prof.dr.ir. R. (Remco) Tuinier - Expertise
P.O. Box 513
5600 MB EINDHOVEN
- D12200 - Theoretical physics, (quantum) mechanics
- D13200 - Macromolecular chemistry, polymer chemistry
- D13500 - Physical chemistry
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; and
- self-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; and
iv. physical-chemical properties of deep eutectic solvents.
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.
- Debye Institute, Utrecht University
- Van ‘t Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Utrecht University
- KNCV (Royal Netherlands Chemical Society), section Macromolecules
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