Rienk Eelkema Research Lab

Catalytic Control over Soft Materials

We can change the rate of covalent bond formation in self-assembled multicomponent materials using catalysis, providing a handle on the rate of material formation. By changing this rate or by localizing the catalyst, material morphology, properties and distribution can be controlled.

Key refs: Nature Chem. 2013, 5, 433; Angew. Chem. 2014, 53, 4132; OBC 2014, 12, 6292; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 12908.

Collaborators: Jan van Esch (TU Delft), Roxanne Kieltyka (Leiden Universisity), Sander van Kasteren (Leiden University), Gareth Lloyd (Heriot Watt University)


Fuel Driven, Out-of-Equilibrium Self Assembly

In an attempt to make active materials, we couple the formation and collapse of out-of-equilibrium self-assembled structures to the consumption of a chemical fuel, allowing the formation of transient assemblies, and control over structure formation in time and space.

Key refs: Science 2015, 349, 1075-1079; Angew. Chem. 2010, 49, 4825-4828; Nature 2006, 440, 163.

Collaborators: Jan van Esch (TU Delft), Ger Koper (TU Delft), Willem Kegel (Utrecht University), Luc Brunsveld (TU Eindhoven)

Design and Synthesis of Opto-electronic Materials

We work on the design and chemical synthesis of new electronic molecular materials, often for studying quantum interference effects and charge carrier transport, and for applications as probes in biology.

Key refs: Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 4196-4206, Nature Nanotech. 2013, 8, 282; Angew. Chem. 2013, 52, 3152.

Collaborators: Ferdinand Grozema (TU Delft), Herre van der Zant (TU Delft)


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