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.


October 2021: Tobias Brevé's paper on gamma-ray induced polymer hydrogel contraction is published in Macromolecular Materials & Engineering. Open access!

August 2021: Welcome to Anastasiia Sharko, on a secondment from the Hermans Lab at ISIS (Unistra), in the Creanet ITN. 

June 2021: Yongjun Men, Tobias Breve and Hunhuan Liu published their work on photoresponsive thioketal polymers in Polymer Chemistry, open access.

June 2021: Bowen Fan defended his PhD on dynamic covalent polymer hydrogels. Congratulations, Dr. Fan! CSC funded.

June 2021: A collaborative review on single molecule protein sequencing appeared in Nature Methods. Open access.

April 2021: Guotai Li's paper on supramolecular control over organocatalyst activity is published in Angewandte Chemie, well done! Open access!

March 2021: Michelle van der Helm defended her PhD on catalysis in chemical reaction networks. Congratulations, Dr. van der Helm! ERC funded.

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!



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