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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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Liquid Crystals Chemical Compounds
Liquid crystals Engineering & Materials Science
Atmospheric humidity Chemical Compounds
Siloxanes Chemical Compounds
Methyl Green Medicine & Life Sciences
Nematic liquid crystals Chemical Compounds
Polyethylene Chemical Compounds
Ultraviolet Rays Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2018 2019

  • 28 Citations
  • 5 Article
17 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

An artificial nocturnal flower via humidity-gated photoactuation in liquid crystal networks

Wani, O. M., Verpaalen, R., Zeng, H., Priimagi, A. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 11 Jan 2019, In : Advanced Materials. 31, 2, 6 p., 1805985.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Liquid Crystals
Liquid crystals
Atmospheric humidity

Rewritable optical patterns in light-responsive ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene

Lafleur, S. S. D., Severn, J. R., Verpaalen, R. C. P., Schenning, A. P. H. J. & Bastiaansen, C. W. M., 31 Jan 2019, In : ACS Applied Polymer Materials. 1, 3, p. 392-396 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Methyl Green
Ultraviolet Rays
Coloring Agents
Hot Temperature
1 Downloads (Pure)

Transparent, lightweight, and high strength polyethylene films by a scalable continuous extrusion and solid-state drawing process

Lin, Y., Tu, W., Verpaalen, R. C. P., Zhang, H., Bastiaansen, C. W. M. & Peijs, T., 9 Aug 2019, In : Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. 304, 8, 11 p., 1900138.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Safety glass
9 Citations (Scopus)
12 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Liquid Crystals
Nematic liquid crystals
Liquid crystals
Atmospheric humidity
2 Citations (Scopus)
12 Downloads (Pure)

Sub-5 nm structured films by hydrogen bonded siloxane liquid crystals and block copolymers

Nickmans, K., Verpaalen, R. C. P., Murphy, J. N. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 2018, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 6, 12, p. 3042-3046 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Liquid Crystals
Liquid crystals
Block copolymers