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 Groningen in 2013 to work with Prof. Ben Feringa at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry where he was later appointed Assistant Professor. 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 (Switzerland) in 1994. He obtained his BSc degree in Chemistry at the University of Salamanca (Spain) in 2017 where he worked on the synthesis of molecular enantioselective receptors for aminoacids. He then moved to Tarragona (Spain) 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.

Jinyu photo Jinyu Sheng
Jinyu was born in Zhejiang (China). He received his BSc degree in Chemistry from Ocean University of China in 2014. He then started his Master studies in organic synthesis methodology at Tsinghua University under the guidance of Prof. Chao Chen. After his graduation in 2017, he continued working as a research assistant for one year. In October 2018, he joined the group to work on light-switchable catalysis and anion binding.

MSc students

Jorn photo Jorn de Jong
Jorn de Jong was born in Assen (The Netherlands). He obtained his BSc degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen in 2017. During his BSc research project he worked on molecular motor-based receptors in the group of Prof. Ben Feringa. Afterwards, he stayed in the same group for an extracurricular research period in the field of asymmetric catalysis. In August 2018, Jorn started his Master’s research in the field of stilbene-based switchable anion receptors.

Daan photo Daan Wesselink
Daan was born in Lettele (The Netherlands). In 2014, he started studying chemistry at the University of Groningen and he obtained his BSc degree in 2017. He carried out his BSc research project in the group of Prof. Sijbren Otto where he worked on the formation of thiazolidines and disulfides in an antiparallel dynamic combinatorial system. In September 2018, he started his Master’s research project on anion-induced folding processes and photoresponsive receptors.