Study the properties of novel bottle-brushed PIC-PNIPAM materials.

The main goal of this research is to study the properties of polyisocyanopeptides hydrogels with other thermoresponsive polymers. In particular, the effect of the molecular weight of these thermoresponsive polymers on network properties, such as stiffness and hydrophobicity. At the final stage of the project, chain-end functionality of the hydrogels will be used for conjugational chemistry.‚Äč

Lauren Geurds is a bachelor student in chemistry from the HAN University. In her bachelor, she focussed on organical chemistry but also did a minor in analytical chemistry and bio-nano technologies. Currently, she is finishing her bachelor degree with an internship project at the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland, where she will focus on the synthesis and characterization of polyisocyanopeptides hydrogels with other thermoresponsive polymers.