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Kamperman, Prof. Marleen

Marleen Kamperman
Marleen Kamperman

Marleen Kamperman studied Physics at the University of Groningen (UG) and was awarded her doctorate in 2008 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Since 2018, she has been the Professor of Polymer Science at the UG. Here, Kamperman focuses on making new materials, such as the long, organic molecules that are often known as polymers.

Kamperman studies softer materials that are suitable for biomedical applications, among other things. Her focus now lies on adhesives that stick well to wet surfaces. Geckos, for example, appear to have a kind of superglue on their feet: they can peel their feet off surfaces and reattach them very often, without the glue losing its effect. Mussels also possess a unique type of glue that works under water. Marleen Kamperman is fascinated by this. She is attempting to replicate such special types of glue. These could be used in the human body, for instance, to adhere wounds shut instead of stitching them up.

In 2019, Kamperman was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant. She wants to use this to develop new materials through environmentally-friendly processes. ‘In nature, all sorts of organisms make fantastic materials, such as spiderwebs and the threads made by velvet worms, without using any harmful solvents. Many of these materials are made from proteins. Before they get their final properties, they sit inside the organism in a fluid form. The conversion of the fluid to the final material is a very interesting process, which I would like to simulate in the lab.’

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Kembaren, R., Fokkink, R., Westphal, A. H., Kamperman, M., Kleijn, J. M., & Borst, J. W. (2020). Balancing Enzyme Encapsulation Efficiency and Stability in Complex Coacervate Core Micelles. Langmuir, 36(29), 8494-8502.
Maan, A., Hofman, A., de Vos, W. M., & Kamperman, M. (2020). Recent Developments and Practical Feasibility of Polymer-Based Antifouling Coatings. Advanced Functional Materials, [2000936].
Dompe, M., Vahdati, M., Van Ligten, F., Serrano, F. J. C., Hourdet, D., Creton, C., ... Kamperman, M. (2020). Enhancement of the Adhesive Properties by Optimizing the Water Content in PNIPAM-Functionalized Complex Coacervates. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 2(4), 1722-1730.
Dompe, M., Cedano-Serrano, F. J., Vandati, M., Hourdet, D., van der Gucht, J., Kamperman, M., & Kodger, T. E. (2020). Hybrid Complex Coacervate. Polymers, 12(2), [320].
Mintis, D. G., Dompe, M., Kamperman, M., & Mavrantzas, V. G. (2020). Effect of Polymer Concentration on the Structure and Dynamics of Short Poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) in Aqueous Solution: A Combined Experimental and Molecular Dynamics Study. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 124(1), 240-252.
Dompe, M., Cedano-Serrano, F. J., Vahdati, M., Sidoli, U., Heckert, O., Synytska, A., ... Kamperman, M. (2020). Tuning the Interactions in Multiresponsive Complex Coacervate-Based Underwater Adhesives. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(1), [100].


Dompe, M., Cedano-Serrano, F. J., Vahdati, M., van Westerveld, L., Hourdet, D., Creton, C., ... Kamperman, M. (2020). Underwater Adhesion of Multiresponsive Complex Coacervates. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 7(4), [1901785].
Feat, A., Federle, W., Kamperman, M., Murray, M., van der Gucht, J., & Taylor, P. (2019). Slippery paints: Eco-friendly coatings that cause ants to slip. Progress in Organic Coatings, 135, 331-344.
Hofman, A. H., Fokkink, R., & Kamperman, M. (2019). A mild and quantitative route towards well-defined strong anionic/hydrophobic diblock copolymers: Synthesis and aqueous self-assembly. Polymer Chemistry, 10(45), 6109-6115.
Feat, A., Federle, W., Kamperman, M., & van der Gucht, J. (2019). Coatings preventing insect adhesion: An overview. Progress in Organic Coatings, 134, 349-359.
Dompe, M., Cedano-Serrano, F. J., Heckert, O., van den Heuvel, N., van der Gucht, J., Tran, Y., ... Kamperman, M. (2019). Thermoresponsive Complex Coacervate-Based Underwater Adhesive. Advanced materials, 31(21), [1808179].
van Assenbergh, P., Fokker, M., Langowski, J., van Esch, J., Kamperman, M., & Dodou, D. (2019). Pull-off and friction forces of micropatterned elastomers on soft substrates: the effects of pattern length scale and stiffness. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 10, 79-94.


Filippov, A. D., van Hees, I. A., Fokkink, R., Voets, I. K., & Kamperman, M. (2018). Rapid and Quantitative De-tert-butylation for Poly(acrylic acid) Block Copolymers and Influence on Relaxation of Thermoassociated Transient Networks. Macromolecules, 51(20), 8316-8323.
Hofman, A. H., van Hees, I. A., Yang, J., & Kamperman, M. (2018). Bioinspired Underwater Adhesives by Using the Supramolecular Toolbox. Advanced materials, 30(19), [1704640].
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