FNRS Research Associate



Phone: +32 2 650 6651

Office: S.P2.2.108


Hennie Valkenier (also known as Elisabeth van Dijk) studied Chemistry at the University of Groningen (NL) and obtained her PhD from this university in 2011 with a thesis on Molecular Electronics. After a year of teaching in West-Africa, she joined the group of Tony Davis at the University of Bristol as a post-doc to develop transmembrane transporters for chloride. In 2015, she moved to Brussels where she worked for a year on the functionalisation of gold nanoparticles, before returning to transmembrane transport research as Postdoctoral Researcher (Chargée de Recherches), funded by the FRS-FNRS. In 2018, she has obtained a permanent position as FNRS Research Associate at the Université libre de Bruxelles and has been awarded an ERC starting grant to develop new classes of transporters for ions and nucleotides.



Research interests

Supramolecular Chemistry | Transmembrane Transport of Ions | Anion Recognition | Functionalisation of Gold Surfaces and Gold Nanoparticles | Molecular Electronics



Key publications


Valkenier H., Akrawi O., Jurček P., Sleziaková K., Lízal T., Bartik K. and Šindelář V., Chem 5(2), 429-444 (2019 - Download pdf).

H. Li, H. Valkenier, L. W. Judd, P. R. Brotherhood, S. Hussain, J. A. Cooper, O. Jurček, H. A. Sparkes, D. N. Sheppard, A. P. Davis, Nature Chemistry 8, 24-31 (2016).

H. Valkenier, C. M. Dias, K. L. Porter Goff, O. Jurček, R. Puttreddy, K. Rissanen, A. P. Davis, Chem. Commun. 51, 14235-14238 (2015).

H. Valkenier, L.W. Judd, H. Li, S. Hussain, D.N. Sheppard, A.P. Davis, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 12507-12512 (2014).

H. Valkenier, C. M. Guédon, T. Markussen, K. S. Thygesen, S. J. van der Molen, J. C. Hummelen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16, 653-662 (2014) (perspective).


Complete list of my publications (pdf)

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Teaching activities

Organic Chemistry: Reactions and Mechanism (Bruface Master in Chemical and Materials Engineering)

HV is currently supervising the following students / researchers :

Nathan Renier

Lau Halgreen

Dr Luis Martinez Crespo

Anurag Singh

Alessio Cataldo


Last update: September 2019