Welcome to the website of the group of Maarten Smulders, which is part of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at Wageningen University & Research. Please check out our website to find out more about the research of the group, the researchers, as well as opportunities to join the group.
During the NWO Chains 2018 conference student team Beads vs Beats won the Holland Chemistry Student Competition 2018 (previously known as the Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition), for a proposal entitled: “Metafoams: a new and effective material for sound isolation”. The team consists of students Sophie van Lange (WUR) and Roel Borgers (TUE).
Congrats to Sophie and Roel!
This week, Maarten’s review with Imogen Riddell (University of Manchester) on Self‐Assembly of Functional Discrete Three‐Dimensional Architectures in Water appeared online in Angewandte Chemie. Please read the article if you want to know more about the developments in the construction of aqueous assemblies from both synthetic and bio-derived components.
This Week Sybren Schoustra started as a PhD student in our lab. He will work together with Maarten on his Vidi project, entitled 4D Control over Smart Dynamic Polymers. In his PhD project Sybren will synthesise imine-based dynamic-covalent building blocks, subsequently integrate them into polymer networks, and study how these polymers can lead to mechanically strong, yet still adaptive materials with smart, dynamic properties.
This Week Lucas Teunissen started as a PhD student in our lab. He will work on a NWO-funded CHIPP project (coordinated by m2i), entitled “Nanostructured self-assembled functional materials” (NanoFun), which is part of large network of 4 universities and 6 companies that are involved in this project. In his project he will use controlled polymerisation methods to prepare copolymer brushes onto polymer-coated steel with the aim to obtain functional/responsive coatings.