Full Professor

Remco Tuinier

The combination of educating students with doing research inspires me. I want to reveal relations between the nanoworld and physical properties in liquids, such as phase stability and complex structures.

Group / Unit
Physical Chemistry
Floor / room

Research Profile

Remco Tuinier heads the Physical Chemistry group which is active in the field of polymeric and/or colloidal liquids and (modified) advanced surfaces. An integrated experimental-theoretical program is being developed focusing on the interactions in and phase behavior of colloidal and colloid–polymer mixtures;the modification and functionalization of surfaces; andself-assembly of complex systems. This is combined with the recently revised and strengthened physical chemistry education at TU/e. Tuinier strives to promote polymer science connections between the different departments at TU/e: Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics and Chemical Engineering & Chemistry. In his research Tuinier aims at gaining understanding of the physical properties of matter and of (chemical) processes by combining experiments and theory. Applied experimental techniques are small-angle X-ray, neutron and light scattering, electron, confocal and light microscopy, polymer and colloid synthesis, rheology, and interfacial methods. Theoretical tools used by the group are self-consistent field computations and statistical thermodynamics, both for predicting phase behaviour and structural thermodynamic interfacial and bulk properties of colloidal and/or polymeric mixtures. The focus is on four related, and overlapping subthemes: i.    assembly of colloids and polymers;ii.   polymers & colloids at surfaces;iii.  stability and dynamics of colloid-polymer mixtures; andiv.  physical-chemical properties of deep eutectic solvents. 

Academic Background

Remco Tuinier studied food science at Wageningen University where he obtained his PhD in 1999 for research on exocellular polysaccharides and protein-polysaccharide mixtures, performed in cooperation with the NIZO food research institute. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Utrecht University, and in 2001 became a staff member at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. Between 2008 and 2015 he worked at DSM ChemTech Center in Geleen (the Netherlands). As of 2010 he combined this with a part-time position at Utrecht University at the Van 't Hoff laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry where he holds the part-time chair 'Colloid-Polymer Mixtures' since 2013. Since 2015 he is full professor of Physical Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry.

Educational Activities

  • Advanced thermodynamics and kinetics
  • Coatings science and technology
  • Physical chemistry
  • Polymer and colloid science

Ancillary Activities

  • Bijzonder hoogleraar, Universiteit Utrecht