Jente Verjans

Position: doctoral researcherJente Verjans


Jente Verjans is a Ph.D. student in the Supramolecular Chemistry group of Prof. Richard Hoogenboom. In 2013, he obtained his B.Sc. from Hasselt University, and in 2015 his M.Sc. from Ghent University, under the supervision of Prof. Richard Hoogenboom.. In 2016, he started his Ph.D. research on dynamic supramolecular polymer networks based on hydrogen bonding and metal coordination and polyacrylamide hydrogels.

Research project:

Jente's research focuses on supramolecular polymer networks, metal coordinations and hydrogen bonded networks. Metal coordination materials are produced by the coupling of imidazole ligands to the polymer side chains and network formation with different metal ions is investigated. The hydrogen bonded networks are based on quadruple hydrogen bonding of ureidopyrimidinone (UPy) and naphtyridine (NaPy) units coupled to functional polymer side chains. Polyacrylamide hydrogels are prepared by post-polymerization modification of commercial or in-house synthesized polymers through thiol-ene chemistry.