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.
As part of a collaboration of imec, the Synthetic Organic Chemistry group at Radboud University in Nijmegen and our Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at Wageningen University & Research, we have a PhD position vacant on the development of an ingestible sensor. Ingestible sensors have the potential to non-invasively measure biomarkers and metabolites in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Using such electronic smart pills equipped with sensors will give novel insights into gut processes, help with early diagnosis and screening for diseases, and aid personalised nutrition. The project is highly interdisciplinary involving organic chemistry, surface chemistry and biocatalysis and therefore strongly relies on teamwork and collaboration as the laboratory work will take place in the labs of all three project partners.
Interested to read more about the vacancy? You can find the full vacancy here.
Sybren’s recently accepted paper in Polymer Chemistry has made the cover of the journal. The cover artfully illustrates how a change in polarity in polyimine networks can affect the mechanical properties of the materials: i.e. from soft, ‘water-like’ materials in the case of polar chains, to hard, ‘rock-like’ materials in the case of apolar chains. The Polymer Chemistry issue that features his work, can be found here.
Maarten was invited to contribute to the 2021 Pioneering Investigators issue of the journal Polymer Chemistry. As explained on their website, this collection “gathers the very best work from mid-career researchers who have firmly established themselves in the field of polymer chemistry and continuously publish creative, innovative work”. The full issue can be read here.
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!