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Polymeric nanoparticles composed out of biodegradable polymers have promising properties as a (drug delivery) platform in nanomedicine. My research involves the chemical engineering of these polymer particles, or polymersomes, and control their morphology for optimal biological behaviour. Our particles are specifically developed to encapsulate certain drugs or functional motifs and can for example be deployed as mini-reactors for in situ generation of molecules. Some of the key points in these studies involve the use of morphologically distinct particles in vitro and in vivo, studying their drug encapsulation and retention and determining how their structure is influenced by ex- and internal parameters. With this information at hand, we hope we become one small step further towards the development of a new generation of drug delivery carriers.


Utilizing morphology of polymeric nanoparticles towards a better implementation in biomedical applications

Academic background

Imke Pijpers received her M.Sc. degree in molecular materials from Radboud University in 2016. During her master internship, she worked on the development and physically and chemically crosslinked hydrogels for applications in tissue engineering in the group of Professor Jan van Hest and Dr. Dennis Löwik. She did additional internships at TNO (silica nanoparticles), Nano4Imaging (coatings) and TU Eindhoven (supramolecular chemistry). She is currently working as a PhD candidate in the Bio-Organic Chemistry group under supervision of Dr. Loai Abdelmohsen and Professor Jan van Hest.

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Research Output 2016 2020

  • 75 Citations
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Review article
6 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Ethylene Glycol
Self assembly
Polyethylene glycols
Organic solvents
3 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

ATP-mediated transient behavior of stomatocyte nanosystems

Che, H., Zhu, J., Song, S., Mason, A. F., Cao, S., Pijpers, I. A. B., Abdelmohsen, L. K. E. A. & van Hest, J. C. M., 9 Sep 2019, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 58, 37, p. 13113-13118 6 p.

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Open Access
Adenosine Triphosphate
Molecular interactions
5 Citations (Scopus)
22 Downloads (Pure)

Biomorphic engineering of multifunctional polylactide stomatocytes toward therapeutic nano-red blood cells

Shao, J., Pijpers, I. A. B., Cao, S., Williams, D. S., Yan, X., Li, J., Abdelmohsen, L. K. E. A. & van Hest, J. C. M., 6 Mar 2019, In : Advanced Science. 6, 5, 8 p., 1801678.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)
58 Downloads (Pure)

Development of morphologically discrete PEG-PDLLA nanotubes for precision nanomedicine

Wauters, A. C., Pijpers, I. A. B., Mason, A. F., Williams, D. S., Tel, J., Abdelmohsen, L. K. E. A. & van Hest, J. C. M., 14 Jan 2019, In : Biomacromolecules. 20, 1, p. 177-183 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Medical nanotechnology
Polyethylene glycols
Particle interactions

Dynamic assembly of micellar mesostructures

Altay, Y., Pijpers - Welzen, I., Abdelmohsen, L. & van Hest, J., 28 Oct 2019, In : ChemSystemsChem. 5 p., e1900049.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Biological systems
Association reactions

Student theses

Development of reduction responsive polymersomes for controlled drug delivery

Author: Stam, R., 13 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Pijpers, I. (Supervisor 1), van Hest, J. (Supervisor 2), Brunsveld, L. (Supervisor 2) & Abdelmohsen, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master