Rienk Eelkema Lab


Our research is concerned with the design, synthesis, characterization and application of new molecular materials. We have a special focus on using in situ chemical reactivity to control the assembly of dynamic materials and the stability of polymers, to make materials that can respond to changes in their environment by releasing drugs, disintegrating, or changing color, shape or rigidity, or materials that exist outside of chemical equilibrium and can thus carry out special functions.

Areas of interest: Dynamic covalent materials || Out of equilibrium self assembly || Catalytic control over self assembly processes || Materials for biomedical applications || Organic & polymer synthesis || Aqueous phase chemistry & assembly

The Eelkema Lab is part of the Soft Matter cluster at Delft University of Technology, the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Delft Process Technology Institute, and the Delft Bioengineering Institute.


February 2021: A simulations paper by Michelle van der Helm and Tuanke de Beun is published in Chemical Science!  In the paper, we show how catalysts can change the kinetics of individual paths in a fuel-driven chemical reaction network, and thereby the behavior of the network. Open Access!

February 2021: Yiming Wang's group at ECUST published a study on using transient polymer gels for drug crystallization and release, in Chemical Engineering Journal.

January 2021: Welcome to Bohang 'Jesse' Wu, an exchange student from Martien Cohen Stuart's lab at ECUST. Jesse is here on a one year exchange funded by CSC.

January 2021: students Tim Groeneveld (BSc) and Tuanke de Beun (MSc) defended their theses, well done! Tim worked on light-sensitive compounds for drug delivery, Tuanke on numerical simulations of fuel-driven chemical reaction networks.

December 2020: Huanhuan's paper: "Ionizing radiation induced release from poly(-caprolactone-b-ethylene glycol) micelles" was published in ACS Applied Polymer Materials; collaboration with Antonia Denkova at RST. Open Access!

November 2020: Welcome to new PhD student Juncheng Liu, a joint PhD with the Denkova Lab.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Rienk Eelkema
Van der Maasweg 9, 2629 HZ Delft, The Netherlands; Office: D2.340; Postal address: P.O. Box 5, 2600 AA Delft; Phone: +31 (0)15 27 81035; E-mail: r.eelkema at tudelft.nl

Management assistant: Ms. Veby Agus
Phone: +31 (0)15 27 82682; Fax: +31 (0)15 2784289; E-mail: v.a.agus at tudelft.nl