Using molecular self-assembly we build supramolecular polymers that derive their functionality from responsivity to molecular or mechanical stimuli and from their structure at the nanometer length scale.

 

 

At the Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry group at Eindhoven University of Technology we develop molecular self-assembly as a tool to create smart, responsive materials. The study of mechanically induced chemistry is one of our main activities. Also, as part of a coherent, interdisciplinary research program at TU/e, we contribute to the development and characterization of biocompatible synthetic materials that are mechanically indistinguishable from biological materials. Thirdly, we exploit photopolymerizable liquid crystalline materials to develop responsive and thin films, and nanoporous membranes.
Finally, we explore the chemistry of Dynamic Covalent Polymer Networks for 3D printing and other applications.

 

NEWS 2019

October:

Welcome to our new Bachelor End Project student: Laurens van Andel.

On October 2nd, 2019 Eveline Maassen has successfully defended her thesis titled: Dynamic Covalent Chemistry for UV Curable Networks. Congratulations Dr. Maassen!

September:

On September 30th, 2019 Jan Henk Kamps has successfully defended his thesis titled: Differentiated polymers through the use of activated carbonates. Congratulations Dr. Kamps!

 

 

Welcome to our new Bachelor End Project student: Caitlin Pieneman.

August:

 

Congratulations to Angelo Nicosia for winning the Best solution Award during the EIT Health Traslational Fellowship Program training camp, a European program held in St’Anne College (University of Oxford).

He won with his pitch about “A nano defence against bacterial contaminations”, that is a part of his PhD project.

May:

A warm welcome to the newest addition to our group: Lotte Hoff.

April:

New additions to the Sijbesma group: Yunfei Guo, PhD,  Angelo Nicosia, Guest PhD and Tessa Loman, Melvin van der Schaft and Martijn Scholten, Bachelor End Project students. Welcome!

March:

 

Patricia Marin has won the Poster presentation award at the Dutch Polymer Days 2019 in Lunteren, March 25th and 26th 2019.

Title of her presentation was: Polymerizable liquid crystal based nanoporous membranes for water filtration

Congratulations!

 

January:

On January 29th 2019 Bao Li successfully defended his thesis titled: Productive Bond Scission Processes in Polymer Mechanochemistry. Congratulations Dr. Li!

News 2018

November:

Congratulations to Annelore Aerts, who on the 13th November 2018, at the Annual DPI meeting in Eindhoven, received the Third Poster Prize for her poster with the title: “π-extended anthracene as mechanophore”