Nicole Franssen wins DPI Golden Thesis Award

11. 11. 2013 | Susan

UvA alumnus chemist Dr Nicole Franssen has been awarded the Dutch Polymer Institute’s (DPI) Golden Thesis Award 2013. This award was presented to her at the DPI annual meeting on Tuesday, 5 November.Nicole Franssen obtained her PhD at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in December 2012 with research supervised by Professor Bas de Bruin of the Homogeneous, Supramolecular & Bioinspired Catalysis group at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS). Her work led to a DPI patent and seven scientific publications in excellent research journals.

In her thesis Functional (co) Polymers From Carbenes, Franssen explores the scope of a newly discovered reaction allowing the synthesis of a specific class of functionalised carbon-chain polymers. She describes the reaction mechanism of this so-called ‘rhodium-mediated stereoregular carbene polymerisation’ in great detail. Furthermore, she gives an in-depth characterisation of newly formed polymers with unusual liquid-crystalline (LC) properties.

According to De Bruin, Franssen’s thesis was written in a very transparent and accessible manner, making it easy to understand for a broad community ranging from catalyst-designers to material-scientist and thus facilitating efficient knowledge transfer.

Franssen is currently a researcher at Shell Global Solutions in Amsterdam.

About the Dutch Polymer Institute 
Based in Eindhoven, the Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) was established in 1997 as a public-private partnership to perform pre-competitive research into polymers and their application, linking scientific knowledge to the industrial need for innovation.
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