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NanopLESStic Team in Holland Chemistry Student Competition 2019 final

A team of three honour students Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University made it to the final of the sixth edition of the Holland Chemistry Student Competition, which is organized by NWO together with Holland Chemistry. Ezra Bekkering, Dorien Westert and Laura Akkerman obtained a grant for their idea to prepare a filter that adsorbs nanoplastic from aqueous streams. The internship work will be performed in the labs of Biobased Chemistry & Technology (Dr Elinor Scott) and Organic Chemistry (Dr Smulders and Dr de Smet). KWR, Royal HaskoningDHV and Wetsus have indicated to support this project and are interested in the results. ORC wishes the NanopLESStic team a lot of success with their project and looks forward to the presentation of the results at CHAINS 2019.

More info can be found on the website of NWO (Dutch / English).

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 developed the use of XPS for detailed characterisation of the newly synthesised dendrimers. The full paper can be read here.

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 Roel!

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, yet still adaptive materials with smart, dynamic properties.

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 copolymer brushes onto polymer-coated steel with the aim to obtain  functional/responsive coatings.

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!