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Monitoring reactions and diffusion in a microfilter (Uitreiking)

Thursday 24 June 2021Add to my calendar
from 12:30
Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2
Koen Thijssen MSc

Promotoren: prof. Arno Kentgens & prof. Wilhelm Huck

In the past few centuries scientific research has vastly expanded our knowledge about the human body. We have even obtained a lot of knowledge at the level of human cells and molecules. However, currently we are still not able to build ourselves a fully working version of a human cell, so a lot is still to be discovered. This research by Koen Tijssen took the spectroscopic technique called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) as a starting point and it was investigated if this technique can be further optimized to study chemical processes in cells. NMR is a technique with which one can analyze samples to detect specific molecules and to determine their quantities. A major disadvantage of the technique is its relative insensitivity. This research has not delivered a major breakthrough in sensitivity, however, it presented new ways to monitor (fast) chemical reactions in general.


Koen Tijssen (1989) received his Master in Chemistry in 2012 from the Radboud University. In 2013 he started his doctoral research in the Solid-State NMR group of professor Kentgens. In 2017/2018 Koen took a second Master in Education and since 2018 he is a chemistry teacher at the Raayland College.