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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!

Art meets Science

As part of the 100-year anniversary of WUR, Maarten has taken part in the “Creative Innovation: Arts meets Science” initiative. During a kick-off meeting he presented how elements of his work on recyclable plastics can be a source of inspiration for artists: a major, common topic is the interaction and collaboration between species or compounds, and the ability for humans to learn from or alter those.

Interested to find out more about this initiative? Check out our university’s website.

Welcome to Grzegorz

Today Grzegorz Markiewicz joined the group for a 3-month visit. Grzegorz is a PhD student in the group of Artur Stefankiewicz, at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland). He will work on a collaborative project focussed on the thermodynamic characterisation of new non-covalent supramolecular polymers based on amino-acid functionalised diimides.

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