1.7 million euro for advancing (bio)polymer analysis

Professor Govert Somsen (Biomolecular Analysis) has received a grant of in total 1688 kEuro for the project UNMATCHED. The proposal was granted by NWO ENW in the Chemical Industrial Partnership Programme (CHIPP) from the Innovation Fund for Chemistry. Somsen teams up with Professors Peter Schoenmakers and Ron Peters (UvA), and researchers from the companies DSM, AkzoNobel and BASF to develop new analytical techniques for advanced polymers.

01/30/2018 | 12:17 PM

UNMATCHED: UNderstanding MATerials by CHaracterizing Essential Distributions
Many modern (bio)materials are composed of polymers. Today, increasingly smarter chemical strategies are developed to make more and more complex polymer molecules, which comprise multiple structural distributions. Current analytical methods are not able to resolve this molecular diversity. As a consequence, polymer structures cannot be correlated adequately to functional properties. The UNMATCHED project aims to develop innovative highly-selective analytical methods for enhanced separation and detection of complex (bio)polymers. This will aid in better understanding of polymer properties and function, and ultimately in the production of more sophisticated polymer materials.

The total budget for UNMATCHED is 1.7 MEuro, of which 750 kEuro is funded by the industrial partners. A team of four PhD students and two postdocs will work in both VU and UvA laboratories. They will also be seconded for substantial periods to the company labs, with a focus on implementing newly developed UNMATCHED systems in industry.