prof.dr.ir. J. Huskens (Jurriaan)

Full Professor

About Me

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

Present      Vice-chairman of the Chemical Engineering department
Present Chairman of the exam committee Chemical Engineering
Present Chairman of the teaching committee Nanotechnology


Engineering & Materials Science
Self Assembled Monolayers
Actinoid Atom


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. 


Banerjee, P., Ansari, S. A., Mohapatra, P. K. , Egberink, R. , Huskens, J., Valsala, T. P., Sathe, D. B., Bhatt, R. B. , & Verboom, W. (2023). Sequestration of Actinides by an Extraction Chromatography Resin Containing a Triaza-9-crown-3 Functionalized Diglycolamide. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 62(35), 13966-13973. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.3c01908
Moazzenzade, T. (2023). Current-blockade particle-impact electrochemistry: A single-entity approach for digital (bio)sensing. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036557702
Verlinden, B., Wilden, A., Van Hecke, K. , J. M. Egberink, R. , Huskens, J. , Verboom, W., Hupert, M., Weßling, P., Geist, A., Panak, P. J., Hermans, R., Verwerft, M., Modolo, G., Binnemans, K., & Cardinaels, T. (2023). Solvent Optimization Studies for a New EURO-GANEX Process with 2,2’-Oxybis(N,N-di-n-decylpropanamide) (mTDDGA) and Its Radiolysis Products. Solvent extraction and ion exchange, 41(1), 59-87. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07366299.2022.2125151
Karak, A., Mahanty, B., Mohapatra, P. K. , Egberink, R. J. M., Valsala, T. P., Sathe, D. B., Bhatt, R. B. , Huskens, J. , & Verboom, W. (2023). Highly selective carrier mediated transport of plutonium(IV) across a supported liquid membrane using two substituted tripodal amides. Separation Science and Technology (Philadelphia), 58(2), 382-393. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/01496395.2022.2119411

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré (building no. 15), room C4221
Hallenweg 21
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré  C4221
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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