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ZnO is a material of high technological interest. Mineralizing ZnO in confinement should allow for enhanced properties, to achieve this it is essential to understand the underlaying formation mechanism.

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In nature hierarchical organic-inorganic composites show highly tailored properties. This is not due to their chemical compositions but thanks to precise control over both shape and structure. One example is the mineralization of collagen with calcium phosphate in bone which results in remarkable mechanical properties. Its highly-defined pores make materials like collagen a template of interest for many more inorganic phases than only calcium phosphate. One of these inorganic phases is zinc oxide (ZnO). ZnO is a metal oxide with a range of electro and opto-electronic properties. By mineralizing ZnO in the confinement enhanced and selective control over these properties should be achievable.

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Mark van Rijt is a PhD student at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry. He received his bachelor's degree at Fontys University of Applied Science writing his thesis in the group of prof. Steven P. Armes, at the University of Sheffield, on Well-defined Organic Vesicular Templates for Hybrid Core-shell Nanoparticles (2014). He obtained his master's degree at Eindhoven University of Technology (met grote waardering) writing his thesis in the Materials and Interface Chemistry group (SMG) of Prof. Nico A. J. M. Sommerdijk on the Self-Assembly of Defined Block Copolypeptides (2017).

 

Currently he is working with Prof. Bert de With towards understanding and controlling the mechanism of zinc oxide formation.

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