In my research, I translate fundamental polymer physics models to technological applications. My students and I study the tribo-mechnical behavior of polymer brushes in liquid and air to develop low-friction coatings that can be employed on bio-medical devices. Moreover, we characterize the interaction and inclusion of nanoparticles in polymer brushes to develop polymer-brush-based sensors and / or effective medication.
Ho, K., Kim, K. S. , De Beer, S., & Walker, G. C. (2021). Chemical Composition and Strain at Interfaces between Different Morphologies in Block Copolymer Thin Films. Langmuir, 37(43), 12723-12731. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c02169
Kyriakou, N. , Winnubst, L., Drobek, M. , De Beer, S. , Nijmeijer, A. , & Pizzoccaro-Zilamy, M. A. (2021). Controlled Nanoconfinement of Polyimide Networks in Mesoporous γ-Alumina Membranes for the Molecular Separation of Organic Dyes. ACS Applied Nano Materials, 4(12), 14035-14046. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c03322
Durmaz, E. N., Sahin, S. , Virga, E. , De Beer, S., De Smet, L. C. P. M. , & De Vos, W. M. (2021). Polyelectrolytes as Building Blocks for Next-Generation Membranes with Advanced Functionalities. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 3(9), 4347-4374. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.1c00654
Liu, S. , de Beer, S. , Batenburg, K. M. , Gojzewski, H. , Duvigneau, J. , & Vancso, G. J. (2021). Designer Core-Shell Nanoparticles as Polymer Foam Cell Nucleating Agents: The Impact of Molecularly Engineered Interfaces. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 13(14), 17034-17045. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c00569
Smook, L. A. , Ritsema van Eck, G. C. , & de Beer, S. (2021). Concentrating Vapor Traces with Binary Brushes of Immiscible Polymers. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 3(5), 2336-2340. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.1c00321
Smook, L. A. , Ritsema van Eck, G. C. , & de Beer, S. (2021). Vapor sorption in binary polymer brushes: The effect of the polymer-polymer interface. Journal of chemical physics, 155(5), . https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0057065
Veldscholte, L. B., Horst, R. J. , & de Beer, S. (2021). Design, construction, and testing of an accurate low-cost humidistat for laboratory-scale applications. European physical journal E. Soft Matter, 44(4), . https://doi.org/10.1140/epje/s10189-021-00062-5
Li, H., Liu, C., Chen, J., de Vries, I. , de Beer, S., Zhang, L., Zhang, X., Ma, J., Li, J. , Zeng, X., Liu, H., & Shang, Y. (2021). Study on the fabrication and tribological behavior of self-assembled functionalized graphene oxide in water. Colloids and surfaces A: Physicochemical and engineering aspects, 616, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2021.126153
Yu, Y. , Brió Pérez, M., Cao, C. , & de Beer, S. (2021). Switching (bio-) adhesion and friction in liquid by stimulus responsive polymer coatings. European polymer journal, 147, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2021.110298
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It is my personal goal to help students in their development to become excellent researchers. I attempt to achieve this by lecturing, tutoring and mentoring students in the bachelor or master program of Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering and Advanced Technology. I am involved in several courses, such as Statistical Physics (B-TN), Polymer Physics (M-CHE) and Physical Modeling (B-TN and B-AT).