Doctoral Candidate

Rob Verpaalen

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Research Profile

Rob Verpaalen is a doctoral candidate in the Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices (SFD) group under supervision of prof. dr. Albert Schenning and dr. Michael Debije. Rob’s research focuses on the development of functional commodity polymers by applying liquid crystalline polymer network coatings.

Academic Background

Rob Verpaalen started his Bachelor study at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in 2009. After conducting an 8-month graduation project on the topic of the processing and response of photochromic dyes in polycarbonate-based matrices at SABIC Innovative Plastics, he received his Bachelor’s degree (2013). The completion of this graduation research project was awarded with the Vlisco Award 2013 in the field of chemical engineering.
He pursued a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) specializing in Molecular Systems and Materials Chemistry. In February 2016, he successfully defended his Master thesis on the topic of Supramolecular liquid crystalline polymer architectures for nanolithography. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate on the Responsive Commodity Polymers (ReCoPol) project at the TU/e.

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