1.7 Million NWO-CHIPP grant for Prof. Govert Somsen (Biomolecular Analysis)

The grant enables him to work on the development of new analytical techniques for advanced polymers.

02/09/2018 | 9:59 AM

In the awarded project, named UNMATCHED (UNderstanding MATerials by CHaracterizing Essential Distributions), Somsen teams up with Profs. Peter Schoenmakers and Ron Peters (UvA) and researchers from the companies DSM, AkzoNobel and BASF.

Enhanced separation and detection of complex (bio)polymers

Many modern (bio)materials are composed of polymers. Today, increasingly smarter chemical strategies are developed to make more and more complex polymer molecules, which comprise multiple structural distributions. Current analytical methods are not able resolve this molecular diversity. As a consequence, polymer structures cannot be correlated adequately to functional properties.

UnmatchedThe UNMATCHED project aims to develop innovative highly-selective analytical methods for enhanced separation and detection of complex (bio)polymers. This will aid in better understanding of polymer properties and function, and ultimately in the production of more sophisticated polymer materials.

A coherent team of four PhD students and two postdocs will work on the project, in both VU and UvA laboratories. They will also be seconded to the company labs for substantial periods, with a focus on implementing newly developed UNMATCHED systems in industry.


The proposal was granted by NWO ENW in the Chemical Industrial Partnership Programme (CHIPP) from the Innovation Fund for Chemistry. Half of the budget is funded by the industrial partners, the other half by NWO.