George Hermens

George Hermens

University of Groningen

George Hermens


Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Key expertises

Photochemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Crosslinking, Spectroscopy, Homogeneous Catalysis

About me

I was born and raised in Groningen (The Netherlands), the Metropolis of the North. I received my BSc and MSc in chemistry at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and joined the ARC CBBC program in 2018 as a PhD student in the group of Ben Feringa. My hobbies include soccer, fitness and traveling.

About my research

In 2018, I started my journey in a joint project between the University of Groningen and AkzoNobel. The goal of this project is to find and develop biomass derived monomers that can be used as acrylate alternatives in the production of biobased polymers and coatings. Having developed novel biobased polymers and coatings, we are currently looking into the upscaling of the biobased monomers using flow chemistry in collaboration with another university. The ARC CBBC creates these unique opportunities in research forming the bridge between partners like industry and academia. Therefore, I found that research can be accelerated due to the combined forces. Within ARC CBBC, I wish to develop a sustainable product that is useful for industry and helps to strive towards a better future.