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Recent news

Start guest professorship Maarten at University of Ghent

This month Maarten joined the Department of Organic at Macromolecular Chemistry at Ghent University as a guest professor. For the next three years, he will spend part of this time in Ghent, to continue the collaborative work he started lasted year during his sabbatical stay in the Polymer Chemistry Research Group of Prof. Filip Du Prez.

Lucas’ recent paper in Adv. Mater. Interfaces accepted

Lucas’ most recent paper has been published in Advanced Materials Interfaces. This work, which Lucas performed partially together with undergraduate student Jelle, presents a facile and effective two-step (grafting-to) strategy to introduce a thermoresponsive polymer as a responsive coating on a surface. To this end, Lucas reacted block copolymers of poly(glycidyl methacrylate) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) onto a prefunctionalised poly(dopamine) primer layer. Not only did Lucas study in detail the thermoresponsive properties and degree of hydration of the (block) copolymers as a function of temperature, but he also studied their antifouling performance.

Click here, to read the full paper.

Maarten will give Diligentia lecture

On November 7, Maarten will give a Diligentia lecture for the Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Natuurkunde (Royal Society of Physics) at theater Diligentia in The Hague. This lecture, which is aimed at the general audience (with an interest in physical sciences in a broad sense) will address the development of covalent adaptable networks (‘vitrimers’) as novel type of polymers that can combine mechanical robustness with processability.

For more information, please check out the Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Natuurkunde Diligentia website.

Annemieke will present her work at NWO Chains 2022

Our group is well represented at the upcoming NWO Chains conference, with several contributions to the poster sessions. On top of that, Annemieke will present her work on self-healing (non)-fluorinated antifouling polymer brushes during a lecture on Wednesday September 21. Please find your way to the Functional Polymer Materials session from 14:10-15:10h in Room 65 to hear Annemieke’s results on how to prepare polymer (brush coatings), that are simultaneously anti-(polymer) fouling, self-healing and environmentally benign (i.e., low fluorine content).