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"It has always fascinated me that a proper design of chemistry, of processing and of optical, electronic or mechanical properties, can lead to unique materials with unprecedented properties and applications."

Research profile

Kees Bastiaansen is part-time associate professor with the research group Functional Organic Materials and Devices at Eindhoven University of Technology (Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry). His research centers around the processing and structure-property relationships of polymers - with an emphasis on aligned, oriented systems, their functional properties and devices. His current research is mainly in polymers for sensors, actuators, smart windows and high performance composites. In his research, Bastiaansen collaborates with a large number of industrial partners through various multi-partner projects, including a number of EU, UK and NL government funded projects.

Bastiaansen has been active in polymers in an industrial and an academic environment for over 25 years. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 peer reviewed papers, he is co-inventor of more than 80 international patent applications and co-founder of more than 7 start-up companies. He is a science and technology advisor at multinationals, small and medium size enterprises and start-ups.

Academic background

Between 1985 and 1995, Kees Bastiaansen worked as a scientist at DSM Research focusing on innovation in polymer science. In 1991, he obtained his PhD degree on the ultimate properties of chain-extended flexible polymers and in 1995 he part-time joined the ETHZ (Zürich, Switzerland) and the Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2009, he was appointed as a part-time professor at the University of London, Queen Mary (UK). Kees Bastiaansen is a teacher of the course Functional and Mechanical Properties of Materials and is involved in a variety of other teaching activities including entrepreneurship courses.  He is also the main organizer of the post-academic course Polymer Properties (RPK-C).

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Research Output

An optical steam sterilization sensor based on a dual-responsive supramolecular cross-linked photonic polymer

Foelen, Y., van der Heijden, D. A. C., del Pozo Puig, M., Lub, J., Bastiaansen, C. W. M. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 8 Apr 2020, In : ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 12, 14, p. 16896-16902 7 p.

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    A study of rheological limitations in rotary jet spinning of polymer nanofibers through modeling and experimentation

    Rogalski, J. J., Botto, L., Bastiaansen, C. W. M. & Peijs, T., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 137, 33, 10 p., 48963.

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  • Direct Laser Writing of Four-Dimensional Structural Color Microactuators Using a Photonic Photoresist

    del Pozo Puig, M., Delaney, C., Bastiaansen, C. W. M., Diamond, D., Schenning, A. P. H. J. & Florea, L., 23 Jun 2020, In : ACS Nano.

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  • Epitaxial growth of light-responsive azobenzene molecular crystal actuators on oriented polyethylene films

    Varghese, S., Fredrich, S., Vantomme, G., Prabhu, S. R., Teyssandier, J., de Feyter, S., Severn, J., Bastiaansen, C. W. M. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 8, 2, p. 694-699 6 p.

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    Fast, light-responsive, metal-like polymer actuators generating high stresses at low strain

    Verpaalen, R. C. P., Varghese, S., Froyen, A., Pilz Da Cunha, M., Pouderoijen, M., Severn, J. R., Bhatti, M., Peijs, A. A. J. M., Bastiaansen, C. W. M., Debije, M. G., Engels, T. A. P. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 3 Jun 2020, In : Matter. 2, 6, p. 1522-1534 13 p.

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    Student theses

    Accordion-like deformation of plastic sheets

    Author: Verjans, J., 28 Feb 2013

    Supervisor: Broer, D. (Supervisor 1), Bastiaansen, C. (Supervisor 2), Schenning, A. (Supervisor 2), Goossens, J. (Supervisor 2) & de Haan, L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Alignment of dichroic dyes at photo-aligned polymer surfaces

    Author: van Rooij, R., 31 Oct 1998

    Supervisor: Broer, D. (Supervisor 1) & Bastiaansen, C. (Coach)

    Student thesis: Master

    A modular approach to bioactive scaffolds using supramolecular polymers

    Author: Hermans, T., 28 Feb 2006

    Supervisor: Dankers, P. (Supervisor 1), Meijer, E. (Supervisor 2), Bastiaansen, C. (Supervisor 2) & Sommerdijk, N. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Anisotropic polymer/metal nanocomposites

    Author: Heffels, W., 30 Apr 1997

    Supervisor: Lemstra, P. (Supervisor 1) & Bastiaansen, C. (Coach)

    Student thesis: Master