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May 24/25th, 2022 – FMS course in Supramolecular Chemistry

After a successful two days in Groningen earlier this month (with talk also by Michael), FMS students traveled to the University of Twente to learn more about cutting edge research in supramolecular chemistry. A successful event with plenty of learning experiences!

Jarne at UT

April 12/13th, 2022 – ARC CBBC Lab Opening

Our labs (and others on the 9th floor of the Linneausborg) have been officially opened as part of the ARC CBBC Symposium 2022. A range of interesting panel sessions, intriguing show-cases, lightning talks, and live-streams from the labs have made the symposium a productive community event and exciting get-together.


March 1st, 2022 – Welcome Ruichen

Ruichen Zhang is joining our team for 4 months to work on multi-stimuli-responsive meta-material structures. We are looking forward to an exciting and productive months!


Jan. 24-26th, 2022 – Physics@Veldhoven

This years edition of Physics@Veldhoven took place fully online. The Lerch group was present through a poster presented by Michael on Wednesday Jan. 26th. On Tuesday Jan. 25th, ARC CBBC hosted a focus session on ´Functional responsive materials´ featuring fascinating talks by Prof. Bert Meijer, Prof. Nathalie Katsonis, and Prof. Peter Fratzl.


Jan. 1st, 2022 – First Ph.D. student – Jarne de Jong

Jarne has started his Ph.D. in the Lerch group. Welcome! Equipped with plenty of experience in spectroscopy and synthetic chemistry, Jarne will be working on synthetic reaction cascades embedded in soft materials! We are looking forward to your work!


Dec. 16th, 2021 – Change Inc. cover

Check out the coverage of ARC CBBC researchers in Change Inc., featuring among others also our work.


Dec. 9th, 2021 – JACS paper on spiropyran dynamics in hydrogels accepted

Our recent work (from my postdoc) on unusual isomerization dynamics in spiropyran-based hydrogels has been accepted at the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Amos, Tom, and Ankita! Check it out here!


Dec. 3rd, 2021 – Lerch lab at the University of Groningen M.Sc. Infomarket

At today’s infomarket for Master Students, the Lerch lab is present with a poster. Come by and say ‚hi‘ and learn more about the interesting science happening at the Lerch Lab and become part of the team!


Nov. 19th, 2021 – NWO Talent Day

On Friday, Nov. 19th, Michael went to Utrecht for the NWO Talent Day, an inspiring afternoon packed with talks and workshops.


Oct. 18th, 2021 – Coverage About Our Work

Sebastian Beil (L) and Michael Lerch (R), Photo by ARC CBBC, 2021

Check out this new portrait about my work recently published by the University, which also features the work of my new colleague Sebastian Beil.


Oct. 3rd, 2021 – Weekend of Science in Groningen

Past weekend, the ARC CBBC hub Groningen was well-represented at the Weekend van de Wetenschap! Despite continuous rain, we had many young future scientists joining our truck and learn about sustainable paint, the power of light, and how we make the coatings of the future. It was tremendous fun and we are looking forward to next year´s edition! Many thanks also to Zpannend Zernike.