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Persoonlijk profiel


The combination of educating students with doing research inspires me. I want to reveal relations between the nanoworld and physical properties in liquids, such as phase stability and complex structures.

Research profile

Remco Tuinier heads the Physical Chemistry group which is active in the field of polymeric and/or colloidal liquids and (modified) advanced surfaces. An integrated experimental-theoretical program is being developed focusing on

  • the interactions in and phase behavior of colloidal and colloid–polymer mixtures;
  • the modification and functionalization of surfaces; and
  • self-assembly of complex systems.

This is combined with the recently revised and strengthened physical chemistry education at TU/e. Tuinier strives to promote polymer science connections between the different departments at TU/e: Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics and Chemical Engineering & Chemistry.

In his research Tuinier aims at gaining understanding of the physical properties of matter and of (chemical) processes by combining experiments and theory. Applied experimental techniques are small-angle X-ray, neutron and light scattering, electron, confocal and light microscopy, polymer and colloid synthesis, rheology, and interfacial methods. Theoretical tools used by the group are self-consistent field computations and statistical thermodynamics, both for predicting phase behaviour and structural thermodynamic interfacial and bulk properties of colloidal and/or polymeric mixtures. The focus is on four related, and overlapping subthemes:

i.    assembly of colloids and polymers;
ii.   polymers & colloids at surfaces;
iii.  stability and dynamics of colloid-polymer mixtures; and
iv.  physical-chemical properties of deep eutectic solvents. 

Academic background

Remco Tuinier studied food science at Wageningen University where he obtained his PhD in 1999 for research on exocellular polysaccharides and protein-polysaccharide mixtures, performed in cooperation with the NIZO food research institute. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Utrecht University, and in 2001 became a staff member at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. Between 2008 and 2015 he worked at DSM ChemTech Center in Geleen (the Netherlands). As of 2010 he combined this with a part-time position at Utrecht University at the Van 't Hoff laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry where he holds the part-time chair 'Colloid-Polymer Mixtures' since 2013. Since 2015 he is full professor of Physical Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry.

Affiliated with

  • Debye Institute, Utrecht University
  • Van ‘t Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Utrecht University
  • KNCV (Royal Netherlands Chemical Society), section Macromolecules

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • DSM
  • Altana-Byk
  • DOW

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colloids Fysica en Astronomie
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Eutectics Chemische stoffen
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Onderzoeksoutput 1995 2020

20 Citaties (Scopus)
106 Downloads (Pure)

Controlled nanoparticle formation by diffusion limited coalescence

Stepanyan, R., Lebouille, J. G. J. L., Slot, J. J. M., Tuinier, R. & Cohen Stuart, M. A., 2012, In : Physical Review Letters. 109, 13, blz. 1-5 138301.

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Open Access
18 Citaties (Scopus)

Colloids and the depletion interaction

Lekkerkerker, H. N. W. & Tuinier, R., 2011, Dordrecht: Springer. 233 blz. (Lecture notes in physics; vol. 833)

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75 Citaties (Scopus)

Analytical phase diagrams for colloids and non-adsorbing polymer

Fleer, G. J. & Tuinier, R., 4 nov 2008, In : Advances in Colloid and Interface Science. 143, 1-2, blz. 1-47 47 blz.

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Phase diagrams
phase diagrams
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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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Open Access
Self assembly
Lactic acid
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Dual responsive PMEEECL-PAE block copolymers: a computational self-assembly and doxorubicin uptake study

Koochaki, A., Moghbeli, M. R., Nikkhah, S. J., Ianiro, A. & Tuinier, R., 20 jan 2020, In : RSC Advances. 10, 6, blz. 3233-3245 13 blz.

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Open Access
Self assembly
Block copolymers
Molecular dynamics


Coatings science and technology

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Fysische chemie

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Graduation Project MSMC

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Polymer and colloid science

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Polymer Reaction Engineering

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Colloid-polymer mixtures

Remco Tuinier (Onderzoeker)

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Eutectic mixtures

Remco Tuinier (Onderzoeker)

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Polymers and colloids at surfaces

Remco Tuinier (Onderzoeker), A.C.C. (Catarina) Esteves (Onderzoeker)

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Self-assembly and micellization

Remco Tuinier (Onderzoeker)

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Amphiphilic block copolymers in complex solvents: understanding phase behaviour to control their self-assembly

Auteur: Ding, Z., 30 aug 2017

Begeleider: de Carvalho Esteves, C. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Ianiro, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Tuinier, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Sommerdijk, N. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Behaviour and morphology of self-assemblies of pH-responsive polyurethane ionomers

Auteur: Song, S., 29 nov 2017

Begeleider: Voets, I. K. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Sahebali, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Tuinier, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Sijbesma, R. P. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Complex coacervate core micelles containing poly(vinyl alcohol) for anti-icing applications

Auteur: Sproncken, C., apr 2017

Begeleider: Voets, I. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Suris Valls, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Tuinier, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Hydrophilic coatings for marine applications: investigation of different polycarbonate polumers as base for hydrophilic, anti-fouling, self-replenishing coatings

Auteur: Scholten, H., 29 nov 2017

Begeleider: Tuinier, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1), de Carvalho Esteves, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Jiménez Pardo, I. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Instabilities of non-Newtonian fluids in multiphase flows

Auteur: Vrouwenvelder, J., 31 jan 2018

Begeleider: Kuipers, H. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Peters, F. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Padding, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Tuinier, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Finotello, G. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & De, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master