Ph.D. in Physical &
Colloid Chemistry
Promotor: Prof. Willem Kegel
Patchy and Isotropic Colloids with Engineered Surface Functionality
2011 - 2015
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2006 - 2011
2016 - Now
B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering
Supervision: Prof. Hans Heuts
& Prof. Rob Duchateau
Graduation: Catalytic Chain Transfer
 Derived Macro-epoxides and their
ring opening polymerization
Postdoc Chemical Engineering + Materials Research Laboratory.
Supervision: Prof. Matt Helgeson
& Prof. Craig Hawker
    I studied Chemical Engineering & Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where I obtained my Bachelor (2009) and Master degree of Science (2011). My Bachelor program was finalized with a research project conducted in the group of Prof. Bert Klumperman at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Together with dr. Joris Salari, I investigated to use of anionic dispersion polymerization for the synthesis of 'living' colloidal particles as building blocks for colloidosomes. After the brief visit to South Africa, I continued with my master's at the TU/e, focusing on polymer and organic chemistry.  Part of this master program  was a 1 year research project on the ring opening polymerization behavior of catalytic chain transfer (CCT) derived maromonomers under supervision of Prof. Hans Heuts and Prof. Rob Duchateau in the Polymer Chemistry group.​ I obtained my M.Sc. degree after completing an industrial internship at Icopal (Groningen, NL)  where I investigated the use of microcapsules as environmentally friedly fire-retardants in bitumen roofing applications
     In 2011 I moved to the Van `t Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry at Utrecht University (UU) to start my Ph.D. supervised by Prof. Willem Kegel. My Ph.D. research was focused on the synthesis of colloidal model systems for self-assembly studies and led to the development of a variety of colloidal particles with novel geometry and/or surface functionalities (see Research).  
     After defending my thesis, Isotropic and Patchy Colloids with Engineered Surface Functionalities, I did a short postdoc at the Van `t Hoff Laboratory in collaboration with Dr. Ivan Rehor and Dr. Burak Eral on using microfluidic stop flow lithography for the preparation of thermo-responsive, arbitrarily shaped (colloidal) objects.  
     In 2016 I went to the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB), where I am currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in collaboration with the groups of Prof. Craig Hawker (Polymer Chemistry, Materials Research Laboratory) and Prof. Matt Helgeson (Complex Fluids, Chemical Engineering) on the synthesis and self-assembly behavior of well-defined star polymers. Additionally, in close collaboration with the Mitsubishi Chemical - Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM) located at UCSB, I work on developing polymers with well-defined topologies and functionalities as next generation multi-functional rheological modifiers for (automotive) lubricant applications.
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