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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). Between 2010 and 2020 he combined this with a part-time position at Utrecht University at the Van 't Hoff laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry where he held the part-time chair 'Colloid-Polymer Mixtures'. With Henk N.W. Lekkerkerker he wrote the book 'Colloid and the Depletion Interaction' (Springer), which appeared in 2011. 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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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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  • 20 Citaten (Scopus)
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    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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  • 21 Citaten (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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    (Homo)polymer-mediated colloidal stability of micellar solutions

    González García, Á., Ianiro, A., Beljon, R., Leermakers, F. A. M. & Tuinier, R., 14 feb 2020, In : Soft Matter. 16, 6, blz. 1560-1571 12 blz.

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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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    Colloid-polymer mixtures

    Remco Tuinier (Onderzoeker)

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    Eutectic mixtures

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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

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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