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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.

Recent news

NanopLESStic Team in Holland Chemistry Student Competition 2019 final

A team of three honour students Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University made it to the final of the sixth edition of the Holland Chemistry Student Competition, which is organized by NWO together with Holland Chemistry. Ezra Bekkering, Dorien Westert and Laura Akkerman obtained a grant for their idea to prepare a filter that adsorbs nanoplastic from aqueous streams. The internship work will be performed in the labs of Biobased Chemistry & Technology (Dr Elinor Scott) and Organic Chemistry (Dr Smulders and Dr de Smet). KWR, Royal HaskoningDHV and Wetsus have indicated to support this project and are interested in the results. ORC wishes the NanopLESStic team a lot of success with their project and looks forward to the presentation of the results at CHAINS 2019.

More info can be found on the website of NWO (Dutch / English).

PhD vacancy

Our lab has a vacancy for a PhD position in the area Dynamic Polymer Materials. The position is part of a NWO-funded Vidi project, entitled “4D control over smart dynamic polymers” that was recently awarded to Maarten Smulders.

For more details on the vacancy and to apply, please go to our university’s website.

Maarten promoted to associate professor

Five and half years after starting as an assistant professor in October 2013, as of March 2019 Maarten was promoted to (tenured) associate professor. He will continue to work on the development of smart, dynamic polymer materials with molecularly controlled properties and functions.

Esther’s paper on zwitterionic dendrimers out

Esther’s paper on the design, synthesis and characterisation of fully zwitterionic functionalised dendrimers has been published in ACS Omega. In this paper Esther reports a new route towards fully zwitterionic PPI dendrimers that are also equipped with a number of click handles for further functionalisation. During the synthesis and characterisation of the dendrimers, she also developed the use of XPS for detailed characterisation of the newly synthesised dendrimers. The full paper can be read here.