Rienk Eelkema Research Lab

Dr. Rienk Eelkema

Rienk was born in 1978 near Utrecht, the Netherlands. He completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Groningen in 2001, majoring in organic chemistry (supervisor Prof. Ben L. Feringa). He then obtained his PhD in Chemistry in the same group, studying supramolecular chemistry, stereochemistry and nano- and microscale motion in liquid crystalline systems. After completing postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford with Prof. Harry L. Anderson FRS in the field of nanoscale insulation of molecular wires, he joined the TU Delft Faculty in 2008 and obtained tenure in 2013.


Research and Education

Associate professor
Assistant professor (tenured), Delft University of Technology
Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Oxford
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Groningen (cum laude, top 5%)
M.Sc. Chemistry, University of Groningen


Research interests

application of organic synthesis in materials chemistry, small molecule and polymer self-assembly,new synthetic methodology, catalysis, optoelectronic materials, and dynamic and out-of-equilibrium molecular self-assembling systems.

Awards and Grants

  • ERC Consolidator Grant 2016
  • STW Open Mind grant 2016
  • Delft Health Initiative seed grant 2016
  • FOM programme grant 2016
  • NWO Vidi grant 2013
  • Early Excellence Profile in J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2013, 26, 287-288
  • NWO Echo grant 2011
  • NWO Complexity grant 2010
  • NWO Veni grant 2009
  • Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant 2009
  • KNCV-Backer Award for the best Ph.D. thesis in Organic Chemistry in the Netherlands 2007
  • Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant 2006
  • Rubicon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant 2006
  • Strating Prize for the best Organic Chemistry colloquium 2000–2001 at the University of Groningen. Title: “Palladium Catalyzed Tandem Reactions”

Invited Lectures

  • KNAW (Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences) Academy Colloquium: Functional molecular systems going out-of-equilibrium 2016
  • Micro- and Nanomachines: Chemical and Biological Nanomotors 2016
  • MESA+ / UTwente Soft Matter+ event, NL 2016
  • CHAINS soft matter, NL 2015
  • GRC Supramolecular Materials, Italy 2015
  • Wageningen University, NL 2015
  • COST School Colloids and Interfaces, London UK 2015
  • Delft Process Technology Institute annual symposium, NL, 2014
  • Leiden University Chemical Biology Lecture, NL, 2014
  • Prof. Ben Feringa's 100th PhD Symposium, NL, 2014
  • Royal Dutch Chemical Society Spring Meeting, NL, 2014
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2014
  • NWO Molecules: Synthesis and Properties, NL, 2013
  • MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 2013.
  • International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry, Durham, UK, 2012.
  • Fysica-Chemie Conference 2012, University of Twente, 2012.
  • Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 2012.
  • NERC institute Seminar, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, 2012.
  • Department of BioNanoscience Seminar, TU Delft, 2012.
  • Institute for Systems Chemistry Seminar, University of Groningen, 2012.
  • WUR Department of Chemistry Colloquium, Wageningen, 2010.
  • EUChems Young Investigators Workshop, Regensburg, Germany, 2010.
  • Dutch Cancer Institute (NKI), Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2009.
  • KNCV-Backer award symposium, Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2007.

Rienk Eelkema | Associate Professor | r.eelkema at tudelft.nl | +31(0)152781035 (tel.) | room D2.340 | van der Maasweg 9, 2629 HZ Delft, the Netherlands
Advanced Soft Matter Group | Department of Chemical Engineering | Faculty of Applied Sciences | Delft Process Technology Institute | Delft University of Technology