Koen Hendriks

My research focus lies on the combination of organic chemistry and technology that can provide solutions to today’s energy challenges.

I obtained my PhD degree in the M2N group at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2014. During this time, I developed high performance semi-conducting polymers for application in organic solar cells. In a subsequent post-doc, I initiated the research on Perovskite solar cells in the M2N group and developed new deposition methods for the fabrication of efficient metal-organohalide perovskite solar cells.

In 2016 I decided to switch gears and move into the field of redox flow batteries. As a post-doc in the group of Melanie Sanford at the University of Michigan, I worked on redox active molecules as storage materials for renewable energy. Besides the synthetic chemistry, I constructed a prototype redox flow battery that allows for rapid performance assessment of new redox active materials. This resulted in the development of oligomeric redox molecules that allow for a high capacity retention of the flow battery.

Following my time in Michigan, I have been awarded a VENI research grant to continue my work on redox flow batteries at the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER) in close collaboration with the M2N group.