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The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little into the impossible.

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Yari Foelen is a doctoral candidate in the Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices group under supervision of prof. dr. Albert Schenning and dr. Bastiaansen. In close collaboration with industry, Yari works on optical sensors for food packaging, specifically using stimuli-responsive liquid crystal technology.

Academic background

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Universiteit Hasselt (Hasselt, Belgium) with a research project on pressure sensitive adhesives in collaboration with Nitto Europe, Yari chose to pursue a more application oriented master's degree at TU Eindhoven where he enrolled in the molecular systems and materials chemistry track of the Chemical engineering department. For his graduation project in 2018, he characterized the mechanical deformation of light responsive liquid crystal bilayer films in the stimuli-responsive functional materials & devices (SFD) group, under the supervision of Marina Pilz Da Cunha MSc and Prof. dr. Albert Schenning. After 5 months industrial internship working on automated polymerization of drug carriers and emulsion polymerization optimization at CSIRO (Melbourne, Australia), Yari completed his Master of Science degree. He currently works as a doctoral candidate in the SFD group of TU Eindhoven.

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Research Output 2019 2019

  • 3 Citations
  • 2 Article
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Liquid Crystals
Liquid crystals
2 Citations (Scopus)

On untethered, dual magneto- and photoresponsive liquid crystal bilayer actuators showing bending and rotating motion

Pilz da Cunha, M., Foelen, Y., Engels, T. A. P., Papamichou, K., Hagenbeek, M., Debije, M. G. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 4 Apr 2019, In : Advanced Optical Materials. 7, 7, 1801604

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Liquid Crystals
Liquid crystals