10-03-2019: Taraneh her second paper has been published! CONGRATULATIONS!!

Mechanical and biological properties of electrodeposited calcium phosphate coatings”, Mater. Sci. Engin. C, 2019, 100, 475-484. The paper describes the preparation and biological effects of electrochemical deposited hydroxyapatite coatings on titanium.

06-03-2019: BiomACS the company has been established today. This patented technology directly from our group will enable better medical implants to be designed! The founders are Richard Hamstra, Menno de Jong, and Patrick van Rijn. For more information please visit:

01-03-2019: Congratulations to Torben on starting with his PhD. Torben will be looking at implant-induced fibrosis using the high-throughput BiomACS screening approach. GOOD LUCK!

20-02-2019: Our research instutute, The Kolff Institute, will receive a buste of artificial organ pioneer "Willem Kolff". Canadian artist Ryan Kurylo had personal motivation to donate this. Read about it in the newspaper.

31-01-2019: Lu Ge, Damla Keskin, and Lais Ribovski were awarded a research grant from "De Cock-foundation" for their ongoing research for dealing with smart delivery and combating infection. CONGRATULATIONS!

13-01-2019: Olga Publishes in Chemical Scienc,e an Aachen-Groningen collaboration. CONGRATULATIONS!

The paper addressed electrochemical cargo shuttling and can be used to delivery drugs on cue, here bacteria were targeted. "Cargo shuttling by electrochemical switching of core–shell microgels obtained by a facile one-shot polymerization" Chem. Sci., 2019, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C8SC04369H

13-01-2019: Damla and Olga publish in Biomacromolecules!! CONGRATULATIONS!

Their paper is about tunable microgels that are used as anti-fouling coatings. 99.7% reduction was observed whan the coating was applied. "Inhibiting Bacterial Adhesion by Mechanically Modulated Microgel Coatings" Biomacromolecules, Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.8b01378

13-01-2019: Guangyue her paper got accepted and is already online. CONGRATULATIONS!

Guanyue her paper addressed novel supramolecular contrast agents for targeting breast cancer. "Development of an Aptamer-Conjugated Polyrotaxane-Based Biodegradable Magnetic Resonance Contrast Agent for Tumor-Targeted Imaging" ACS Appl. Bio Mater., Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.8b00639

08-01-2019: Valentina her first paper has been published in Chemical Communication. CONGRATULATIONS!

The first paper addresses a novel way to chemically modify virus particles: "Biocatalytically induced surface modification of the tobacco mosaic virus and the bacteriophage M13" Chem. Commun., 2019,55, 51

30-11-2018: Patrick van Rijn becomes chair of the Dutch Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. He succeeds Prof. dr. Patricia Dankers.

The society represents the community within the Netherlands that concerns itself with Biomaterials Science and Tissue Engineering in the broadest sense. Please visit

11-07-2018: Qihui Zhou has successfully defended his thesis entitled: "Exploring combined influences of material topography, stiffness and chemistry on cell behavior at biointerfaces"

CONGRATULATIONS DR. ZHOU! And all the best with your associate professorship at Qingdao University.

31-05-2018: Damla Keskin wins Flash Presentation Prize @ Bordeaux Polymer Conference 2018 for her work "FACILE HYDROGEL COATINGS FOR SILICONE-BASED BIOMATERIALS"


28-06-2017: Paper published on Stem Cell Reports from Qihui and Patrick

The article collaborated with Prof. Wolfgang and Dr. Giulio from RWTH Aachen University is published on the Journal Stem Cell Reports (IF=7.338). This publication is about “Surface Topography Guides Morphology and Spatial Patterning of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Colonies” and quite impressive!! These findings from this work demonstrate that topography can guide orientation and organization of iPSC colonies and this may impact on the interaction between mechanosensors and mechanotransducers in iPSCs.

28-05-2017: Guangyue Zu joins Our Group

Guangyue Zu obtained a CSC-scholarship to join our group for a four year PhD. It is great to welcome Guangyue to the club.

01-01-2017: Lu Ge joins Our Group

Lu Ge obtained a CSC-scholarship to join our group for a four year PhD. It is great to welcome Lu to the club.

01-01-2017: Liangliang Yang joins Our Group

Liangliang Yang obtained a CSC-scholarship to join our group for a four year PhD. It is great to welcome Liangliang to the club.

09-12-2015: Teacher of the Year election

Patrick van Rijn was nominated for teacher of the year within the faculty Natural Sciences. Although he did not win, a nominations after one year of starting teaching at university was not bad.

01-10-2015: Qihui Zhou joins Our Group

Qihui Zhou obtained a CSC-scholarship to join our group for a four year PhD. It is great to welcome Qihui to the club.

11/15-05-2015:E-MRS talks a success

Barbara Santos de Miranda (Invited), Philipp Kuhn and Qihui Zhou gave highly successful presentations at the largest Materials Science conference in Europe, the E-MRS.

11-01-2015: Preliminary new website online

As of today the new and improved website is online. Soon parts of the website will be multilingual.

07-01-2015: Paper accepted for Chemical Reviews

Finally the 125 page review for Chem. Rev. entitled "Ferritin: A versatile building block for Bionanotechnology" has been accepted. It is a great effort between Aachen and Groningen and results in a work on ferritin which encompasses many different aspects of this versatile cage-protein.

01-04-2015: Thomas Meijer and Irene Schiavon join BISMS

Thomas Meijer (molecular biology) and Irene Schiavon (biomedical technology) joined the group as MSc-students performing research on improved alginate cell scaffolds.

13-12-2014: Winter School poster presentation by Irene Losodo

At the Biomedical Technology Winter Symposium, Irene Losodo was given the chance to present her upcoming work on "Artificial Virus Structures for Gene-transfection".

14-11-2014: CHAINS conference pitch by Barbara Santos de Miranda

At the CHAINS conference in Velthoven (Netherlands) the abstract of Barbara Santos de Miranda was chosen for a 3 min. pitch to highlight her poster on the "Biocatalytic approach for Virus-Polymer hybrid nanoparticles". She passionately encouraged her fellow researchers to come an discuss her fascinating research.

28-10-2014: RSC Advances paper online

The review in RSC Advances by Aneta Schaap and Philipp Kuhn is online. A very nice and critical review on stem cell biomaterial interactions and what we have learned so far but also what we still do not know.

13-01-2013: Part. Part. Syst. Charact. paper including cover art online

The first paper as a fruitful collaboration with the Molecular Biotechnology group of Dr. Ulrich Commandeur is published and featured as the inside cover of the issue.

Agenda & Events

7-9 April 2019: Kolff-days, the annual Institutes confernce on Schiermonnikoog.

29&30 November 2018: Annual meeting of the Dutch Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (NBTE)

11 July 2018: Defense Qihui Zhou, academy building @12.45. Qihui will defend his PhD-thesis entitled: "Exploring Combined Influences of Material Topography, Stiffness and Chemistry on Cell Behavior at Biointerfaces".

11-13 September 2018: European Society for Biomaterials conference comes to Maastricht.

26-28 September 2018: Materials Science & Engineering conference. Symposium "Bio-instructive Hydrogels" organized by

- Cornelia Lee-Thedieck - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

- Christine Selhuber-Unkel - Kiel University
- Patrick van Rijn - University of Groningen