Eduardo Mendes research focusses on "Functional Soft Matter” and it encompasses fundamental and application aspects. Mainly working with gels and self-assembled molecules, he makes use of micro fabrication, microfluidics and 3D printing techniques to formulate new responsive / functional / soft materials. Studies spam from magneto or light responsive micro-structured surfaces to drug nano carriers, tissue engineering and lab-on-a-chip virus detection. His research group is embedded in a large network and many interdisciplinary projects are carried out in cooperation with chemist and biologist colleagues, on campus and abroad.
Eduardo Mendes has a background in physics and received a PhD in France on polymer gels. After a few years at Ecole de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ParisTech) as CNRS fellow, he moved to the Laboratoire des Fluides Complexes, another CNRS research unit at Strasbourg University. Later, he obtained a “Habilitation à diriger des recherches” (hab.). He is at TU Delft since 2003 where he holds an Associate Professor position.
In 2014 he was at Cornell University as a visiting professor.
Eduardo Mendes is member of various educational boards and committees, and he is Director of the Specialisation “Awareness & Culture” that is part of the BSc TU Delft Interfaculty Honours Program. The specialisation is based on a new concept (Art Embedded Learning in Higher Education) that he developed during the last years. Within the specialization, students are brought to the atelier where, through the process of “making art as an artist” and guided by professional artists, they exam ethical and social aspects related to the impact and (unforeseen) use of new technologies.
He has taught various courses at TU Delft and at the moment he teaches:
Structuur en Eigenschappen van Materialen (BSc)
Polymer Science (MSc)
Molecular Thermodynamics (MSc)
Soft Matter for Chemical Products (MSc)
Art, Empathy & Ethics (MSc & BSc “Awareness & Culture Honours Program”)
Matter of Art (BSc “Awareness & Culture Honours Program” - In cooperation with the Royal Academy of Art (KABK)
Yearly Lecture on Polymer Gels at the Dutch National Graduate School PTN / RPK