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

Postdoc vacancy on Covalent Adaptable Networks

Are you a polymer chemist with an interest to apply your expertise for the development of covalent adaptable polymer networks to create mechanically robust, yet processable polymer materials? Do you have a background in synthesis and characterisation of polymers, including rheology and/or dynamic-mechanical analysis? And would you like to work together in a multidisciplinary team of researchers? Then we’re looking for you!

Our group is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project that is aimed at the development of covalent adaptable networks, with a focus on how these polymer networks can be made processable (at elevated temperatures) without suffering creep at room temperature. You will work as postdoctoral researcher on a NWO Vidi project entitled “4D control over smart dynamic polymers”, supervised by Dr. Maarten Smulders, and in close collaboration with two PhD students that have already started. Funding for this position is available for a total of two years, with an evaluation after one year.

Please use the university website link to find out more about the vacancy and how to apply.

Maarten joins PCR group (headed by Filip Du Prez) for a sabbatical stay

Last month Maarten joined the Polymer Chemistry Research group at the University of Ghent (Belgium), headed by Filip Du Prez, for a 3-month sabbatical stay. During this stay Maarten will have the opportunity to extend his experience and expertise in covalent adaptable networks and sequence-defined macromolecules, which are two research areas in which the PCR group is at the forefront of science.

Welcome to Zhen Yang

We welcome Zhen Yang as new PhD student in the group. Zhen, who obtained his MSc degree in Analytical Chemistry from Uppsala University (Sweden), will work on the development of an ingestible sensor. His project is a a collaboration of imec, the Synthetic Organic Chemistry group at Radboud University in Nijmegen and our Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at Wageningen University & Research.

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.

Esther’s work features on the cover of European Polymer Journal

Esther Roeven’s latest publication on hybrid copolymers derived from zwitterionic dendrimers and linear PLL polymers was accepted in for publication in European Polymer Journal. Moreover, her work features on the cover of the journal that features here work.