Newsletter KNCV Macromolecular Division

On behalf of the Macromolecules section, board members Bert Gebben and Gert Boven congratulated founder of the section Prof. Ger Challa on his 90th birthday at his home in Heemstede. It was a pleasant meeting, our visit and gift were greatly appreciated.

This new Belgian-Dutch polymer conference will be organized by Belgian Polymer Group (BPG) at the Belgian side, and KNCV-MM together with “Bond voor Materialen” from the Dutch side. Frank Sekeris from KNCV will actively support in the organization. The goal is to organize a binational polymer conference where Dutch and Belgian polymer groups participate. The conference will be of academic level, but industrial speakers are encouraged to participate. This conference will replace the BPG annual meeting and the traditional autumn symposium organized by KNCV-MM and Bond voor Materialen, a big contribution of the presentations will come from PhD students.
The topic of the conference will be “Polymer Science Driven Sustainability".
The conference will take place 8 and 9 October 2020 at Koningshof in Veldhoven. Anne Hélène Gélébart (SABIC - former TU/e PhD-student supervised by Prof. Broer and Prof. Schenning) has won the biannual Challa Polymer Chemistry/Technology prize. She presented her work on “Photo-thermal actuation of liquid crystal polymers” during the Dutch Polymer Days 25 and 26 March 2019.
The selection committee consisted of:

  • Prof. dr. Francesco Picchioni (Groningen University) – President and KNCV jury member
  • Ir. Marlieke Breijer-Pepels (Teijin Aramid) – KNCV jury member
  • Prof. dr. Pascal Jonckheijm (Twente University) – external jury member
  • dr. Hans Heuts (Technical University Eindhoven) – external jury member

The prize of €1500 was handed over by Prof. Ger Challa.

KNCV-MM has invited Prof.dr. Rolf Mülhaupt (Freiburg Material Research Center - DE) as invited speaker at the Dutch Polymer Days 2019. The topic of his presentation was “Green polymer chemistry”.

During the Dutch Polymer Days the KNCV-MM HBO Poster Award has been awarded to Jarno Guit from NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. The title of his poster was: “Resin formulation with novel renewable (meth)acrylates based on soybean oil for stereolithography 3D printing”
The board of KNCV section Macromolecules has established the KNCV-MM HBO Poster Award, sponsored this year by SABIC. The award was created to stimulate high-quality applied research and to promote the connection between universities and universities of applied sciences within the Netherlands. It has been awarded for the second time. For this prize, students or recent graduates from Dutch HBO institutions are eligible who have conducted excellent internship or graduation research in the field of polymer chemistry or technology. Students from different applied universities have been pre-selected and presented their research during the poster session at the Dutch Polymer Days. A jury of professionals has selected the winner.

The Macromolecules section of the KNCV is organizing a "student challenge" in the broad field of polymers and macromolecules. On this day, different teams are formed consisting of bachelor and master students from both HBO and University who are confronted in their (chemical) studies with various aspects such as synthesis, processing or application of polymers and macromolecules. The representatives of industry present a current challenge. Various groups with students from mixed educational background (HBO or University) start working on the best solution. This is then presented to specialists who offer their help to further develop the innovative ideas and make them even better. After the presentation for a wide audience, the final winners will be chosen. Per University and Applied University, a pre-selection of the teams will be made. The winners of the pre-selection can participate in the final student challenge.

The financial management of the KNCV sections has been revised. From now on the KNCV mother organization controls the finances of the sections. This means that no cash control committee is needed anymore for the sections. Furthermore, the following modifications were implemented:

  • Money from "dead sections" is put into a fund and other sections can claim that fund.
  • All the money from the sections is owned by KNCV. Small amounts of budget can be spent without justification, above a higher amount expenses have to be accounted for.
  • The treasurer of the sections (Dr. Ir. Wiebe de Vos for the section Macromolecules) remains and writes financial annual reports.
General assembly

The general assembly will not take place this year, in the future we will have a biannual general assembly during the Dutch Polymer Days.

Changes in the Board

The student representative and webmaster Niels Meereboer (Groningen University) finished his term. His role was taken over by Jules Stouten (Maastricht University).

For more information about upcoming events and the latest news, please visit the KNCV section MM website here.

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