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Do you want to learn more about organic synthesis, polymerizations and biomedical and/or physical behavior of polymers. In this minor these topics are combined in 14 full days of experimenting combined with work discussions during tutor meetings (9 + 3 hours a week).

Practical and tutor group meetings

Within this minor you will work on a project that starts with the synthesis of a monomer or initiator. You learn to fully characterize your product by e.g. NMR or MS and assess the purity. Thereafter you will polymerize your monomer/initiator via a controlled polymerization techniques like RAFT, ATRP or anionic polymerization. The product is again fully characterized by e.g. SEC or DSC.

All polymers that are being synthesized obtain a unique physical feature relevant to biomedical applications. Some exhibit LCST behavior, others will form nanoparticles for drug delivery and some are able to bind DNA for cell transfections. Finally you need to show these characteristics e.g. by DLS, electron microscopy (SEM) or gel electrophorese measurements.

All the above mentioned techniques, except NMR, are available in our labs and will be operated by our students themselves.

The projects are discussed extensively during tutor hours on the basis of the accompanying articles and work discussions. The tutor hours are supplemented with workshops and presentations that all refer to searching for literature, understanding it and presenting.

Theory lessons

During this minor 7 hours of theory a week are scheduled during which the theory of organic chemistry, organic/retro synthesis, optimization, organic chemistry of polymers and physical chemistry of polymers will the addressed.

In this minor you will learn to perform scientific research based project that involves multiple steps disciplines. The projects are only loosely defines thus students:

o Learn to search literature

o Learn to master new topics themselves (and present it to others)

o Learn to systematically plan and perform experiments

o Learn to couple results and write a scientific report.

- Deepen theoretical knowledge in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and polymer physics.

- Work on the following competences: Design, Experimentation, Analysis, Reporting and presentation, Project-based work / project management

· Propaedeutic certificate

· The student should master theory on: ester and amide formation, hydrolysis reactions, organic reduction and oxidation reactions, aromatic substitution reactions, Sn1/E1 and Sn2/E2 reactions, addition to carbonyls, Grignard reactions

· The student should master theory on: free radical polymerization, anionic and cationic polymerization, theory on SEC/DSC and rheology.

· External students will be interviewed before enrolment.

This minor is offered in English, however all exams are offered in Dutch and English. Although we encourage an international mindset we allow all Dutch speaking project groups upon request. During theory, tutor hours and general instructions the spoken language will be English.

- Knowledge tests
- Thematic tests
- Literature report
- Research report
- Practical

Semesters start on 1 February and 1 September; classes start on the Monday of that week.

Students are expected to be available Monday to Friday, 09.00 - 17.45 during the first semester. Each week one day of practical work (9 hours), 3 hours of tutor meetings and 7 hours of theory lessons will be scheduled.

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