Dr. Rienk Eelkema
Position: Assistant Professor
Adress: Julianalaan 136,
2628BL Delft, the Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0)15 278 1035
 +31 (0)15 278 4289
E-mail: r.eelkema @tudelft.nl



Rienk Eelkema is assistant professor in the Self Assembling Systems group at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Delft University of Technology. He completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 2001, majoring in organic chemistry (supervisor Prof. Ben L. Feringa). He then obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry in the same group, studying supramolecular chemistry, stereochemistry and nano- and microscale motion in liquid crystalline systems. After completing postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford with Prof. Harry L. Anderson in the field of nanoscale insulation of molecular wires, he joined the TU Delft faculty in 2008. Dr. Eelkema’s research interests include the application of organic synthesis in materials chemistry, small molecule and polymer self-assembly, optoelectronic materials, and dynamic and complex molecular self-assembling systems. 

Awards & Grants:

2011 NWO Echo grant
2010 NWO Complexity Grant (with J. van Esch, G. Koper, S. Kjelstrup and L. Brunsveld)
2009 NWO Veni Grant
2008 Marie Curie Reintegration Grant
2007 KNCV-Backer Award
2006 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship
2006 Rubicon Fellowship
2001 Strating colloquium award, University of Groningen 


    • Signatures of Quantum Interference Effects on Charge Transport Through a Single Benzene Ring, Carlos R. Arroyo, Simge Tarkuc, Riccardo Frisenda, Johannes S. Seldenthuis, Charlotte H. M. Woerde, Rienk Eelkema, Ferdinand C. Grozema, Herre S. J. van der Zant, Angew.Chemie, 2013, doi:10.1002/anie.201207667 
    • Aggregation-Driven Reversible Formation of Conjugated Polymers in Water, Dainius Janeliunas, Patrick van Rijn, Job Boekhoven, Christophe B. Minkenberg, Jan H. van Esch,  Rienk Eelkema, Angew.Chemie, 2013, doi:10.1002/anie.201209004  
    • Dynamic covalent assembly of stimuli responsive vesicle gels, Christophe B. Minkenberg, Wouter E. Hendriksen, Feng Li, Eduardo Mendes, Rienk Eelkema, and Jan H. van Esch, Chem. Comm. 2012, doi:10.1039/C2CC34863B
    • Responsive Wormlike Micelles from Dynamic Covalent Surfactants, Jan H. van Esch, Rienk Eelkema, Ger J. M. Koper, Job Boekhoven, Christophe B. Minkenberg, Ben Norder, and Bart Homan, Langmuir, 2012 doi:10.1021/la302294r  
    • A Self-Assembled Delivery Platform with Post-production Tunable Release Rate, Job Boekhoven , Mathijs Koot , Tim A. Wezendonk , Rienk Eelkema , and Jan H. van Esch J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, doi:10.1021/ja3051876   
    • Photo-responsive doped cholesteric liquid crystals, Rienk Eelkema, Liquid Crystals, Vol. 38, Iss. 11-12, 2011, doi:10.1080/02678292.2011.600779 
    • Charge transport in a zinc–porphyrin single-molecule junction, Mickael L. Perrin, Christian A. Martin, Ferry Prins, Ahson J. Shaikh, Rienk Eelkema, Jan H. van Esch, Jan M. van Ruitenbeek, Herre S. J. van der Zant and Diana Dulić, Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 2011, doi: 10.3762/bjnano.2.77  
    • Molecular Patterning at a Liquid/Solid Interface: The Foldamer Approach, Min Li, Cristian Gobbo, Inge De Cat, Rienk Eelkema, Bernard Vanaverbeke, Roberto Lazzaroni, Steven De Feyter, and Jan van Esch, Langmuir, 2011, doi: 10.1021/la203410k
    • M. L. Perrin, F. Prins, C. A. Martin, A. J. Shaikh, R. Eelkema, J. H.  van Esch, T. Briza, R. Kaplanek, V. Kral, J. M. van Ruitenbeek, H. S. J. van der Zant & D. Dulić; “Influence of the chemical structure on the stability and conductance of porphyrin single-molecule junctions”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011.

    • P. van Rijn, D. Janeliunas, A. M. Brizard, M. C. A. Stuart, G. J. M. Koper, R. Eelkema & J. H. van Esch; “Self-assembly behaviour of conjugated terthiophene surfactants in water”, New J. Chem. 2011, 35, 558-567.

    • Job Boekhoven, Aurelie M. Brizard, Patrick van Rijn, Marc C.A. Stuart, Rienk Eelkema, Jan H. van Esch; "Programmed Morphological Transitions of Multisegment Assemblers by Molecular Chaperone Analogues", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011

    • Ferry Prins, Ahson J. Shaikh, Jan H. van Esch, Rienk Eelkema, Herre S. J. van der Zant, "Platinum-nanogaps for single-molecule electronics: room-temperature stability", PCCP, 2011.


    • Christophe B. Minkenberg, Feng Li, Patrick van Rijn, Louw Florusse, Job Boekhoven, Marc C. A. Stuart, Ger J. M. Koper, Rienk Eelkema, Jan H. van Esch,"Responsive Vesicles from Dynamic Covalent Surfactants",  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 15, 3421-3424.
      Highlighted in Nature (March 2011)

    • P. van Rijn, D. Janeliunas, A. M. Brizard, M. C. A. Stuart, G. J. M. Koper, R. Eelkema & J. H. van Esch; “Introduction of Curvature in Amphipathic Oligothiophenes for Defined Aggregate Formation”, Chem. Eur. J.  2010, 16, 13417-13428.
      Front cover


    •  J. Boekhoven, A. M. Brizard, K. N. K. Kowlgi, G. J. M. Koper, R. Eelkema & J. H. van Esch; “Dissipative self-assembly of a molecular gelator using a chemical fuel”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2010, 49, 4825-4828.
      Hot Paper on the Angewandte website
      Highlighted in Nature Chemistry (June 2010).
    • C. B. Minkenberg, L. Florusse, R. Eelkema, G. J. M. Koper & J. H. van Esch; “Triggered Self Assembly of Simple Dynamic Covalent Surfactants”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2009, 131, 11274–11275.
      Highlighted in Nature Nanotechnology (July 2009).
    • R. Eelkema & H. L. Anderson; “Synthesis of end-functionalized polyanilines”, Macromolecules2008, 41, 9930–9933.
    • Bosco, M. G. M. Jongejan, R. Eelkema, N. Katsonis, E. Lacaze, A. Ferrarini & B. L. Feringa; “Photoinduced reorganization of motor-doped chiral liquid crystals: bridging molecular isomerization and texture rotation”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2008, 130, 14615–14624.
    • R. Eelkema, K. Maeda, B. Odell & H. L. Anderson; “Radical cation stabilization in a cucurbituril oligoaniline rotaxane”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2007, 129, 12384–12385.
    • R. Eelkema & B. L. Feringa; “Amplification of chirality in liquid crystals”, Org. Biomol. Chem.2006, 4, 3729–3745.
    •  R. Eelkema, M. M. Pollard, N. Katsonis, J. Vicario, D. J. Broer & B. L. Feringa; “Rotational reorganization of doped cholesteric liquid crystalline films”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2006, 128, 14397–14407.
    • R. Eelkema & B. L. Feringa; “Reversible full-range color control of a cholesteric liquid crystalline film by using a molecular motor”, Chem.–Asian J.2006, 1, 367–369.


    • R. Eelkema, M. M. Pollard, J. Vicario, N. Katsonis, B. Serrano–Ramon, C. W. M. Bastiaansen, D. J. Broer & B. L. Feringa; “Nanomotor rotates microscale objects”, Nature2006, 440, 163.


    • R. Eelkema & B. L. Feringa; “Phosphoric acids as amplifiers of molecular chirality”, Org. Lett.2006, 8, 1331–1334.
    • R. Eelkema & B. L. Feringa; “Macroscopic expression of the chirality of amino alcohols by a double amplification mechanism in liquid crystalline media”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2005, 127, 13480–13481.
    • J. Vicario, R. Eelkema, W. R. Browne, A. Meetsma, R. M. La Crois & B. L. Feringa; “Catalytic molecular motors: fuelling autonomous movement by a surface bound synthetic manganese catalase”, Chem. Commun.2005, 3936–3938.
      Front Cover
      Hot Article on the Chem. Commun. website
    • R. Eelkema, R. A. van Delden & B. L. Feringa; “Direct visual detection of the stereoselectivity of a catalytic reaction”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2004, 43, 5013–5016.
      Hot Paper on the Angewandte website
      Must-Read on Faculty of 1000 – Biology
    • A. C. Comely, R. Eelkema, A. J. Minnaard & B. L. Feringa; “De novo asymmetric bio– and chemocatalytic synthesis of saccharides – stereoselective formal O–glycoside bond formation using palladium catalysis”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2003, 125, 8714–8715.




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