The group Functional Organic Materials and Devices (SFD) of TU/e explores the boundaries of functional polymer materials. We develop polymers with new functionalities and integrate them into devices to meet industrial and societal challenges in the fields of sustainable energy, water-management, healthcare & personal comfort. Our group follows the complete chains of knowledge; from organic synthesis to prototypes (molecule --> device).  The integration of these new polymers in devices is what distinguishes our group from many other research groups. So called top-down and bottom-up methods are employed for the preparation of hierarchically structured materials. The group operates at the nexus between the basic sciences, applied sciences, and engineering, inspiring a variety of multidisciplinary projects and interactions. SFD collaborates with multinationals, small- and medium size enterprises, and facilitates start-ups.




Major activities in PPS Smart Materials

Leader of WP5 (Development of new smart materials).


Key persons


prof. dr. A.P.H.J. (Albert) Schenning

Dr. A.P.H.J. Schenning is professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests center on functional organic materials. Schenning received his PhD degree at the University of Nijmegen in 1996 on supramolecular architectures based on porphyrin and receptor molecules with dr. M.C. Feiters and prof. dr. R.J.M. Nolte. Between June and December 1996, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the group of prof. dr. E.W. Meijer at Eindhoven, University of Technology working on dendrimers. In 1997, he joined the group of prof. dr. F. Diederich at the ETH in Zurich, where he investigated -conjugated oligomers and polymers based on triacetylenes. From 1998 until 2002, he was a Royal Netherlands Academy of Science (KNAW) fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology (Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry) active in the field of supramolecular organization of -conjugated polymers. He received the European Young Investigators Award from the European Heads of Research Councils and the European Science Foundation in 2004, the golden medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society in 2005 and a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2007.


dr. M.G. (Michael) Debije

Michael received a Master of Science in High Energy Physics from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa in 1994 with a thesis describing a theoretical treatment of a new breast tumor detector.  He returned to University after a year teaching in Frydek-Mistek in the Czech Republic and received a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, USA in 2000 for his study of hole and electron transport and trapping in oligonucleotides crystals of DNA.  After completing a postdoc at the Interfaculty Reactor Institute at the Delft University of Technology in the group of John Warman in 2003 where he studied charge transport in liquid crystalline discotics and organometallics, he joined the staff of the Functional Organic Materials and Devices (SFD) group as an Assistant Professor under Prof. Albert Schenning at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He received an STW VIDI grant to study luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). He is responsible for the Energy cluster within SFD, focusing on the control of light in the built environment.


 Gilles Timmermans, phd candidate at TU/e


Jeroen Sol, MSc candidate at TU/e