Marle Vleugels

The accessibility of versatile and stable nanostructures of controllable size and morphology by self-assembly of block copolymers in solution is essential for biomedical applications. However, an intrinsic property of polymers is their dispersity while in nature polymers are discrete and sequence controlled. These highly controlled natural polymers, such as DNA and peptides, have a veryContinue reading “Marle Vleugels”

Jan van Hest

Adaptive polymer assemblies for biomedical applications Polymer-based assemblies have much application potential in the biomedical field. We have a special interest in constructing particles with adaptive features, which can change their properties when exposed to external stimuli.  I will first present adaptive particles that can be used in photodynamic therapy (PDT). We have developed particlesContinue reading “Jan van Hest”

Bert Meijer

The synergy between nanotechnology and healthcare For centuries, chemists have optimized the synthesis of the most useful molecular entities – from drugs to polymers – and in a following step these molecules are processed into systems and materials to obtain the function they are designed for. Today, nanotechnology, supramolecular chemistry, chemical biology, etc offer greatContinue reading “Bert Meijer”

Patricia Y.W. Dankers

Synthetic extracellular matrices based on supramolecular materials The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a complex assembly of various molecules held together via both covalent and noncovalent interactions. In order to make materials with comparable properties it is proposed that supramolecular materials based on hydrogen bonding units are eminently suitable. An important challenge in the synthesis andContinue reading “Patricia Y.W. Dankers”