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Prof. Dr. Job Boekhoven



Academic Career and Research Areas

The research group of Job Boekhoven (b. 1984) aims at developing conceptually new supramolecular materials through non-equilibrium self-assembly. The platforms developed in the lab will be used for a wide range of applications, including healthcare and robotics. Research in the group is heavily bio-inspired and uses organic, physical and supramolecular chemistry as its toolboxes.
Boekhoven holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Groningen, where he majored in organic chemistry, and a PhD degree (2012) in chemistry from Delft University of Technology, both in the Netherlands. Before his appointment at TUM, he was a Rubicon postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago. In January 2016 Boekhoven was appointed Rudolf Mößbauer Professor at TUM, heading a research group in supramolecular materials.


  • JSP Fellowship by the Swiss Chemical Society (2018)
  • Thieme Organic Chemistry Journals Award (2017)
  • Rising Star Award, Northwestern University Simpson Querrey Institute (2015)
  • NWO Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012)
  • COST Scientific Mission Award (2008)

Key Publications (all publications)

Tena-Solsona M, Rieß B, Wanzke C, Bausch AR, Boekhoven
 J: "Self-selection of dissipative assemblies from primitive chemical reaction networks
". Nature Commun. 2018; 9: 2044.


Grötsch RK, Angı A, Mideksa YG, Wanzke C, Tena-Solsona M, Feige MJ, Rieger B, Boekhoven J: "Dissipative Self-Assembly of Photoluminescent Silicon Nanocrystals". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018; 57(44): 14608.


Tena-Solsona M, Rieß B, Grötsch RK, Löhrer FC, Wanzke C, Käsdorf B, Bausch AR, Mueller-Buschbaum P, Lieleg O, Boekhoven J: "Non-equilibrium dissipative supramolecular materials with a tunable lifetime".  Nature Commun. 2017; 8: 15895.


Boekhoven J, Hendriksen W, Koper G, Eelkema R, van Esch, J: "Transient assembly of active materials fueled by a chemical reaction". Science. 2015; 349(6252): 1075-1079.


Boekhoven J, Poolman J, Maity C, Li F, van der Mee L, Minkenberg C, van Esch J, Eelkema, R: “Catalytic control over supramolecular gel formation”. Nature Chemistry. 2013; 5: 433-437.