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Sophie and Roel win the Holland Chemistry Student Competition 2018

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…

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Angewandte review online

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.

Welcome to Sybren

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,…

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Welcome to Lucas

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…

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Congrats to Dr. Esther

Last Friday, November 9, Esther van Andel successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled Romantic Surfaces – Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes for Biomedical Applications. We congratulate her on this superb achievement and wish her all the best in her new position at Leiden University Medical Centre!

Latest paper Esther in Langmuir out

Esther’s recently accepted paper in Langmuir has appeared online. In this contribution, she compared a range of commonly used monomers for antifouling brushes for their antifouling performance, using flow cytometry as the read-out system. The paper can be found here.

Welcome to Maaike

Last week Maaike van Slagmaat joined the group for the BSc thesis project with Esther. The coming months she will be synthesising and characterising new macromolecular building blocks for antifouling coatings.