June 4, 2019 - NanopLESStic Team in Final

Honour students Molecular Life Sciences Ezra Bekkering, Dorien Westert and Laura Akkerman made it to the final of sixth edition of the Holland Chemistry Student Competition. They will spend most of the summer break in the labs of Biobased Chemistry and Organic Chemistry to work on a filter that adsorbs nanoplastic from aqueous streams. Links to the news item at the NWO site: Dutch and English.

March 5, 2019 - Cover Highlight ES&T

Our recent article "Functionalized Anion-Exchange Membranes Facilitate Electrodialysis of Citrate and Phosphate from Model Dairy Wastewater" by Paltrinieri et al. has been highlighted as front cover of the early March issue of Environmental Science & Technology. See also the Wetsus news letter of April.

March 1, 2019 - Welcome Rafael

Welcome to Rafael Linzmeyer Zornitta (Federal University of São Carlos, Brasil) who joins our group as a postdoc to work on CDI.

February 22, 2019 - PhD Defence Laura Paltrinieri

Today Laura defended her thesis successfully at Delft University of Technology. Great job Laura and good luck with your postdoc project at Wetsus.

November 1, 2018 - Two New Group Members

Welcome to Ellen Dautzenberg (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) and Jay Gamaethiralalage (Åbo Akademi University, Finland) who started their PhD today.

June 21, 2018 - Editors' Suggestion

Our paper entitled 'Theory of Water Desalination with Intercalation Materials' [doi] has been highlighted by the editors of Phys. Rev. Applied. [link]

April 19, 2018 - Pt Nanoparticles in Porous Organic Frameworks

Today Nanoscale published our on affinity layers for methanol vapours that consist of porous organic frameworks and in-situ prepared platinum nanoparticles.

Our work, a result of a collaboration with researchers from TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, Wetsus, Utrecht University, KAUST, and Wageningen University is featured on the inside front cover on the Royal Society of Chemistry's Nanoscale journal.

Feb 6, 2018 - NWO Start-up Grant Awarded

Our group received an NWO Start-up subsidy to start working on covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for gas sensing purposes. Two PhD positions will become available soon. See also: NWO (UK or in Dutch), Resource (Dutch only; English version will follow soon).

Jan 9, 2018 - PhD Defense of Anping Cao

Today Anping succesfully defended her PhD thesis on chemical sensors made from silicon nanowires on gas sensing using different surface modification strategies. Congrats! Full focus now on your postdoc project with Prof Dick Broer at TU Eindhoven, good luck! [link to thesis]

October 23, 2017 - Welcome

Kaustub Singh (Delft University of Technology) joined our ERC team as a PhD student.

Aug 2, 2017 - Covering Sensors with MOFs

Two front covers highlighting the MOF-based sensors work of Sumit in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces [doi] and Small [doi].




July 4, 2017 Phosphate Adsorption at Alkaline Conditions

The work of Laura and Min exploring a guanidinium-functionalized polyelectrolyte for phosphate binding using coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles will appear in J. Mater. Chem. A [doi] next month.


July 3, 2017 - Welcome

Sevil Şahin joined our group as a PhD student.


April 27, 2017 - Paper Celebrations

April has been a productive month: two of Sumit's thesis chapters on MOF-based sensors have been accepted for publication in Small and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces this month. And also congrats to Lukasz: his work on ion transfer voltammetry of several drug molecules involved in neurotransmission blockage will appear in the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry soon.


March 27, 2017 - PhD Defense of Sumit Sachdeva

It is Dr Sachdeva now! Sumit succesfully defended his PhD thesis on gas sensing with MOF-based capacitive sensors. Congrats! [link to thesis]


March 10, 2017 - WYA Membership

Louis de Smet and five other researchers from Wageningen University were elected to the Wageningen Young Academy. [link]


March 9, 2017 - Phosphate: too little and too much

Resource, the magazine of Wageningen University, addresses the dilemma of phosphate and gives an overview of several approaches on the recovery of phosphate currently explored in The Netherlands (NL version, UK version).


January 11, 2017 - Cover Nano Letters

Our recent paper on nanowire-based sensors for the detection of TNT has reached the cover of the first 2017 issue of Nano Letters.





December 8, 2016 - Poster Prize Laura @ IMSTEC 2016

Laura Paltrinieri won the Best Poster Presentation Prize for her contribution on 'Phosphate transport through anion exchange membranes: effect of salt concentration and type of co-ion' at the 9th International Membrane Science and Technology Conference in Adelaide, Australia. Congrats Laura!


November 24, 2016 - E-motion Started!

This month the ERC Consolidator program on the Electro-motion for the recovery of nutrients started. Nathalja Berghuis started as a PhD student. See also the WUR magazine, Resource (English or Dutch) and Waterforum.


November 9, 2016 - MOPs for TNT Sensing

Our latest paper appeared online today in Nano Letters. [doi] The work describes nanowire-based sensors which can detect trace amounts of TNT, an explosive compound, by using a lantern-type cage structure. These so-called metal−organic polyhedra (MOPs) act as a host for TNT. The work was performed in close collaboration with the University of Twente, Philips Research, the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne. Congrats to first authors Anping and Wei!

See also TU_Delft, Delta, University_of_Twente, and the following news items in Dutch: C2W_Magazine, C2W_online, Kennislink, TU_Delft, University_of_Twente and UTNieuws.


November 1, 2016 - Diamond Surfaces Analyzed by XPS

A recently published application note from Thermo Scientific on using X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy to confirm the reversible hydrogenation of diamond films is based our work published in J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 138, 234707. [doi]


September 14, 2016 - MOF/Polymer Films for Gas Sensing

Sumit's manuscript on polymer-MOF composite films as an affinity layer for capacitive sensor devices has been accepted for publication as a Letter in ACS Sensors. [doi]


August 1, 2016 - Start @ Wageningen University

After 9 years in Delft, I moved to Wageningen University to join the Laboratory_of_Organic Chemistry. While continuing my sensor activities, I will start a new group on organic materials research in the field of ion selectiviy and ion recovery. Thanks to Ernst and other ChemE staff for the great time at TU Delft!


May 31, 2016 - Inside Cover

Our collaborative work with the Gascon group has been published in CrystEngCommun. The work is on the electrochemical synthesis of a copper-based metal–organic framework directly onto supported copper surfaces and is highlighted as an Inside Front Cover [doi]. Congrats to Sumit and Alexey!


May 19, 2016 - Lab Relocation

We moved to a brand new building of the Faculty of Applied Sciences down south the campus of TU Delft.

January 15, 2016 - Immersing Capacitive Sensors in Water

Today a guest contribution of Louis to Sensors Magazine - Insights appeared online. The article highlights the PhD work of Judith Staginus on the capacitive detection of organic compounds in water.


December 2015 - ERC Consolidator Grant

An ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 M€ was awarded to Louis de Smet for research into the design, preparation and characterization of ultrathin coatings for the recovery of specific ions from waste water. More info and news items via these links: ERC, Horizon2020, TUDelft, Delta (news), Wetsus, and in Dutch: 3TU, Delta (highlight), NWO, Waterforum and

News Archive

News Flash

Job Openings