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.
Last week Shauni Keller started in the group as a postdoc on a NWO GoChem KIEM project, entitled “Metaschuim – een nieuw en effectief geluidsisolerend materiaal“. This project, which was started 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-absorbing 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.
Good luck, Shauni!
During the M2i conference held this week, Lucas Teunissen was awarded the poster prize in the category: Best Public Relations value, for his poster entitled “Responsive surface properties by non-sticking copolymer brushes on modified steels“. Congrats, Lucas!
This week we not only congratulate Sybren on his birthday, but also on acceptance of his paper in Polymer Chemistry. In this work, Sybren has shed light on the effect of polarity on the dynamic material properties of polyimine-based covalent adaptable networks. The paper will be part of the Polymer Chemistry Pioneering Investigators Issue 2021, to which Maarten was invited. The accepted manuscript is available here.
During this year’s online CHAINS conference Annemieke was awarded the prize for the best poster pitch. This new category was added to this year’s online edition of the conference. Her poster was called Self-Healing Antifouling Coatings. Congrats, Annemieke!