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.


December 2019: Luuk Reinalda successfully defended his MSc Thesis, congratulations Luuk!

December 2019: Benjamin Klemm presented his work at the CHAINS conference.

November 2019: Welcome to PhD student Benjamin Spitzbarth! funded by the CreaNet ITN.

October 2019: Susan van Rossum successfully defended her PhD Thesis, congratulations Dr. van Rossum! 

October 2019: Paper on chemical reaction networks published in ChemSystemsChem, open access.

September 2019: Paper published in ACS Nano: single molecule detection of modified cysteines using a protein nanopore. Collaboration with the Chirlmin Joo Lab, the Cees Dekker Lab (Delft Bionanoscience) and the Giovanni Maglia Lab (Groningen). 

September 2019: Welcome to MSc thesis students Jennifer Hong, Mehrnoush Zarandoush and Chang-Lin Wang!

July 2019: Review on organocatalysis in aqueous media published in Nature Reviews Chemistry. Well done Michelle & Benjamin!

July 2019: Rienk and Irene visited Tsinghua University and the Sanzhong Luo group.

July 2019: Stefan van der Griend successfully defended his BSc Thesis, congratulations!


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