Bas van Ravensteijn

MSCA Postdoctoral fellow

Nationality: Dutch
Undergraduate Institution: Eindhoven University of Technology
Graduate Institution: Utrecht Univeristy
Phone: +31 40 247 5560
Office: CE 1.44



My scientific career started at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where I studied Chemical Engineering (2006 – 2011) with a Master in Organic and Polymer Chemistry. After performing my MSc graduation research on the synthesis of epoxidized macromonomers and their polymerization behavior, I moved to the Van `t Hoff Laboratory for Physical & Colloid Chemistry at Utrecht University to perform my promotion research under supervision of Prof. Willem Kegel (2011 – 2015). My dissertation titled ‘Isotropic and Patchy Colloids with Engineered Surface Functionality’ focused on the synthesis and self-assembly of complex colloidal particles. From 2016 – 2018, I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB). Together with Prof. Craig Hawker, Prof. Matt Helgeson and Prof. Jacob Israelachvili, I developed new synthetic tools for the efficient preparation of well-defined branched polymer architectures and investigated their application as multi-functional lubricant additives. In 2019 I leveraged my fundamental research expertise in the Materials Solutions Department of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), where I focused on materials for thermo-chemical heat storage. As of January 2020, I will work as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Ilja Voets on developing new classes of reconfigurable patchy particles.

Research interest:
From molecular processes in cells, to the freezing of ice, and the formation of iridescent colors on the wings of butterflies, all these phenomena rely on the orchestrated interplay between individual building blocks (molecules, particles etc.) that collectively come together to build a targeted superstructure. I am interested in understanding the unifying physical mechanisms, driving forces, and dynamics of these assembly processes. To achieve this, my research focuses on the development of (colloidal) model systems for self-assembly purposes. Employing chemical design to obtain building blocks with desired physical characteristics is pivotal. For this, I methodically combine synthetic polymer, colloid, and physical chemistry.

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