• Given names: Jurriaan
  • Academic titles: prof. dr. ir.
  • Birth date and place: 1968
  • Present function: Full professor Supramolecular Chemistry and Molecular Nanofabrication, University of Twente, NL


Jurriaan Huskens (1968) studied chemical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and obtained his PhD (1994) at the Delft University of Technology with Herman van Bekkum. After postdoctoral stays with Dean Sherry (UT Dallas) and Manfred Reetz (MPI Kohlenforschung), he became assistant professor (1998) with David Reinhoudt at the University of Twente, where he became full professor “Molecular Nanofabrication” in 2005. He received the Unilever Research Award 1990, a Marie Curie fellowship (1997), the Gold Medal 2007 of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, and a Fellowship of the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK (2019). Present research interests encompass: supramolecular chemistry at interfaces, supramolecular materials, multivalency, influenza, nanofabrication, and green chemistry.

Professional Experience

  • 2005-Present: Full professor ‘Molecular Nanofabrication’, University of Twente, NL
  • 1998-2005: Assistant professor. Supervisor: David Reinhoudt. University of Twente, NL
  • 1997-1998: Postdoctoral Fellow. Supervisor: Manfred Reetz. MPI Kohlenforschung,
  • 1995-1997: Postdoctoral Fellow. Supervisor: Dean Sherry. Dallas University of
    Technology, USA


  • 1990-1994: Ph.D. at Delft University of Technology, NL. Supervisor: Herman van Bekkum
  • 1986-1990: MSc. Chemical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL


  1. Unilever Research Award(1990)
  2. Marie Curie Fellowship (1997)
  3. Gold medal of the Royal Netherlands chemical Society (2007)
  4. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2015)
  5. Visiting Professorship, University of Padova, Italy (2018)
  6. Fellowship of the institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK (2019)

Research Grants

  1. NWO Open Mind 50k grant ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes: Designing a straitjacket for influenza’. (2021)
  2. NWO Vidi grant (2008)
  3. NWO Vici grant ‘Vernieuwingsimpuls’ (2002)


Academic Activities

Various teaching activities in several courses:

  • Molecular Nanofabrication
  • Molecular and Biomolecular Chemistry and Technology
  • Master thesis SEC Chemistry
  • Fabrication of Nanostructures
  • Internship & Job Orientation Project
  • Bachelor Assignment
  • MSc final project SRA
  • Organic & Bio-organic Chemistry


Organizational Responsibilities

Vice-chairman of the Chemical Engineering department (present)
Chairman of the exam committee Chemical Engineering (present)
Chairman of the teaching committee Nanotechnology (present)


  • Chemistry

    • Ligand
    • Surface
    • Ion
    • Actinoid Atom
    • Procedure
    • Aqueous Solution
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology

    • Surface Property
  • Material Science

    • Monolayers


Present research interests encompass: supramolecular chemistry at interfaces, supramolecular materials, multivalency, nanofabrication, and solar fuels. He is (co)author of about 400 refereed research papers and five patents. 


Understanding the Interaction of Uranyl Cation with Two C-Pivot Tripodal Amides: Synthesis, Complexation, Microcalorimetry, and DFT StudiesInorganic chemistry, 63(14), 6315–6323. Ansari, S. A., Mohapatra, P. K., Sk, M. A., Egberink, R. J. M., Huskens, J. & Verboom, W.https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.4c00083Montmorillonite K10-induced decomposition of methyl N-phenylcarbamate to phenylisocyanate and its prospect for recovering isocyanates from polyurethanesMolecular Catalysis, 556, Article 113930. Hosgor, E., Lee, C. K., Capra, N., Verboom, W., Lange, J. P. & Huskens, J.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcat.2024.113930Strongly inhibited spontaneous emission of PbS quantum dots inside 3D silicon photonic crystals. Schulz, A. S., Kozon, M., Huskens, J., Vancso, G. J. & Vos, W. L.Selective Perchlorate Sensing Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy with Self-Assembled Monolayers of semiaza-BambusurilsChemistry - A European Journal, 30(3), Article e202302968. Khurana, R., Alami, F., Nijhuis, C. A., Keinan, E., Huskens, J. & Reany, O.https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202302968Sequestration of Np(IV) and Pu(IV) with Hexa-n-octyl nitrilotriacetamide (HONTA) in an Ionic Liquid: Unusual Species vis-Ă -vis a Molecular DiluentIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 63(1), 480-488. Gujar, R. B., Mahanty, B., Ansari, S. A., Egberink, R. J. M., Huskens, J., Verboom, W. & Mohapatra, P. K.https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.3c03132A highly efficient sensor for europium(III) estimation using a poly(propylene imine) diaminobutane diglycolamide dendrimer as the ionophore: Potentiometric and photoluminescence studiesMicrochemical Journal, 196, Article 109530. Mahanty, B., Srivastava, A., Verma, P. K., Leoncini, A., Huskens, J., Verboom, W. & Mohapatra, P. K.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2023.109530Polylysine-Coated Surfaces Drive Competition in Chemical Reaction Networks to Enable Molecular Information ProcessingChemSystemsChem, 6(1), Article e202300030. Koyuncu, A. H., Movilli, J., Sahin, S., Kriukov, D. V., Huskens, J. & Wong, A. S. Y.https://doi.org/10.1002/syst.202300030Polylysine‐Coated Surfaces Drive Competition in Chemical Reaction Networks to Enable Molecular Information ProcessingChemSystemsChem, 6(1), Article e202300052. Koyuncu, A. h., Movilli, J., Sahin, S., Kriukov, D. v., Huskens, J. & Wong, A. S. Y.https://doi.org/10.1002/syst.202300052

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