SFD is a member of the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories (EPL). The group's focus on materials for functional devices with high societal and industrial impact has resulted in a high degree of collaborations with like-minded academic groups and many industrial partners. For example, SFD closely collaborates with academic groups at; TU Delft, University of Twente, South China Normal University, Universidad Zaragoza, University of Cambridge, Kent State University, and the Queen Mary University of London. Industrial partners include; DSMNXPFujifilmPhilips , ASMLSabicHeijmans, and Merck.

Proudly -- SFD's "close-to-the-market" mentality has resulted in the generation of many start-up companies: