Materials Science and Technology of Polymers

Ph.D. Thesis in MTP group
What does chemistry mean to you?


What would happen to all of humanity if, with a single brushstroke, you wiped out all the contributions of chemistry from modern life? Say goodbye to pharmaceuticals to cure diseases. Forget about trying to log on your computer, turn on the television or send a text message. ‘Chemistry is essential,’ says Professor Julius Vancso, chair of the Materials Science and Technology of Polymers group. ‘Without it, we would all die a lot sooner. ’


Read more in UT Nieuws, 17 March 2011

The MTP Group of University Twente

The group Materials Science and Technology of Polymers (MTP), chaired by Professor G. Julius Vancso, studies a range of topics, which revolve around macromolecular nanotechnology and materials chemistry of nanostructured (macro)molecular materials.
MTP’s mission is to establish approaches, devise and construct tools, and build materials platforms that enable studies of macromolecular structure, behavior and function from the nanometer length scale, bottom up, in a direct one-to-one control of the molecular objects.
This knowledge is utilized to obtain advanced functional macromolecular materials and devices with enhanced or novel properties and functions for targeted applications.

UT researcher Giorgos Kafkopoulos wins Unilever Research Prize

Giorgos Kafkopoulos, now a PhD researcher at the Materials Science and Technology of Polymers research group, wins a Unilever Research Prize 2018. Kafkopoulos receives the prize later this month for his master’s research project.

Unilever hands out their research prizes for innovative research focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In his Thesis Mr. Kafkopoulos tackles the scientific basis and technological realization of novel cellular (foamable) materials, which can either be utilized as lightweight advanced, recyclable structural materials with a reduced environmental fingerprint, or as thermal insulation materials. This choice of topics should make relevant contributions in several areas to tackle the Global Goals: (a) by reducing the amount of materials needed to achieve high performance (“more with less”); (b) by developing cellular materials to significantly reduce heat loss in building infrastructure and other areas, and (c) by using such high performance materials to achieve the objectives of the “climate action”. This work is culminated in a very well written Master thesis report and a graduation with cum laude honours


Cum Laude for Ms. Lehani Verwey

Lehani defended her PDEng degree with distinction (cum laude) on July 5, 2018.
Her Thesis is entitled “Designer Smart Elastomers for car Tyres”. Her project target was to design, synthesize, characterize and test a new class of “smart” (responsive) elastomer materials, in collaboration with Apollo Tyres.

Marie Curie ERS/EU Respire3 Fellowship for MTP Alumni


Dr. Sinem Tas, MTP Alumni, has received a prestigious Marie Curie ERS/EU Respire3 grant from European Respiratory Society (ERS). ERS/EU Fellowship provides an opportunity to early career investigators to boost their careers in basic, translational and clinical research.

This 2-year fellowship will allow Dr. Tas to develop 3D printed functional distal lung tissue using smart hydrogels. Dr. Tas will conduct her research in the group of Dr. Darcy Wagner (Lung Bioengineering and Regeneration Group) at Lund University in collaboration with MTP Group.



Morphology and Microstructure of Heterogeneous Polymers and Composites





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The workshop will consist of lectures and additional discussions. Active participation by the PhD students is expected, including the obligatory presentation of a poster about their own research. The lecturers are explicitly asked to give tutorial presentations with emphasis on a basic understanding of their subjects, which culminate with their views on the present day state-of-the-art and challenges of their specific topics.

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New UT measurement technique uses tiny amounts of protein

Barnacle’s larvae leave behind tiny protein traces on a ship hull: but what is the type of protein and what is the protein-surface interaction? Conventional techniques can only indentify dissolved proteins and in large quantities. Using a modified type of an Atomic Force Microscope, scientists of The University of Twente in the Netherlands and A*STAR in Singapore, can now measure protein characteristics of even very small traces on a surface. They present the new technique n Nature Nanotechnology.



Article published in UT-Nieuws Edition 4 2016.


Within the EFRO project 24Water Artecs and MTP collaborate on the development of new materials for nanofiltration membranes to retrieve the remains of medication, drugs and pesticides in our drinking water.


G. J.Vancso, Nanyang Adjunct Professor

G. Julius Vancso has been appointed Nanyang Adjunct Professor
G. Julius Vancso has been appointed Nanyang Adjunct Professor of Materials Science in Singapore.

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Polymer Micro- and Nanofibers as Functional Material Platforms
Polymer Micro- and Nanofibers as Functional Material Platforms

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