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Dr Hennie Valkenier


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 (ORGANITRA).

Research interests

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

See the thematic Ion transport across lipid bilayers

Key publications

Transmembrane Transport of Bicarbonate Unravelled
Martínez-Crespo L., Hewitt S.H., Alessandro de Simone N., Šindelář V., Davis A.P., Butler S and Valkenier H., ChemEurJ 27, 26, 7367-7375 (2021). Cover Picture

Transmembrane transport of copper(I) by imidazole-functionalised calix[4]arenes
Renier N., Reinaud O., Jabin I. & Valkenier H., Chemical Communication 56, 8206-8209 (2020). Download pre-print.

Fluorinated Bambusurils as Highly Effective and Selective Transmembrane Cl−/HCO3− Antiporters
Valkenier H., Akrawi O., Jurček P., Sleziaková K., Lízal T., Bartik K. and Šindelář V., Chem 5(2), 429-444 (2019 - Download pdf).

Efficient, non-toxic anion transport by synthetic carriers in cells and epithelia
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).

Cross-conjugation and Quantum Interference: a General Correlation?
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).


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Updated on May 24, 2022