Materials Solutions

Detecting volatile organic compounds in the environment, developing materials for more efficient geo energy, using sunlight to convert CO2 into fuels, storing heat in molecules for the energy transition, regulating the energy flux through building envelopes, improving thermoplastic composites to reduce weight and improving material properties to accelerate industrial 3D printing: in all these challenges you find the expertise of TNO’s research group Materials Solutions.

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Materials Solutions

The research group Materials Solutions has a strong track record in the development of innovative nanomaterials, nanostructured coatings and polymer nanocomposites. The department develops innovative materials with advanced functional properties that are tailored for a specific application, by controlling their chemical composition and nano and micro structure.

Valorization of know-how, technically efficient and cost effective production of such materials, is a highly relevant aspect of the work.


The research group combines the competences Colloid Chemistry, Wet-Chemical Coatings and Polymer Materials, together with Material Modelling and Heterogeneous Catalysis, to develop such advanced material properties.

Three main expertise areas of research group Materials Solutions


Materials Solutions program lines and competences


The research group currently focusses on the development of innovative materials to:

1. Improve the safety and/or efficiency of Geo Energy (market/application areas: Energy, Environment)
2. Enable Chemical Sensing (market/application areas: Energy, Health, Environment, Defense & Security)
3. Use sunlight to synthesize chemicals and fuels(market/application areas: Sustainable Chemical Industry)
4. Store heat in form of chemical bonds(market/application areas: Buildings & Infrastructure, Energy)
5. Regulate the energy flux through building envelopes(market/application area: Sustainable Chemical Industry, Buildings & Infrastructure)
6. Accelerate industrial additive manufacturing 3D printing(market/application area: Flexible Free Form products, Industry)
7. Improve performance and recyclability of thermoplastic composites(market area/application: Sustainable Chemical Industry, Automotive)

The development of materials for Geo Energy (1) and Chemical Sensing (2) are mainly carried out in the framework of the TNO units Energy Transition and Circular Environment & Economy, while the early research program Energy Conversion & Storage covers amongst others the Photons-to-Chemicals (3) and Thermochemical Storage (4) activities. The development of materials for Sustainable Buildings (5), Additive Manufacturing (6) and Lightweight Automotive (7) is carried out in form of shared research programs within the Brightlands Materials Center.


Brightlands Materials Center is a Joint Innovation Center of TNO and the Province of Limburg in the field of polymeric materials, performing programmatic research that is driven by the industrial and societal challenges of tomorrow. You can find more details about Brightlands Materials Center and its program lines on their website.

The Materials Solutions research group works together with a variety of industrial partners, as well as actors from the knowledge infrastructure, including other research organizations and universities. The work is typically contained in multi-year and multi-client research and technological development projects, including those within the context of the European Framework Programs.


The research group has well equipped laboratory facilities at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven and at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, suited for material synthesis (colloids & polymers), characterization of synthesis products, product development and product validation.


  • Material synthesis (colloids, polymers)
  • Lab scale synthesis, pilot scale synthesis
  • Organic and inorganic synthesis
  • Nano particle synthesis
  • Purification/processing
  • Characterization of synthesis products
  • Nanoparticle dispersions
  • Generic characterization techniques (FTIR, UV-vis, GC, e.o.)
  • Polymer characterization (DSC, TGA, DMTA, Rheology, Tensile test, e.o.)

Materials for Geo Energy

Material research for Geo Energy is active in the fields of decommissioning and re-use, scale and deposition, geo-thermal energy and enhanced oil-recovery. Main challenges are the harsh conditions in... Read more

Materials Solutions for Chemical Sensing

The Materials Solutions for Chemical Sensing program line develops active materials systems for use in chemical sensors. Such systems can measure the presence of chemical species within gases or liquids.... Read more

Research Programme Energy Storage & Conversion - Photons-to-Chemicals

TNO collaborates with universities and industry to develop new concepts that convert sunlight into chemical energy. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen are converted to C1 chemicals and fuels in a photocatalytic... Read more

Thermochemical Materials for long-term loss free heat storage

The program line for Thermochemical Materials develops stabile, cheap and safe TCM’s to be used in thermochemical heat storage devices for domestic applications. These devices can store heat over a long... Read more

Sunlight as fuel for sustainable chemical processes - Project LUMEN

15 November 2019
In the Interreg project LUMEN, TNO is collaborating with universities and industry to develop a lab-scale demonstrator to show that hydrogen and carbon dioxide, in combination with sunlight, can be converted... Read more
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Dr. Jan Pieter Maurice, MSc

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