Davey Hoekstra is a doctoral candidate in the Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices group under supervision of prof. dr. Albert Schenning and dr. Michael Debije. Davey works on materials based on liquid crystalline (LC) molecules which can be used to make liquid crystalline polymer networks. By making new LC monomers we can develop new materials that can find an application in for instance energy savings, soft robotics and sensing.
Davey started his academic career in 2011 at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In 2014 he completed his Bachelor's degree with a project on antifreeze proteins in the group of Prof. dr. Ilja Voets. He then started the Master's programme Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at TU/e with a year of specialisation in the Molecular Systems and Materials Chemistry track. His graduation project titled "Mechanoluminescent ROMP polymers" was carried out in the Supramolecular Chemistry group under supervision of dr. Jessica Clough and prof. dr. Rint Sijbesma. After a 5 months industrial internship at DSM Coating Resins, Davey completed his Master of Science degree. He currently works as a doctoral candidate in the Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices group.
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