peletier, Michael Debije & Heiner Friedrich


1 item van media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar


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

Accordion-like deformation of plastic sheets

Auteur: Verjans, J., 28 feb 2013

Begeleider: Broer, D. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Bastiaansen, C. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Schenning, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Goossens, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & de Haan, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Assembly of supramolecules into well defined morphologies

Auteur: Jansma, S., 21 dec 2016

Begeleider: Schenning, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Murphy, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Nickmans, K. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Broer, D. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Sijbesma, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Cascade energy and electron transfer in aggregates of tetrakis[oligo(p-phenylenevinylene)]porphyrins and C60

Auteur: Wolffs, M., 31 aug 2005

Begeleider: Hoeben, F. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Meijer, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Schenning, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & van Hal, P. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Catalytic nanoporous membranes: the synthesis of a T-shaped mesogen based on a Zn-Salphen complex

Auteur: Lugger, J., 30 nov 2013

Begeleider: Schwartz, E. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Sijbesma, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Schenning, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master