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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.

New PhD Position: development of an ingestible sensor

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 work features on the cover of Polymer Chemistry

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 features in the Pioneering Investigators 2021 issue of Polymer Chemistry

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.

Welcome to Shauni

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!

Double congrats to Sybren

This week we not only congratulate Sybren on his birthday, but also on acceptance of his paper in Polymer Chemistry. In this work, Sybren has shed light on the effect of polarity on the dynamic material properties of polyimine-based covalent adaptable networks. The paper will be part of the Polymer Chemistry Pioneering Investigators Issue 2021, to which Maarten was invited. The accepted manuscript is available here.