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 moving, 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 optoelectronic applications || 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, and the Delft Process Technology Institute.

PhD position available!

We're looking for an ambitious PhD researcher working on catalysis in polymer materials. More information here. Deadline for application April 7.


January 2018: Grant awarded! An NWO-NSFC grant, a collaboration between the Eelkema Lab and prof. Sanzhong Luo at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

January 2018: Matija Lovrak successfully defends his PhD, congratulations Matija!

November 2017: Rienk visits Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and presents the group's work on catalysis.

November 2017: A new single molecule diode design is published in PCCP, together with the van der Zant Lab. (Open Access)

November 2017: Congratulations Michelle on winning the AkzoNobel Graduate Prize!

October 2017: Fanny's paper on signal activation of catalytic activity is published in Nature Communications. Well done Fanny!

October 2017: Serhii's paper on gel stabilization of all-aqueous emulsions, a project led by the van Esch group, is published in Angewandte Chemie, and highlighted in Nature Reviews Chemistry.


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