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 annual Dutch Chemistry Conference, Chains, students from our lab (and the BCT lab) at WUR were announced winner of the 2019 Holland Chemistry Student competition, for their work on a nanoplastics filter. On the NWO website you can read more about the project, and you can watch a video from the team.
Congrats to Team NanopLESStic: Dorien, Laura and Ezra. (And thanks to KWR, Royal HaskoningDHV, and Wetsus for their support).
Our group is looking for a postdoc to work on a 1-year project aimed at the development of sound-adsorbing polymer foam-based metamaterials. This project, which was started in 2018 as part of the Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition and which was ultimately the winning project, is now aiming at a more systematic study how foam-like polymer materials containing beads can be prepared, characterised and applied as sound-adsorbing materials. Based on the principle of local resonances and viscous dampening, such ‘metafoams’ are capable of dampening both high and low frequency sound. As a result, metafoams can help to tackle the issue of noise pollution, which has increased in severity over the years as a result of population growth, advances in technology and urbanisation.
More details on the vacancy and on how to apply can be found on our university’s website.
Last month Simon van Hurne started as a PhD student in our lab. He will work together with fellow PhD student Sybren and Maarten on the Vidi project, entitled 4D Control over Smart Dynamic Polymers. In his PhD project Simon will develop new molecules and corresponding materials that will create smart, responsive polymers.
The results of our collaboration with Artur Stefankiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań) have been published online in Advanced Science.
In this work, we looked at the self-assembly of a naphthalene diimide monomer, designed to be soluble in a range of solvents. Depending on solvent and temperature, one of three different assembly states could be accessed.
More details can be read on the website of Advanced Science.