Van Hest appointed as head of new group Bio-organic Chemistry

TU/e has appointed Jan van Hest as professor and head of the new Bio-organic Chemistry research group. This creates a combined chair across two departments of the university: Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. Van Hest joins TU/e from Radboud University, Nijmegen.

The new research group Bio-organic Chemistry will operate at the interface between (polymer) chemistry and bio-medicine. Van Hest will, among other things, focus on creating artificial cells and new ways of drug delivery inside the body.

Jan van Hest carried out his PhD research at TU/e under University Professor Bert Meijer. He then worked as a researcher at the University of Massachusetts. In 1997 he started work at DSM, first as a researcher and later as group head in the development of new material concepts. In 2000 he was appointed as professor at Radboud University.

Jan van Hest received a VICI grant (2010) and ERC Advanced Grant (2016) for his work. He was also a member of the research team (along with Bert Meijer) that received a Gravitation award (‘zwaartekrachtpremie’) in 2012 at the Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems.

TU/e Rector Magnificus Frank Baaijens describes the appointment of Van Hest as significant. “Jan van Hest is a leading international scientist, and a valuable addition to the TU/e research ranks. His work covers an interesting and important new research field, at the cutting edge of disciplines; this principle strongly reflects the ambitions of TU/e.”

Source: TU/e Press Team

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