News

Starting my research group at TU Munich

As of January 1st 2016, I’ll start my own research group at the chemistry department of the TU Munich. Our research will focus on supramolecular materials with applications ranging from healthcare to robotics. I am looking for motivated graduate students and postdocs. More information soon. See more at: https://www.professoren.tum.de/en/boekhoven-job/



Millions Awarded to Northwestern for Energy Research

Two Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) at Northwestern University will continue to receive multimillion-dollar funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for projects designed to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a new 21st-century energy economy. The Northwestern University Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science (CBES) Center will receive $12 million over 4 years,…



Christina’s paper on “cell death or survival instructed by supramolecular cohesion” highlighted by phys.org

Synthetic peptides use the force to influence cell survival (Phys.org) —Peptide amphiphiles (PAs) are an emerging class of molecules that can be designed for novel therapies in advanced medicine. They are designed with structural regions that allow them to spontaneously assemble into large complex structures like nanofibers (fibers with diameters of approximately 10 nanometers). Researchers…



Just add acid for stiffness

TUDelta News: Delft researchers have made hydrogels with tunable stiffness that seem promising for culturing stem cells and cleaning up oil slicks at sea.  Whether it is for applications in biomedical industry, petrochemicals or cosmetics, you don’t want your hydrogel to be too slimy or too stiff. Dr. Rienk Eelkema, and colleagues from his Advanced…



Gel voor biomedische toepassing supersnel te fabriceren

NWO News: Moleculaire hydrogels hebben enorm veel mogelijke toepassingen in gebieden zoals cel- en weefselkweek, de petrochemische industrie en cosmetica, maar de hiervoor belangrijke eigenschappen van de gel zijn moeilijk te sturen. NWO-onderzoeker Rienk Eelkema van de TU Delft ontwikkelde een techniek waarmee de gels met behulp van katalysatoren gemakkelijk en nauwkeurig bij kamertemperatuur gemaakt…



Tunable release platform highlighted in Chemistry & Industry

Chemistry and Industry Highlight: Delivery platform with post-production tunable release rate Self-assembly of three molecular components results in a delivery platform, the release rate of which can be tuned after its production (J. Boekhoven, M. Koot , T. A. Wezendonk, R. Eelkema, J. H. van Esch; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 12908) (Scheme 2). A…



Tunable release rate platform highlighted by ChemistryViews

ChemistryViews Highlight: To develop a model delivery platform with a tunable release rate, Jan H. van Esch and colleagues, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, designed a system comprised of three major components: a hydrogelator, a proteolytic enzyme, and a phospholipid. The low-molecular-weight hydrogelator, based on a cyclohexane-tris-amide core, is covalently connected to the fluorogenic…



Cum Laude defense

My doctoral work got rewarded with cum laude! See here a copy of my thesis.  



Seeding Sprinkles of Hope

TUDelta News: PhD student Job Boekhoven won a NWO Rubicon grant and will soon be heading to Chicago to develop injectable microspheres to repair brain damage resulting from strokes. Job Boekhoven, who conducted his PhD research at Professor Jan van Esch’s lab (Applied Sciences), specialised in making self-assembling molecules, which often have a hydrophilic (water-loving) and…



NWO Rubicon Grant awarded

I have been awarded an NWO Rubicon Grant to fund my postdoctoral studies in Chicago!   See here the NWO press release. See here the TU Delft press release and an interview by TUDelta.



Bioinspired chemistry: Diversity for self-assembly

Nature Chemistry Highlight: Self-assembly typically occurs through reversible interactions that slowly arrange building blocks into the most thermodynamically favoured structure. The involvement of enzymatic catalysis in the process has now enabled the rapid construction of a variety of low-defect architectures. Read More.



Dissipative self-assembly highlighted

Nature Chemistry Highlight: An alkylating agent is constantly consumed to fuel the formation of a self-assembled gel that exists far from equilibrium. A vast array of different structures can be formed by exploiting reversible, multiple weak intermolecular interactions. The structures that are formed are, for the most part, stable at equilibrium. Inspiration for research into…