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Collaborative paper with Dankers lab out in Macromolecules

The results of a collaborative project with the group of Patricia Dankers has been published in Macromolecules. In the project the functionalization of a supramolecular biomaterial with zwitterionic poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) via atom transfer radical polymerization from a macroinitiator additive was achieved. In addition, the polymerization from the macroinitiator additive was successfully translated to functional electrospun…

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Paper Esther and Andriy out in Langmuir

Esther and Andriy’s joint paper on the design, synthesis and characterisation of so-called bottlebrush coatings, based on a powerful combination of poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide) [poly(HPMA)] – known for its antifouling properties – and poly(L-lysine) (PLL) – selected for its ability to strongly adhere to surfaces – has been accepted for publication in Langmuir. Three routes to prepare…

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Postdoc vacancy

Our group is looking for a postdoc to work on a 1-year project aimed at the development of sound-adsorbing polymer foam-based metamaterials. This project, which was started in 2018 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…

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Welcome to Simon

Last month Simon van Hurne started as a PhD student in our lab. He will work together with fellow PhD student Sybren and Maarten on the Vidi project, entitled 4D Control over Smart Dynamic Polymers. In his PhD project Simon will develop new molecules and corresponding materials that will create smart, responsive polymers.

Paper in Advanced Science online

The results of our collaboration with Artur Stefankiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań) have been published online in Advanced Science. In this work, we looked at the self-assembly of a naphthalene diimide monomer, designed to be soluble in a range of solvents. Depending on solvent and temperature, one of three different assembly states could be accessed.…

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PhD vacancy

Our lab has a vacancy for a PhD position in the area Dynamic Polymer Materials. The position is part of a NWO-funded Vidi project, entitled “4D control over smart dynamic polymers” that was recently awarded to Maarten Smulders. For more details on the vacancy and to apply, please go to our university’s website.

Maarten promoted to associate professor

Five and half years after starting as an assistant professor in October 2013, as of March 2019 Maarten was promoted to (tenured) associate professor. He will continue to work on the development of smart, dynamic polymer materials with molecularly controlled properties and functions.

Esther’s paper on zwitterionic dendrimers out

Esther’s paper on the design, synthesis and characterisation of fully zwitterionic functionalised dendrimers has been published in ACS Omega. In this paper Esther reports a new route towards fully zwitterionic PPI dendrimers that are also equipped with a number of click handles for further functionalisation. During the synthesis and characterisation of the dendrimers, she also…

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