Dirk Grijpma's research interests are: resorbable polymers and composites for medical applications, structure-properties relationships in polymers, tissue engineering, drug delivery, ring-opening polymerization, photo-polymerization, combinatorial chemistry, hybrid networks, 3D printing and stereolithography.
Current research includes the development of advanced microstructures by additive manufacturing (3D printing and stereolithography), the synthesis of novel polymeric materials for use in these additive manufacturing technologies and research programs on composite membranes for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse.
His research is characterized by a very high applicability of the developed polymeric biomaterials and implants in the clinic. Much of this work is done in cooperation with clinicians, and in collaboration with industry. Valorization occurs by actively patenting relevant research findings and investigating possibilities for the creation of spin-off companies.