Susan van Rossum


Susan was born near Gouda (The Netherlands) in 1990. After finishing her Bachelor in Chemistry at the University of Utrecht in 2012, she continued for her Master ‘Nanomaterials: Chemistry and Physics’. During her master thesis and her internship at Croda B.V. she became specialized in self-assembly, quantum dots and self-healing polymers. Currently, she is a PhD researcher under professor Rienk Eelkema. Her research involves designing a dissipative self-assembling system in which both the activation and deactivation step can be controlled by two different catalysts. The incorporation of catalysts is one of the next steps in the field of dissipative self-assembly as it can lead to more control and new functions, like compartmentalization and feedback loops.


2014 - present Advanced Soft Matter - 'Catalytic control of dissipative self-assembly'
2014 Internship - Croda B.V. Gouda Synthesis and analysis of self-repairing polymers
2012- 2014 M.Sc. Nanomaterials: Chemistry and Physics - University of Utrecht
2009 - 2012 B.Sc. Chemistry - University of Utrecht Bachelor thesis - 'Anisotropic epoxy functionalized particles'

Research Interests

Supramolecular chemistry, Out-of-equilibrium systems, Soft matter, Colloid chemistry, Organic chemistry    


S.A.P. van Rossum, M Tena-Solsona, J.H. van Esch, R. Eelkema, J. Boekhoven, Dissipative out-of-equilibrium assembly of man-made supramolecular materials, Chemical Society Reviews, 2017, 46, 5519-5535.

C. van Overbeek, J. Peters, S.A.P. van Rossum, M. Smits, M. van Huis, D. Vanmaëkelbergh, Interfacial self-assembly and oriented attachment in the family of PbX (X=Se, S, Te) nanocrystals, submitted to Chemistry of Materials.

 M.P. Boneschanscher, W.H. Evers, J.J. Geuchies, T. Altantzis, B. Goris, F.T. Rabouw, S.A.P. van Rossum, H.S.J. van der Zant, L.D.A. Siebbeles, G. van Tendeloo, I. Swart, J. Hilhorst, A.V. Petukhov, S. Bals, and D. Vanmaëkelbergh, Long-range orientation and atomic attachment of nanocrystals in 2D honeycomb superlattices, Science, 2014, 344, 6190, 1377-1380.