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Research profile

The research of Anja Palmans develops along two lines. The first is aimed at mimicking multistep synthesis as it occurs in Nature. This allows for reduction of the need for purification procedures, and limits costs and waste in the production of complex organic molecules. To achieve this she evaluates the physical separation of multiple catalysts using synthetic polymers that fold into well-defined three-dimensional structures. This compartmentalization of catalysts is achieved through self-assembly of pendant recognition motifs in the polymers. The water-soluble catalysts thus formed are investigated for their application in complex media, with the aim to combine natural and non-natural catalytic reactions but also to catalytically activate prodrugs for cancer therapies.

The second line concerns the control of the dynamic behavior of supramolecular copolymerizations, especially the exchange dynamics that represent the equilibrium between the monomer and the polymer. Copolymerizing supramolecular monomers with distinct differences in the dynamic behavior of their respective homopolymers could provide a handle to control the overall exchange dynamics of the supramolecular copolymer, and hereby their stability and function.

Academic background

Anja Palmans studied chemical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and received her master's degree in 1992. She continued with PhD research in the group of Prof. Bert Meijer where she obtained her doctorate in 1997 with her thesis 'Supramolecular structures based on the intramolecular H-bonding in acylated 3,3’-diamino-2,2’-bipyridines'. In 1998 and 1999 she was a postdoc researcher in the group of Prof. Paul Smith at ETH Zürich (Switzerland), after which she started working at DSM Research (Geleen, The Netherlands). In 2002 she returned to TU/e as NRSC-C Fellow at the Laboratory for Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry where she became assistant professor in 2005 and associate professor in 2010. In 2013 she was at KIT (Karlsruhe, Germany) for a three months sabbatical. Since 2019 she is full professor in the fascinating field of Supramolecular Chemistry and Catalysis.

Affiliated with

  • NWO gravitation program 'Functional Molecular Systems

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Polymers Chemische stoffen
Self assembly Chemische stoffen
Benzene Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Water Chemische stoffen
Hydrogen bonds Chemische stoffen
Nanoparticles Chemische stoffen
Copolymers Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Polymerization Chemische stoffen

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253 Citaties (Scopus)
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Single-chain folding of polymers for catalytic systems in water

Terashima, T., Mes, T., Greef, de, T. F. A., Gillissen, M. A. J., Besenius, P., Palmans, A. R. A. & Meijer, E. W., 2011, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 133, 13, blz. 4742-4745

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Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide : a versatile ordering moiety for supramolecular chemistry

Cantekin, S., Greef, de, T. F. A. & Palmans, A. R. A., 2012, In : Chemical Society Reviews. 41, blz. 6125-6137

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Supramolecular chemistry
Self assembly
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Consequences of folding a water-soluble polymer around an organocatalyst

Huerta Martinez, E., Stals, P. J. M., Meijer, E. W. & Palmans, A. R. A., 2013, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 52, 10, blz. 2906-2910 5 blz.

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28 Citaties (Scopus)
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Single chain polymeric nanoparticles as selective hydrophobic reaction spaces in water

Artar, M., Palmans, A. R. A., Meijer, E. W. & Terashima, T., okt 2015, In : ACS Macro Letters. 4, 10, blz. 1099-1103 5 blz.

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Cooperativity scale: a structure-mechanism correlation in the self-assembly of benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides

Kulkarni, C., Meijer, E. W. & Palmans, A. R. A., 15 aug 2017, In : Accounts of Chemical Research. 50, 8, blz. 1928-1936 9 blz.

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Self assembly
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Advances in Molecular Chemistry

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Practicum organische chemie

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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

Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide based supramolecular organogels: from molecular self-assembly to macroscopic properties

Auteur: Haveman, J., 16 okt 2014

Begeleider: Palmans, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Wyss, H. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Voets, I. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Meijer, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Meuldijk, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides as supramolecular ordering moieties in polymeric materials

Auteur: Mes, T., mei 2007

Begeleider: Palmans, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Roosma, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Meijer, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide side-functionalized polymers for the formation of single chain polymer nanoparticles

Auteur: van der Weegen, R., 31 aug 2010

Begeleider: Mes, T. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Palmans, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Meijer, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Janssen, H. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Biopolymers by lipase catalysis

Auteur: den Ouden, H., 31 okt 2005

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master