Academic staff

Dr. Tibor Kudernac


Dr. Tibor Kudernac
Assistant Professor
Carré 4.207
+31 53 489 2981
t.kudernac@utwente.nl

Research program

Keywords: 
The Kudernac research team focuses on designing and synthesizing functional and dynamic molecular materials, with a special emphasis on nano- and macro-scale mechanical and optoelectronic properties. The general design strategy is based on using light as a trigger, and on molecular self-assembly.

  • light-responsive molecular switches
  • dynamic self-assembly
  • mechanical (supra)molecular systems
  • cytoskeleton mimics
  • self-assembly at interfaces
  • molecular nanopatterning
  • two-dimensional optoelectronic materials
  • monolayer doping

Short biography

Tibor Kudernac completed his PhD degree in 2007 under the guidance of Prof. Ben L. Feringa and Prof. Bart J. van Wees (University of Groningen), with a thesis on “Light-controlled conductance using molecular switches”. Tibor then joined the group of Prof. S. De Feyter (KU Leuven), to investigate molecular self-assembly at liquid/solid interfaces in collaboration with Prof. Klaus Müllen (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research) and Prof. Sigurd Höger (University of Bonn). In 2009 he returned to the University of Groningen to work with Prof. Feringa on the development of self-propelled molecules. In 2010 he joined the group of Prof. Karl-Heinz Ernst at EMPA (ETH-Domain, Switzerland), for a short stay. In April 2011, he joined the Molecular Nanofabrication group of Prof. Juriaan Huskens at the University of Twente and MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. In 2013, he was appointed tenure-tracked Assistant Professor. Tibor was awarded a VENI grant from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO).

Publications

Out-of-equilibrium operation and disassembly of artificial microtubules

J.W. Fredy, A. Méndez-Ardoy, B. Matt, S. Kwangmettatam, M.C.A. Stuart, N. Katsonis, J. Huskens, T. Kudernac

Submitted

Boosting the boron dopant level in monolayer doping by carboranes

L. Ye, A. González-Campo, R. Núñez, M. P. de Jong, T. Kudernac, W. G. van der Wiel, J. Huskens

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 27357-27361.

Composite ultrafiltration membranes with tunable properties based on a self-assembling block copolymer/homopolymer system

E. J. Vriezekolk, T. Kudernac, W. M. de Vos, K. Nijmeijer

J. of Polym. Sci. B, 2015, 53, 1546-1558.

Controlling the dopant dose in silicon by mixed-monolayer doping

L. Ye, S. P. Pujari, H. Zuilhof, T. Kudernac, M. P. de Jong, W. G. van der Wiel, J. Huskens

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 3231-3236.

Bi-component H-bonded porous molecular networks at the liquid-solid interface: what is the influence of pre-organization in solution?

T. Kudernac, A. Kumar Mandal, J. Huskens Langmuir 2015, 31, 157-163.

Dynamics of oligo(phenylene-ethynylene) self-assembled monolayers on Au(111)

H. Wu, K. Sotthewes, A. Méndez-Ardoy, T. Kudernac, J. Huskens, A. Lenferink, C. Otto, P. M. Schön, G. J. Vancso, H. J. W. Zandvliet,

Chem. Phys. Lett. 2014, 614, 45-48.

Conversion of light into macroscopic helical motion

S. Iamsaard, S. J. Aßhoff, B. Matt, T. Kudernac, J.J.L.M. Cornelissen, S.P. Fletcher, N. Katsonis

Nature Chem. 2014, 6, 229–235

Highlighted in Chem. Eng. News 2014, 6, 27 and in Chemistry World. Covered by the Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant (10 February 2014).

Self-assembled monolayers on gold of β-cyclodextrin adsorbates with different anchoring groups.

A. Méndez-Ardoy, T. Steentjes, T. Kudernac, J. Huskens

Langmuir 2014, 30, 3467-3476.

Tuning the temperature dependence for switching in dithienylethene photochromic switches.

T. Kudernac, T. Kobayashi, A. Uyama, K. Uchida, S. Nakamura, B. L. Feringa

J. Phys. Chem. A 2013, 117, 8222-8229.

Effect of immobilization on gold on the temperature dependence of photochromic switching of dithienylethenes.

T. C. Pijper, T. Kudernac, W. R. Browne, B. L. Feringa

J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 17623-17632.

Reversible light induced conductance switching of asymmetric diarylethenes on gold: surface and electronic studies.

Arramel, T. C. Pijper, T. Kudernac, N. Katsonis, M. van der Maas, B. L. Feringa, B. J. van Wees

Nanoscale 2013, 5, 9277-9282.

Synthesis and controlled self-assembly of covalently linked hexaperi- hexabenzocoronene/perylene diimide dyads as models to study fundamental energy and electron transfer processes.

L. F. Dössel, V. Kamm, I. A. Howard, F. Laquai, W. Pisula, X. Feng, C. Li, M. Takase, T. Kudernac, S. De Feyter, K. Müllen

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 5876-5886.

Electronic properties of individual diarylethene molecules studied using scanning tunneling spectroscopy.

Arramel, T. C. Pijper, T. Kudernac, N. Katsonis, M. van der Maas, B. L. Feringa, B. J. van Wees

J. Appl. Phys. 2012, 111, 083716.

Electrically driven directional motion of a four-wheeled molecule on a metal surface.

T. Kudernac, N. Ruangsupapichat, M. Parschau, B. Macia, N. Katsonis, S. R. Harutyunyan, K.-H. Ernst, B. L. Feringa

Nature 2011, 479, 208-211 (and cover page).

Highlighted in News & Views of the Nature issue and in Nature Chem. 2011, 3, 907; Nature Nanotech. 2011, 6, 756; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 4277-4278; Chem. Eng. News 2011, 89, 7. Selected as a “cutting edge chemistry” paper in 2011 by Chemistry World 2012, 9, 36.

STM visualisation of counterions and the effect of charges on self-assembled monolayers of macrocycles.

T. Kudernac, N. Shabelina, W. Mamdouh, S. Höger, S. De Feyter

Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2011, 2, 674–680.

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Large All-Hydrocarbon Spoked Wheels of High Symmetry: Modular Synthesis, Photophysical Properties, and Surface Assembly.

D. Mossinger, D. Chaudhuri, T. Kudernac, S.Lei, S. De Feyter, J. M. Lupton, S. Hoger

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 1410-1423.

Intermolecular repulsion through interfacial attraction: polymorphism in self-assembled monolayers.

T. Kudernac, N. Saendig, T. Fernández Landaluce, N. Katsonis, B. J. van Wees, P. Rudolf, F. Zerbetto, B. L. Feringa

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 15655-15659.

Controlled Self-assembly of C3-symmetric Discotic Nanographenes with Alternating Hydrophilic/Hydrophobic Substituents.

X. Feng, W. Pisula, T. Kudernac, D. Wu, L. Zhi, H. Nok Tsao, S. De Feyter, K. Müllen

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 4439-4448.

Two-dimensional supramolecular self-assembly: nanoporous networks on surfaces.

T. Kudernac, S. -B. Lei, J. A. A. W. Elemans, S. De Feyter

Chem. Soc. Rev. 2009, 38, 402-421.

A trimer of accelerated nanomotors forming a self-assembled monolayer on a surface.

Cnossen, D. Pijper, T. Kudernac, M. M. Pollard, B. L. Feringa

Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 2768-2772.

Nano-electronic switches: Light-induced switching of conductance in molecular systems. (Highlight)

T. Kudernac, N. Katsonis, W. R. Browne, B. L. Feringa

J. Mater. Chem. 2009, 19, 7168-7177.

Controlled Conductance Switching of Ordered Metal-Molecule-Metal Devices.

S. J. van der Molen, J. Liao, T. Kudernac, L. Bernard, M. Calame, B. J. van Wees, B. L. Feringa, C. Schönenberger

Nano Letters 2009, 9, 76-80.

On/Off Photoswitching of the Electropolymerizability of Terthiophenes.

J. Areephong, T. Kudernac, J. J. D. de Jong, G. T. Carroll, D. Pantorotta, J. Hjelm, W. R. Browne, B. L. Feringa

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 12850-12851.

Reversible Conductance Switching in Molecular Devices.

J. Kronemeijer, H. B. Akkerman, T. Kudernac, B. J. van Wees, B. L. Feringa, P. W. M. Blom, B. de Boer

Adv. Mater. 2008, 20, 1467-1473 (and cover page).

Electro- and photochemical switching of dithienylethene self-assembled monolayers on gold electrodes.

W. R. Browne, T. Kudernac, N. Katsonis, J. Areephong, J. Hjelm, B. L. Feringa

J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 122, 1183-1190.

Locking of Helicity and Shape Complementarity in Diarylethene Dimers on Graphite.

N. Katsonis, A. Minoia, T. Kudernac, T. Mutai, H. Xu, H. Uji-i, R. Lazzaroni, S. De Feyter, B. L. Feringa

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 386-387.

Emerging solvent-induced homochirality by the confinement of achiral molecules against a solid surface.

N. Katsonis, H. Xu, R. M. Haak, T. Kudernac, Ž. Tomović, S. George, M. Van der Auweraer, A. P. H. J. Schenning, E. W. Meijer, B. L. Feringa, S. De Feyter

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 4997-5001.

Temperature gating of the ring-opening process in diarylethene molecular switches.

D. Dulic, T. Kudernac*, A Pugzlys, B. L. Feringa, B. J. van Wees Adv. Mater. 2007, 19, 2898-2902. *shared first authorship.

Self-organized monolayer of meso-tetradodecylporphyrin coordinated to Au(111).

N. Katsonis, J. Vicario, T. Kudernac, J. Visser, M. M. Pollard, B. L. Feringa

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 15537-15541.

Reversible conductance switching of photochromic molecules on a gold surface.

N. Katsonis, T. Kudernac, M. Walko, S. J. van der Molen, B. van Wees, B. L. Feringa

Adv. Mater. 2006, 18, 1397-1400.

Stochastic and photochromic switching of diarylethenes studied by scanning tunneling microscopy.

S. J. van der Molen, H. van der Vegte, T. Kudernac, I. Amin, B. L. Feringa, B. J. van Wees

Nanotechnology 2006, 17, 310-314.

Uni- and bi-directional light-induced switching of diarylethenes on gold nanoparticles.

T. Kudernac, S. J. van der Molen, B. J. van Wees, B. L. Feringa Chem. Commun. 2006, 3597-3599.

Selected as a “hot paper” by the editors and highlighted in Chemical Science: “Flicking the switch in the nanoscale,” 10, 2006.

Oxidative electrochemical switching in dithienylcyclopentenes, part 1: Effect of electronic perturbation on the efficiency and direction of molecular switching.

W. R. Browne, J. J. D. de Jong, T. Kudernac, M. Walko, L. N. Lucas, K. Uchida, J. H. van Esch, B. L. Feringa

Chem. Eur. J. 2005, 11, 6414-6429.

Oxidative electrochemical switching in dithienylcyclopentenes, part 2: Effect of substitution and asymmetry on the efficiency and direction of molecular switching and redox stability.

W. R. Browne, J. J. D. de Jong, T. Kudernac, M. Walko, L. N. Lucas, K. Uchida, J. H. van Esch, B. L. Feringa

Chem. Eur. J. 2005, 11, 6430-6441.

Molecular switches get wired: Synthesis of diarylethenes containing one or two sulphurs.

T. Kudernac, J. J. D. de Jong, J. H. van Esch, B. L. Feringa, D. Dulic, S. J. van der Molen, B. J. van Wees

Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 2005, 430, 205-210.

One-way optoelectronic switching of photochromic molecules on gold.

D. Dulic, S. J. van der Molen, T. Kudernac, H. T. Jonkman, J. J. D. de Jong, T. N. Bowden, J. H. van Esch, B. L. Feringa, B. J. van Wees.

Phys. Rev. Lett. 2003, 91, 207402.

Scholarships, Grants and Prizes

  • 2010-2013, NWO-Veni Research Grant (The Netherlands).
  • 2008, Best Poster Award at the conference “New Horizons of Photochromism – From Design of Molecules to Applications”, October 12th – 15th, Arras (France).
  • 2007, FWO-Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship (Belgium).
  • 2002, 3rd prize of Student Scientific Activity Award at the national level (Slovakia).

Invited presentations and seminars

  • Biomimetic photo-driven disassembly of supramolecular microtubules
    Chains 2015, 30 November-2 December, Focus Session: bio-mimetic self-assembly, The Netherlands
  • Mechanical responses and autonomous motion of molecule
    Dutch-Israeli Chemistry Meeting, 26-28 May 2014, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • Conversion of light into macroscopic helical motion.
    Beyond Self-Assembly, 19-22 January 2014, Bad Gastein, Austria.
  • Light in control of dynamic molecules on surfaces.
    Lorentz Center workshop on Dynamical Phenomena at Surfaces: The Role of Complexity, November 26-30, 2012, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Nanoscale molecular reactivity and self-assembly.
    Institut des Nano-Sciences de Paris (INSP), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), November 2012.
  • Propelled motion of single molecules on surfaces.
    Beilstein Symposium 2012: Molecular Engineering and Control, 14th-18th May 2012, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany.
  • From molecular motors to propelled motion of a four-wheeled molecule (plenary lecture).
    Foundations of Nanoscience (FNANO12): Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices, 2012, Snowbird, Utah.
  • From molecular motors to propelled motion of a four-wheeled molecule.
    Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire (IPCM), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), February 2012.
  • Electrically-driven directional motion of a four-wheeled molecule on a metal surface.
    Annual MESA+ meeting 2011, 28th September, Enschede, The Netherlands.
  • Intermolecular repulsion through interfacial attraction: toward engineering of self-assembled monolayers.
    ScienTec SPM meeting 2011, Supelec, France.
  • Light-controlled conductance using molecular switches.
    CEMES-CNRS, Toulouse, September 2008.

Conference presentations

  • Electrically-Driven Molecular Machines on Surfaces: Converting Energy into Movement.
    Supramolecular chemistry conference 2012, 20th-23ed February, Lanzarote, Spain.
  • Electrically-driven directional motion of a four-wheeled molecule on a metal surface.
    Chains 2012, 28th-30th November 2011, Maarssen, The Netherlands.
  • Intermolecular Repulsion through Interfacial Attraction: Toward Engineering of Self-Assembled Monolayers.
    European Conference on Surface Science 2010, ECOSS 27, 30th August – 3rd September, Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • Conductance Switching of Single Photochromic Molecules on Gold.
    International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology, ICN&T 2006, 30th July-4th August, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Molecular Switch: Single Molecule Component for Nanoelectronics.
    MSCplus bi-annual meeting on Vlieland 2005, 29th-31st May, Vlieland, The Netherlands.
  • Molecular Switch: Single Molecule Component for Nanoelectronics.
    NWO-CW Symposium, “Ontwerp en Synthese, Structuur en Reactiviteit, Biomoleculaire Chemie”, 2003, 14th October, Lunteren, The Netherlands.
  • Molecular Switch: Single Molecule Component for Nanoelectronics.
    55th joint meeting of chemical societies 2003, 8th-12th September, Kosice, Slovakia.

Other academic activities

  • Referee for professorship grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation.
  • Outreach interview with the BBC “Single-molecule electric car taken for test drive”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15637867
  • Reviewer for the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Institute of Physics.
  • External examiner in the PhD committee of M. van der Meijden: “Conglomerates surface new resolution strategies”, University of Groningen (12.10.12)
  • Co-organizer of the 2014 Dutch-Israeli chemistry meeting “Nanochemistry, Supramolecular chemistry and beyond” (26-28 May 2014, http://www.utwente.nl/tnw/dicm-2014/)
  • Co-founder of the Soft Matter Colloquia (monthly event) and co-organizer of the Soft Matter day (annual meeting) at the University of Twente.
  • Member of the NWO-CW study group “design and synthesis”
  • Session chair at 1) Lorentz Centre workshop on dynamic phenomena at interfaces, Leiden, the Netherlands (2012); 2) Dutch-Israeli Chemistry Meeting, Enschede, the Netherlands (2014); 3) Chains, the Netherlands (2015).