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“I find it particularly inspiring that the materials we study have the potential to meet the future needs of our society in terms of properties, processing, and carbon footprint.”

Research profile

Having started his career as a synthetic organic chemist, Rolf van Benthem has develop into a materials chemist specializing in polymers, resins, coatings and active surfaces. He is active in the development of new polymers and new levels of control in polymers and polymer materials (such as synthesis, processing, self-assembly, crystallization and cross-linking).  Van Benthem is also involved, both at DSM and at TU/e, in finding new functions for thin films and materials (including self-healing and surface-replenishing materials), and is working at TU/e on sol-gel particle generation control, drying effects resulting in surface structuring and functionalization, and environmentally friendly biobased polymer materials for coatings.

Academic background

Rolf van Benthem studied Chemistry at Leiden University, specializing in Organic Chemistry and Biocatalysis and graduating cum laude in 1990 (Prof.Van der Gen, Dr Hans Brussee). Subsequently he obtained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 1995 under supervision of professors Nico Speckamp and Henk Hiemstra, with his thesis on homogeneous oxidative catalysis for the synthesis of vicinal aminoalcohols and diamines. He then started his research into highly branched polymers  and other coating related subjects with DSM Research in Geleen (the Netherlands), where he currently is Corporate Science Fellow for Macromolecular Sciences. Since 2002 he is part-time professor of Coatings Technology at TU Eindhoven (TU/e), now at the Physical Chemistry group of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. 

Affiliated with

  • DPI
  • TKI Chemistry, Programmaraad Chemistry of Advanced Materials

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • DSM
  • VVVF

External positions

DSM Materials Science Centre, DSM

1 May 1995 → …

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Research Output

Superhydrophobic Films from Raspberry-like Particles

Ming, W., Wu, D., Benthem, van, R. A. T. M. & With, de, G., 2005, In : Nano Letters. 5, 11, p. 2298-2301

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  • 524 Citations (Scopus)

    Self-Replenishing Surfaces

    Dikic, T., Ming, W., Benthem, van, R. A. T. M., Carvalho Esteves, de, A. C. & With, de, G., 2012, In : Advanced Materials. 24, 27, p. 3701-3704 4 p.

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    Global and local conductivity in percolating crosslinked carbon black/epoxy–amine composites

    Alekseev, A., Wu, T. H., van der Ven, L. G. J., van Benthem, R. A. T. M. & de With, G., Jul 2020, In : Journal of Materials Science. 55, 21, p. 8930-8939 10 p.

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    Water swelling behavior of poly(ethylene glycol)-based polyurethane networks

    Albers, P. T. M., van der Ven, L. G. J., van Benthem, R. A. T. M., Esteves, A. C. C. & de With, G., 11 Feb 2020, In : Macromolecules. 53, 3, p. 862-874 13 p.

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    Coatings science and technology

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    Student theses

    Degradation and stabilization of unsaturated polyester resins

    Author: Hutten, J., 30 Sep 2010

    Supervisor: Gijsman, P. (Supervisor 1), Evers, L. (External coach), Koning, C. (Supervisor 2) & van Benthem, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Surface modification for self-healing adhesion

    Author: Kops, R., 31 Jan 2011

    Supervisor: de With, G. (Supervisor 1), van Benthem, R. (Supervisor 2), van der Ven, L. (Supervisor 2) & Kranenburg, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    The role of aluminum ions on the biosilicification of Pinnularia sp.

    Author: Rutten, L., 18 Dec 2019

    Supervisor: van Benthem, R. A. (Supervisor 1), Soleimani, M. (Supervisor 2), de With, G. (Supervisor 2) & Heuts, J. (. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master