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.


September 2018: Fanny Trausel successfully defended her PhD on responsive catalysts, congratulations!

September 2018: New group members: Guotai Li (PhD), Irene Piergentili (PhD), Sven Weerdenburg (BSc), Muhamad Hartono (MSc), all welcome!

August 2018: Fanny & Chandan's Chem. Sci. paper on signal-responsive organocatalysis is highlighted in Chemistry World!

July 2018: Matija's 2017 Nature Communications paper on reaction-diffusion in hydrogels is now added to the Nature Communications Supramolecular Chemistry Collection.

June 2018: Paper accepted! Chandan and Fanny's work on signal-induced catalyst activation just appeared in Chemical Science (open access). Well done Chandan & Fanny!

May 2018: Paper accepted! Matija Lovrak's work on using supramolecular gel formation to glue polymer gels is accepted for a special issue of ChemNanoMat, edited by prof. Dave Adams and prof. Subi George.

May 2018: Paper published! Fanny's work on aniline catalysis of hydrazone formation was published in Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis.


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