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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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Sophie and Roel win the Holland Chemistry Student Competition 2018

During the NWO Chains 2018 conference student team Beads vs Beats won the Holland Chemistry Student Competition 2018 (previously known as the Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition), for a proposal entitled: “Metafoams: a new and effective material for sound isolation”. The team consists of students Sophie van Lange (WUR) and Roel Borgers (TUE). Congrats to Sophie and…

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Angewandte review online

This week, Maarten’s review with Imogen Riddell (University of Manchester) on Self‐Assembly of Functional Discrete Three‐Dimensional Architectures in Water appeared online in Angewandte Chemie. Please read the article if you want to know more about the developments in the construction of aqueous assemblies from both synthetic and bio-derived components.

Welcome to Sybren

This Week Sybren Schoustra started as a PhD student in our lab. He will work together with Maarten on his Vidi project, entitled 4D Control over Smart Dynamic Polymers. In his PhD project Sybren will synthesise imine-based dynamic-covalent building blocks, subsequently integrate them into polymer networks, and study how these polymers can lead to mechanically strong,…

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Welcome to Lucas

This Week Lucas Teunissen started as a PhD student in our lab. He will work on a NWO-funded CHIPP project (coordinated by m2i), entitled “Nanostructured self-assembled functional materials” (NanoFun), which is part of large network of 4 universities and 6 companies that are involved in this project. In his project he will use controlled polymerisation methods to prepare…

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Congrats to Dr. Esther

Last Friday, November 9, Esther van Andel successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled Romantic Surfaces – Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes for Biomedical Applications. We congratulate her on this superb achievement and wish her all the best in her new position at Leiden University Medical Centre!