Hi, my name is Serge Söntjens. I am a chemist with an extensive background in organic, physical, and supramolecular chemistry, polymer materials, and biomedical engineering.
I studied at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where I completed a degree in chemistry and chemical engineering in 1998. I subsequently started a Ph.D. project in the group of Bert Meijer, investigating the dynamic properties of supramolecular systems with four hydrogen bonds. After finishing my Ph.D. in 2002 I went to work for Mark Grinstaff, first at Duke University and later at Boston University. At that time I was investigating injectable hydrogel systems that could be used to treat cartilage defects (osteoarthritis).
In 2004 I returned to the Netherlands and continued research in the biomedical field. I worked on a number of projects, including evaluating the potential of biodegradable and biocompatible thermoplastic elastomers as scaffolds for cardiovascular tissue engineering and investigating the viability of polylactides as resorbable materials for orthopaedic implants.
I currently work at SyMO-Chem, a contract research company, still mostly on the development and synthesis of a variety of systems related to biomedical science.
In my free time I enjoy good food, the arts, music and photography.
For more information please have a look at my LinkedIn page.