Group leader

Sander photo Dr. Sander J. Wezenberg
Sander studied chemistry at the University of Nijmegen where he carried out his Master's research in the group of Prof. Roeland Nolte. He then moved to Tarragona for his PhD studies in the field of supramolecular chemistry with Prof. Arjan Kleij at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ). During this period he spent three months as a visiting researcher in the group of Prof. Joseph Hupp at Northwestern University. After receiving his PhD in 2011, he joined the group of Prof. François Diederich at ETH Zurich as a postdoctoral fellow. He came to the University of Groningen in 2013 to work with Prof. Ben Feringa and was later appointed Assistant Professor. In 2019, He moved to Leiden University to establish his independent research group. His main research interests are in the areas of anion binding, molecular switches, and self-assembled materials.

PhD students

David photo David Villarón Salgado
David was born in Zurich in 1994. He obtained his BSc degree in Chemistry at the University of Salamanca in 2017 where he worked on the synthesis of molecular enantioselective receptors for amino acids. He then moved to Tarragona to carry out his MSc research at the ICIQ under the supervision of Prof. Pablo Ballester. The focus of his MSc project was the synthesis of calix[4]pyrrole scaffolds and the study of their binding properties towards anions and neutral molecules. David joined the group in September 2018 and is working in the field of molecular photoswitches and anion receptors.

MSc students

Jasper photo Jasper Bos
Jasper was born in Groningen in 1995. In 2013 he started studying chemistry at the University of Groningen where he obtained his BSc in 2017, working on the creation of a dissipative RNA system in the group of Prof. Sijbren Otto. For his MSc research he returned to the Otto group to work on the development of peptide-based replicators, and to study their catalytic activity. In May 2019 he joined the group in Leiden where he is working on responsive anion channels.