Focuses on the development of new polymer structures, exploration of novel polymer functionalization methods and the design of polymer materials for specific applications. The three main PCR research themes are:
From polymer functionalization to absolute control
Focuses on the development of adaptive and responsive materials inspired by natural self-assembly processes. This research goal is pursued by combining directional supramolecular interactions with well-defined polymeric building blocks and responsive polymer structures.
Public defense of the PhD dissertation of Bart Verbraeken, entitled: The reactivity of cyclic imino-ethers towards cationic ring-opening (co)polymerization Click here for the invitation.
Congrats to Richard and Cyrille Boyer for their Polymer International award.
Public defense of the PhD dissertation of Zhanyao Hou, entitled: The Development of Rotaxanes, Dynamic Miktoarm Star Polymers and Photo-responsive Hydrogel Networks via Non-Covalent Interactions Click here for the invitation.
Public defense of the PhD dissertation of Jonas Van Damme, entitled: Anthracene-based crosslinked polymer systems with
tunable thermo- and photoreversible properties Click here for the invitation.
Lecture: Molecular scale probing of mechanical damage in polymeric materials, Prof. Rint Sijbesma, TUEindhoven, The Netherlands
Lecture: God Made the Bulk, the Surface was Invented by the Devil: Chemical and Topological Evolution of Polymer Interfaces, Dr. Edmondo Benetti, ETH Zurich, Switserland
Maxime Vagenende reaches out on BPG2018 on hydrogel decorated single use plastics optical fibres : where innovation for society through polymer chemistry and phototonic technology meet medicine and cancer research.
Yusuf Yagci received the Belgian Polymer Group biannual award, handed over by Eric Goethals.
Public defense of the PhD dissertation of Maarten Vergaelen, entitled: Poly(2-oxazoline)s as matrix excipient for oral drug formulations Click here for the invitation.
Lecture: 3D cultivation techniques (of mesenchymal stem cells), Dr. Kirsten Peters, Department of Cell Biology, Rostock University Medical Center, Germany
Lecture: Orthogonal polymer manipulation with light and metals, Dr. Hatice Mutlu, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Lecture: High Performance Fluorinated Polymers and Membranes Thereof for Proton Exchange Membrane Application, Prof. Susanta Banerjee, IIT Kharagpur, India
Lecture: Pickering emulsions and their use as templates for microcapsules, Prof. Dr. Bert Klumperman, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Lecture: Fluorene based Polymers and Copolymers : Design, Synthesis and Applications, Dr. Sudip Malik, Polymer Science Unit, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
Lecture: Functional polymers from amino acids and sugars, Prof. Dr. Helmut Schlaad, University of Potsdam, Germany
Mini-symposium: Dr. Matthew Gibson, University of Warwick, UK and Prof. Brent Sumerlin, University of Florida, USA
Lecture: Functional Polymers and Microgels based on Poly(N-vinyllactams), Prof. Dr. Andrij Pich, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Lecture: Preparation of synthetic biodegradable hydrogels with excellent physical and biological properties by the combinatorial synthesis of photo-crosslinked networks, Prof. Dirk Grijpma, Department of Biomaterials Science and Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands
Lecture: Photoactivation with copper(II) and disproportionation of copper(I) to achieve excellent living polymerisation of acrylamides and acrylates: chemistry serving materials, Prof. Dave Haddleton, University of Warwick, UK
The PCR group is co-organizer of the 3rd MacroBeGe meeting on dynamic and responsive polymer systems (February 15-16/2016)
Angewandte Chemie published the research on rewritable materials using reversible TAD-chemistry
Lecture: Recent developments in silicone elastomers: chemistry serving materials, Dr. François Ganachaud, CNRS Director, INSA Lyon, France
Lecture: Biodegradable injectable polymers exhibiting temperature-responsive sol-gel transition as medical materials, Prof. Yuichi Ohya, Kansai University, Japan
Lecture: Tailor-made Functional Polymers via Controlled Radical Polymerization and "Click Reactions", Prof. Nikhil Singha, IIT Kharagpur, India
Prof. Richard Hoogenboom receives the inaugural 2015 Polymer Chemistry Lectureship from the RSC
The paper of Victor R. De la Rosa 'Colorimetric Logic Gates Based on Poly(2-alkyl-2-oxazoline)-Coated Gold Nanoparticles' is published in Advanced Functional Materials and highlighted on the cover
Lecture: Biodegradable injectable polymers exhibiting temperature-responsive sol-gel transition as medical materials, Prof. Dr. Yuichi Ohya, Department of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Kansai University, Japan
Lecture: Nanomaterials, Nanotechnology and Cellularised-Scaffolds for Innovative Biomaterials and Health Applications, Prof. Dr. Diego Mantovani, Laboratory for Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Dept Min-Met-Materials Engineering & Regenerative Medicine, CHU Québec Research Center, Laval University, Québec City, Canada