It’s a great job because it combines chemistry and technology, and experimental research and practical applications

dr.ir. Mark van den Brink

My industrial internship in the USA was a real top experience for me: I had a fantastic time, and discovered the specialized field I like best - polymer chemistry. I gained my PhD in that subject in 2000, and now I’m still working in this field.

I’m manager for Process & Analytical Support at BASF in Heerenveen. It’s a great job because it combines chemistry and technology, and experimental research and practical applications. I’m still as happy as a child if I can think up a smart solution to something. Although I don’t do that alone; it’s the teamwork that makes it such fun. Making good and useful products together, that’s something I really like doing. And talking about teamwork: I met most of my friends at TU/e. That’s another important side of studying, as far as I’m concerned.”