30 June 2017 :

Nathalie is awarded with the Gold Medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (KNCV). The Gold Medal is awarded yearly to a top talent in chemistry and is the premier prize for researchers in the chemical sciences in the Netherlands.

KNCV Gouden Medaille 2017 voor Nathalie Katsonis

29 June 2017 :

Nathalie and Alexander are awarded with a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation. We are looking forward to starting the project with our collaborators in Kiel.

Functional Morphology and Biomechanics

28 June 2017 :

Nathalie receives an ECHO grant from the Dutch Science Foundation. We are looking for a PhD student!


10 May 2017 :

He Huang's work is now online in Tetrahedron, as part of a special issue in honor of Ben Feringa's Tetrahedron Prize

Competitive inclusion of molecular photo-switches in host cavities

April 2017 :

Nathalie is promoted to full professor


20 March 2017 :

Nathalie comments the work by Giuseppone et al. for Chemistry World

Nanomachines with reverse gear control gel movement

7 December 2016 :

Nathalie receives the 2016 Athena Award from the Dutch Science Foundation, in recognition of excellent research achievements and of her commitment in outreach activities.


5 oktober 2016 :

Ben Feringa has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Fraser Stoddart for their work on ‘the design and synthesis of molecular machines’. We are very happy and proud!

Robot surgeons and artificial life: the promise of tiny machines

19-20 September 2016 :

We are co-organizing a workshop with the group of Dick Broer and Albert Schenning (SFD, Tu/e).

The program is online!

27 May 2016 :

"You can’t think about application to materials if you don’t know how to control chirality"

Switching Mindsets in Chemistry World

January 2016 :

Nathalie elected to the Global Young Academy

January 2016 :

Congratulations to Rindia's and Wilfried's paper in ChemPhysChem special issue on molecular motors !


September 2015 :

Rindia wins the poster prize at the “Supramolecular Chemistry on Proteins” Symposium


April 2014 :

Our paper has been highlighted with an article and video in C&E News!

Light triggers multiple motions in a single nanostructured material

March 2014 :

Our paper on 'Conversion of light into macroscopic helical motion' has been published in Nature Chemistry

Paper in Nature Chemistry

February 2014 :

Nathalie Katsonis new member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

January 2014 :

Nathalie interviewed by Science blog SciencePalooza

Spiraalvormen die ons energieverbruik verminderen

Bio-inspired and Molecular Materials

Our aim is to develop smart materials that are inspired by the multiscale, sophisticated and stimuli-responsive architectures that are found in nature. To this end, we rely on controlling the expression, transmission and amplification of chirality, from the nanoscale (the molecule) to the supramolecular level. This research implies a special focus on light-responsive systems also.

Contact details

Prof. Dr. Nathalie Katsonis
MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology
University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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