Jan van Hest named the new scientific director of ICMS

Starting May 8, professor Jan van Hest will be the new scientific director of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Ten years after the official start of the ICMS, the founding director professor Bert Meijer will be succeeded by Van Hest during a special event celebrating the 10 years existence of ICMS.

ICMS fosters the interdisciplinary collaboration in research and education in basic sciences in general and in complex molecular systems in particular. Five departments of the TU/e participate in the ICMS and the specific research topics are focused on polymer science & engineering, materials-driven regeneration, chemical biology, complexity & networks, functional supramolecular systems, molecular devices and 4-D characterization of soft matter. These seven pillars structurally connect scientists with a strong interdisciplinary fundament to push the frontiers of science and engineering beyond the status quo. The success of the ICMS approach is exemplified by its active involvement in four gravitation programs.

Jan van Hest received his PhD in Eindhoven in 1996 under the supervision of Bert Meijer. After a postdoc positon with Dave Tirrell at the University of Amherst in the USA and a research position at DSM Research, he was appointed at the age of 31 as a full professor in bio-organic chemistry at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. Since 2017, he has returned to his alma mater. In Eindhoven, Jan van Hest continues his exciting research in  bio-organic chemistry in both the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering & Chemistry. Recently, he chaired the TU/e expedition 2030 study group to define future research directions of the TU/e and a connection between those directions and the future of ICMS will be secured.

Bert Meijer remains strongly connected to the ICMS and will act as co-director to support the new team of Jan van Hest, managing director Monique Bruining, and the leaders of the 7 pillars of ICMS. The board of the TU/e is very pleased with the new directions of the ICMS and regards it as a successful way to stimulate interdisciplinary research and education in the basic sciences, with the CERES building as the advanced study center of the TU/e.