Beneficiary 2: TUE

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE)

Scientist in Charge: Anja Palmans

The Technische Universiteit Eindhoven is a leading international university specializing in engineering science & technology, contributing to the development of technological sciences and innovations and to the growth of welfare and wellbeing. The Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) is a multidisciplinary research platform that combines experiments in chemistry, physics, and biology with predictions and descriptions based on advanced mathematics, analytical theory, and modelling focusing on functional molecular systems and bio-inspired engineering. The institute currently hosts 36 core staff members and an international group of 80 postdocs and PhD students.

The Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic chemistry is part of the ICMS located at the TU/e, and focuses on supramolecular systems and how individual molecules can influence the properties of the assembly of multi-component systems. Special attention is given to the use of supramolecular interactions to fold synthetic polymers into conformations that show enzyme-like catalysis. The research performed in our group takes place at the interface between supramolecular chemistry, polymer chemistry and catalysis. Our strength is our ability to combine small molecule synthesis with complex polymer synthesis, and perform detailed catalysis studies on the formed macromolecular complexes. Our interdisciplinary approach also permits detailed characterisations of the formed macromolecular systems using spectroscopic, microscopic and scattering techniques. With these, information of the systems on multiple length scales are obtained.