“Control over architectural and mechanical properties in supramolecular hydrogels will facilitate the development of life-like biomaterials”
Martin obtained his Bachelor’s degrees in Molecular Life Sciences and Chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, after which he continued with a master in Chemistry. During his master he worked on the design of stress-responsive hydrogel networks in the group of prof. dr. Alan Rowan and dr. Paul Kouwer, together with the group of prof. dr. ir. Jan van Hest. He performed a second internship in the group of prof. dr. Hiroshi Uji-i, were he worked on the design of photoresponsive polymer layers around 1D nanowires. Currently, Martin is a PhD student in the group of prof. dr. dr. Patricia Dankers, working together with the group of dr. Paul Kouwer, to design synthetic extracellular matrices. His work focuses on creating hybrid hydrogel networks to obtain control over mechanical properties and the use of liquid-crystal templating to implement alignment in supramolecular biomaterials.