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dr.ir. W.M. de Vos (Wiebe)

Associate Professor Membrane Surface Science

About Me

Dr. Ir. Wiebe M. de Vos obtained his PhD in 2009 from Wageningen University on the topic of “Polymer Brushes and their interaction with particles”. He subsequently moved to Bristol University, where he studied in detail the structure and properties of a large variety of surface coatings by neutron reflectivity. In 2012, he was appointed assistant professor in the Membrane Science and Technology cluster, while in 2016 he initiated his own research group Membrane Surface Science. Within this group he combines his background in the fundamentals of surface science and physical chemistry with the much more applied field of membranes. His work in membrane surface science encompasses the coating of membranes for various functional enhancements, including anti-fouling, enhanced separations, easy-to-clean membranes and virus in-activation, but also entails building up a detailed understanding on the exact interactions between the membrane interface and selected molecules and particles. His research line gives Dr. de Vos a unique position within the national and international fields of both Membrane Science and Colloid and Interface Science. Dr. de Vos has been successful in obtaining grant income from various sources (> 4.8 M€), including in 2012 the prestigious personal VENI grant (250 k€) and in 2016 a personal VIDI grant (800 k€), both from the Dutch Science Foundation. In 2016, Dr. de Vos was awarded a personal ERC-starting grant (1.5 M€), the most prestigious grant available within the EU at his level. Dr. de Vos published 49 scientific manuscripts and 3 scientific book chapters. He has received over 680 citations and has an H-index of 15.

Expertise

Membranes
Polymers
Brushes
Multilayers
Membranes
Silica
Nanoparticles
Polyelectrolytes

Publications

Recent Articles
Ilyas, S., English, R., Aimar, P., Lahitte, J-F., & de Vos, W. M. (2017). Preparation of multifunctional hollow fiber nanofiltration membranes by dynamic assembly of weak polyelectrolyte multilayers. Colloids and surfaces A: Physicochemical and engineering aspects, 533, 286-295. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2017.09.003
Murdoch, T. J., Willott, J. D., de Vos, W. M., Nelson, A., Prescott, S. W., Wanless, E. J., & Webber, G. B. (2016). Influence of Anion Hydrophilicity on the Conformation of a Hydrophobic Weak Polyelectrolyte Brush. Macromolecules, 49(24), 9605–9617. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b01897
Ilyas, S., Joseph, N., Szymczyk, A., Volodin, A., Nijmeijer, D. C., de Vos, W. M., & Vankelecom, I. F. J. (2016). Weak polyelectrolyte multilayers as tunable membranes for solvent resistant nanofiltration. Journal of membrane science, 514, 322-331. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2016.04.073
Abbott, S. B., de Vos, W. M., Mears, L. L. E., Skoda, M. W. A., Dalgliesh, R., Edmondson, S., ... Prescott, S. W. (2016). Switching the Interpenetration of Confined Asymmetric Polymer Brushes. Macromolecules, 49(11), 4349-4357. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00310

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst - Meander (building no. 27), room 325
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst - Meander  325
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands