Eindhoven University of Technology – TU/e

The Eindhoven University of Technology is an innovation driven university in The Netherlands that focusses on societal and industrial themes like health, energy, transport and the environment. Its mission is to foster multidisciplinary scientific and technological research, transfer knowledge to industry and society, training of scientific and technical staff and create technology-based companies.

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry is one of the nine departments of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). It was established in 1957, shortly after the university was founded. The department has approximately 500 employees, 14 full-time professors, 370 Bachelor’s and Master’s students, about 145 doctoral candidates and 40 trainee design engineers. It has extensive laboratory facilities that occupy 12,000 m2. The department aspires to be an academic institution for education and research in chemical science and engineering of the highest international standard. The aim is to generate and to develop technology and scientific knowledge relevant for the long-term needs of society. Scientific curiosity and the use of newly generated knowledge are the main driving forces behind the continuing enhancement of the chosen fields of expertise.

The laboratory of Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices (SFD) develops polymers with new responsive functionalities and integrate them into devices to meet industrial and societal challenges in the fields of sustainable energy, healthcare & personal comfort. The group follows the complete chain of knowledge; from organic synthesis to prototype devices (molecule –> device). The integration of these new polymers in devices is what distinguishes the group from many other research groups. The group operates at the nexus between the basic sciences, applied sciences, and engineering, inspiring a variety of multidisciplinary projects and interactions. SFD collaborates with multinationals, small- and medium size enterprises, and facilitates start-ups.


Albert Schenning

Prof. Dr. Albert Schenning leads the research group Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices (SFD). His research interests center on stimuli responsive functional materials and devices. This entails the development of polymer materials with new responsive functionalities and integrating them into devices Schenning received his PhD degree at the University of Nijmegen in 1996. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Dr. E.W. Meijer at Eindhoven and the group of Prof. Dr. F. Diederich at the ETH in Zurich. From 1998 until 2002, he was a Royal Netherlands Academy of Science (KNAW) fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology active in the field of supramolecular organization of pi-conjugated polymers. He received the European Young Investigators Award from the European Heads of Research Councils and the European Science Foundation, the golden medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society and a VICI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Schenning has published more than 300 papers and his Hirsch index is currently 65.