Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials & Devices

We  develop polymers with new responsive functionalities and integrate them into devices, to meet industrial and societal challenges in the fields of sustainable energy, healthcare, and personal comfort.


Developing devices to demonstrate the value of new polymers 

Our group is internationally recognized for a complete chain‐of‐knowledge approach spanning from synthesis to device fabrication. In our view, integration of newly‐developed polymers into devices that employ their functionality is essential for demonstrating scientific and economic value. To pursue this integrated approach, we employ staff members with strong expertise in organic synthesis, self-assembly, nano‐ and micro‐structuring, polymer chemistry and technology, mechanics, device optics and physics. We have extensive expertise in manufacturing and testing of devices on a prototype scale.

Our research lines


ILCEC 2019

The International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference (ILCEC) will be held from September 15 – 18, 2019, at NATLAB in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The ILCEC 2019 will bring together chemists, physicists, and engineers to share both fundamental advances and discuss application opportunities for this exciting class of materials. 

SFD is proud to organize this conference and we hope you will consider joining us in Eindhoven!


Student opportunities

The mission of the Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials & Devices group is to educate students in the field of polymer materials spanning from synthesis to device fabrication.

Meet some of our Researchers