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.




Willott, J. D., Murdoch, T. J., Leermakers, F. A. M., & De Vos, W. M. (2018). Behavior of Weak Polyelectrolyte Brushes in Mixed Salt Solutions. Macromolecules, 51(3), 1198-1206. DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b02244
Mocan, M., Wahdat, H., van der Kooij, H. M., de Vos, W. M., & Kamperman, M. (2018). Systematic variation of membrane casting parameters to control the structure of thermo-responsive isoporous membranes. Journal of membrane science, 548, 502-509. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.11.047
Ahmad, M. Z., Navarro, M., Lhotka, M., Zornoza, B., Téllez, C., de Vos, W. M., ... Coronas, J. (2018). Enhanced gas separation performance of 6FDA-DAM based mixed matrix membranes by incorporating MOF UiO-66 and its derivatives. Journal of membrane science, 558, 64-77. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2018.04.040
Sinclair, T. R., Robles, D., Raza, B., van den Hengel, S., Rutjes, S. A., de Roda Husman, A. M., ... Roesink, H. D. W. (2018). Virus reduction through microfiltration membranes modified with a cationic polymer for drinking water applications. Colloids and surfaces A: Physicochemical and engineering aspects, 551, 33-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2018.04.056
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
Cetintas, M., de Grooth, J., Hofman, A. H., van der Kooij, H. M., Loos, K., de Vos, W. M., & Kamperman, M. (2017). Free-standing thermo-responsive nanoporous membranes from high molecular weight PS-PNIPAM block copolymers synthesized via RAFT polymerization. Polymer chemistry, 8(14), 2235-2243. DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00023E

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