Specialisation Physical Chemistry

The focus of Physical Chemistry is on the chemical and physical properties of molecules and molecular assemblies, together with their behaviour in (bio)chemical processes, their interactions in complex systems, and their phase and interfacial behaviour. Nature can be taken as an example for studying and synthesising new compounds with interesting chemical or physical properties, so that they can be used in applications ranging from LCDs, biosensors or to improve properties of food. Attention is paid to the design and synthesis of compounds with special properties (e.g. with respect to phase behaviour). Advanced techniques are used to deal with research issues ranging from fundamental subjects like supramolecular structures, association colloids, `surface forces' and wetting of interfaces, to more applied ones such as the development of organic solar-energy cells, stabilisation aspects in food technology, environmental technology and (bio)nanotechnology.

What's Physical Chemistry about?

Graduates from this specialisation are qualified to carry out research in physicochemical sciences at both universities and institutes. They are also eligible for R&D positions in institutes and companies involved in environmental technology, (bio)nanotechnology, agro-food, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Detailed information on the courses you can take in this specialisation is available in the study handbook of Wageningen University.

Thesis Research groups

The groups below offer thesis projects in the Physical Chemistry specialisation.

Examples of thesis topics

Below you can find examples of thesis topics that you could work on with the Physical Chemistry specialisation.

  • Banana-shaped liquid crystals
  • Reversible coordination polymers
  • Study of π-π, cation-π and hydrogen bonding interactions in liquid crystalline materials and weakly bound organic metal complexes
  • Polymeric micelles at interfaces
  • Polymeric janus micelles
  • Self-Organized Nanostructures of Amphiphilic Copolymers
  • Bridging interaction in coatings lattices
  • How strong is a polyelectrolyte complex?
  • In vivo NMR and MRI on intact biological systems
  • Automated and hyphenated analysis using high-resolution NMR
  • Solid-state NMR, PFG-NMR and MRI on food and soil systems

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