Affiliation: Leiden University, NL
Keywords: Organic chemistry, Supramolecular chemistry, Coordination chemistry, Molecular nanotechnology, Molecular switches, Photochromism, Self-assembly, Anion binding
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. Two years later he moved to the University of Groningen to work with Prof. Ben Feringa and he was appointed Assistant Professor in 2017. He moved to Leiden University in 2019 to establish his independent research group.
Sander is recipient of an ERC starting grant (2018) and of Veni (2014) and Vidi (2018) grants of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). His main research interests are in the areas of anion binding, molecular switches, and self-assembled materials.