Undergraduate Institution: Eindhoven University of Technology
Graduate Institution: Eindhoven University of Technology
Phone: +31 40 247 5414
Office: CE 1.44
In my master project I worked on the synthesis and characterization of dual-responsive core-shell particles. The core of these particles was obtained by dispersion polymerization. Further on, to obtain a temperature responsive behavior, ARGET-ATRP (Activators Regenerated by Electron Transfer - Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization) was used in the attempt to graft a PNIPAM shell from the surface of the functionalized polystyrene particles. After finishing my master project I started my internship at BYK (ALTANA) in Wesel, Germany. During this period of time I studied the effects of heterogeneous catalysts on the hydrosilylation reaction in the production of polymer additives. This research showed promising results in considering a heterogeneous catalyst for the production of certain additives instead of the homogeneous catalyst used nowadays. In December 2017, I started as a PhD-student under the supervision of Dr. Ilja Voets at the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS), Eindhoven University of Technology.
The main topic of my research is the synthesis of new types of supramolecular colloids. These can be core-shell particles, microgels or multivalent patchy microparticles which are functionalized to have a light-switchable controlled assembly. By making use of patchy particles more complex architectures can be created upon assembly of the colloids.