• 17470 Citations
1986 …2020

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Research profile

Rint Sijbesma’s research uses supramolecular and dynamic covalent chemistry to develop the next generation of ‘’smart’’ polymers.  The development of dynamic and stimuli-responsive materials is one of the central themes in his group. In many projects, the stimulus is mechanical in nature. Self-assembling hydrogels which mimic the mechanical properties of natural fibrous tissues are a highlight in this program. In related research, polymers are studied that respond to a mechanical stimulus by emitting light – thus giving rise to an ultrasensitive tool to report damage at the molecular level. Moreover stress-sensitive catalysts are developed for self-healing materials.

Dynamics and responsiveness also play a main role in a program that uses dynamic covalent chemistry to create adaptive materials such as vitrimers. These materials find application in 3D printing, in coatings and as engineering materials.

Another theme in Sijbesma’s research is the use of self-assembly to create nanostructured polymeric materials. The focus is on the use of columnar liquid crystals to form polymeric films with a high density of monodisperse, nanometer sized pores. In a related activity, columnar liquid crystals are used to develop a new generation of organic ferroelectric materials. 

Academic background

Rint Sijbesma studied chemistry at Utrecht University where he graduated cum laude in 1987. In 1992 he obtained his PhD at the University of Nijmegen for research into synthetic receptor molecules under the supervision of Prof. Roeland Nolte. The following year he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Fred Wudl at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) on the organic chemistry of C60 (buckminsterfullerene). In 1993, Sijbesma joined the group of Prof. E.W. (Bert) Meijer at Eindhoven University of Technology, where he started his work on supramolecular polymers as assistant professor. In 2002, he became associate professor and with a 'Pionier' grant from NWO set up a research line in the area of 'Functional Self-Assembled Polymers'. In 2006 Rint Sijbesma was appointed full professor. 

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Research Output

Fractography of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogel networks crosslinked with mechanofluorophores using confocal laser scanning microscopy

Stratigaki, M., Baumann, C., van Breemen, L., Heuts, H., Sijbesma, R. & Göstl, R., 14 Jan 2020, In : Polymer Chemistry. 11, 2, p. 358-366 9 p.

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    Sensitized mechanoluminescence design toward mechanically induced intense red emission from transparent polymer films

    Yang, F., Yuan, Y., Sijbesma, R. P. & Chen, Y., 11 Feb 2020, In : Macromolecules. 53, 3, p. 905-912 8 p.

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  • Carbon nanotube reinforced supramolecular hydrogels for bioapplications

    Mihajlovic, M., Mihajlovic, M., Dankers, P. Y. W., Masereeuw, R. & Sijbesma, R. P., 1 Jan 2019, In : Macromolecular Bioscience. 19, 12 p., 1800173.

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    Microphase separation: enabling isosorbide-based polycarbonates with improved property profile

    Kamps, J. H., Ramakrishnan, V., Hoeks, T., Jansen, B. J. P., Sijbesma, R. P. & Heuts, J. P. A., 14 May 2019, In : Macromolecules. 52, 9, p. 3187-3198 12 p.

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    Prizes

    Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems

    E.W. Meijer (Recipient), J.C.M. van Hest (Recipient), L. Brunsveld (Recipient), R.A.J. Janssen (Recipient) & R.P. Sijbesma (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: NWOGravitationScientific

  • Courses

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    DBL Molecules and materials

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    Organic chemistry

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    Physical organic chemistry

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    Press / Media

    Plastics with dynamic bonds expand 3D-printing envelope

    Rint P. Sijbesma

    2/10/19

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    Velcro spaghetti: advanced 3D printing

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    1/10/19

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    New Muscle-Like Hydrogel Strengthens Itself When Mechanically Stressed

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    1/02/19

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    Self-growing polymers repair themselves when fractured

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    1/02/19

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    Student theses

    (Photoactive) metathesis polymers

    Author: Maas, J., 31 Aug 1996

    Supervisor: Meijer, E. (Supervisor 1) & Sijbesma, R. (Coach)

    Student thesis: Master

    Assembly of supramolecules into well defined morphologies

    Author: Jansma, S., 21 Dec 2016

    Supervisor: Schenning, A. (Supervisor 1), Murphy, J. (Supervisor 2), Nickmans, K. (Supervisor 2), Broer, D. (Supervisor 2) & Sijbesma, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Behaviour and morphology of self-assemblies of pH-responsive polyurethane ionomers

    Author: Song, S., 29 Nov 2017

    Supervisor: Voets, I. K. (Supervisor 1), Sahebali, S. (Supervisor 2), Tuinier, R. (Supervisor 2) & Sijbesma, R. P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Catalytic nanoporous membranes: the synthesis of a T-shaped mesogen based on a Zn-Salphen complex

    Author: Lugger, J., 30 Nov 2013

    Supervisor: Schwartz, E. (Supervisor 1), Sijbesma, R. (Supervisor 2) & Schenning, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Chemical and catalytic control over the in situ netwok formation kinetics in PBT vitrimers

    Author: van den Bergen, S., 28 Feb 2018

    Supervisor: Heuts, J. (Supervisor 1), Zhou, Y. (Supervisor 2), Sijbesma, R. (Supervisor 2) & de Carvalho Esteves, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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