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Dr. Joke Vandenbergh

Office: G1.34

+32 (11) 26 8364

Brief Curriculum Vitae

Since 10/2011 Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Area: Controlled living/radical polymerizations, block-copolymer synthesis, polymer ligation reactions, click-chemistry, prof. dr. T. Junkers, Polymer Reaction Design Group, Hasselt University, Hasselt (Belgium).

09/2006 -

PhD in Chemistry, "Study of the Polymerization Behavior of p-Quinodimethane Systems: Structure-Engineering of PPV derivatives towards Specific Physical Properties", prof. dr. D. Vanderzande, Organic and (Bio)Polymeric Chemistry, Hasselt University, Hasselt (Belgium).
09/2004 -

Master in Chemical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven (The Netherlands).
  • Master Dissertation: "Hydrophilic OPV3 diaminotraizines", prof. dr. E. W. Meijer, Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Chemistry, Eindhoven (The Netherlands).
09/2003 - 

 Bachelor in Chemical Engineering (Cum Laude), Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven  (The Netherlands).
09/2001 - 08/2003

 Bachelor in Chemistry (Cum Laude), Hasselt University, Hasselt (Belgium).

 Secondary School (ASO, Science-Math 8h), Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Humaniora, Tongeren (Belgium).


(39) Improved Mechanistic Insights into Radical Sulfinyl Precursor MDMO-PPV Synthesis by Combining Microflow Technology and Computer Simulations
  N. Zaquen, P. H.M. Van Steenberge, D. R. D’hooge, M.-F. Reyniers, G. B. Marin, J. Vandenbergh, L. Lutsen, D. J. M. Vanderzande, T. Junkers, Macromolecules 2015, 48, 894-8306.

(38) Improved Livingness and Control over Branching in RAFT Polymerization of Acrylates: Could Microflow Synthesis Make the Difference?
  P. Derboven, P. H. M. Van Steenberge, J. Vandenbergh, M.-F. Reyniers, T. Junkers, D. R. D’hooge, G. B. Marin, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2015, 36, 2149-2155(see Journal Cover Page)

(37) Synthesis of Degradable Multi-Segmented Polymers via Michael-Addition Thiol-Ene Step-Growth Polymerization
  J. Vandenbergh, G. Ramakers, L. Van Lokeren, G. Van Assche, T. Junkers, RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 81920 - 81932.

(36) Combustion deposition of MoO3 films: from fundamentals to OPV applications
  W. Marchal, C. De Dobbelaere, J. Kesters, G. Bonneux, J. Vandenbergh, H. Damm, T. Junkers, W. Maes, J. D'Haen, M. Van Bael, A. Hardy, RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 91349 - 91362.

(35) Synthesisof Sequence-Defined Acrylate Oligomers via Photoinduced Copper-Mediated Radical Single Unit Monomer Insertions
  J. Vandenbergh, G. Reekmans, P. Adriaensens, T. Junkers, Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 5753-5761.

(34) Efficiency Assessment on Single Unit Monomer Insertion Reactions for Monomer Sequence Control: Kinetic Simulations and Experimental Observations
  J. J. Haven, J. Vandenbergh, R. Kurita, J. Gruber, T. Junkers, Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 5752-5765.

(33) Facile Synthesis of Well-Defined MDMO-PPV Containing (Tri)Block - Copolymers via Controlled Radical Polymerization and CuAAC Conjugation
  N. Zaquen, J. Vandenbergh, M. Schneider-Baumann, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, T. Junkers, Polymers 2015, 7, 418-452.

(32) Continuous Synthesis and Thermal Elimination of Sulfinyl Precursor MDMO-PPV in Consecutive Flow Reactions
  N. Zaquen, E. Baeten, J. Vandenbergh, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, T. Junkers, Chem. Eng. Technol. 2015, DOI: 10.1002/ceat.201400754.

(31) Watching Polymers Grow: Real Time Monitoring of Polymerizations via an On-line ESI-MS/Microreactor Coupling
  J. J. Haven, J. Vandenbergh, T. Junkers, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 4611-4614.

(30) Alpha and Omega: Importance of the Nonliving Chain End in RAFT Multiblock Copolymerization
  J. Vandenbergh, T. Junkers, Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 5051-5059.

(29) Cross-linked degradable poly(ß-thioester) networks via amine-catalyzed thiol-ene click polymerization
  J. Vandenbergh, M. Peeters, T. Kretschmer, P. Wagner, T. Junkers, Polymer 2014, 55, 3525–3532.

(28) Synthesis of PPV-b-PEG block copolymers via CuAAC conjugation 
I. Cosemans, J. Vandenbergh, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, T. Junkers, Eur. Polym. J. 2014, 52, 1263-1274.

(27) Polymer end group modifications and polymer conjugations via click chemistry employing microreactor technology
J. Vandenbergh, T. Tura, E. Baeten, T. Junkers, J. Polym. Sci. Polym. Chem. 2014, 52, 1263-1274.

(26) Nitrone-mediated radical coupling of polymers derived from reverse-iodine transfer polymerization
K. Ranieri, J. Vandenbergh, C. Barner-Kowollik, T. Junkers, Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2014DOI: 10.1002/macp.201300740.

(25) Facile design of biodegradable poly(beta-thioester)s with tunable structure and functionality
N. Zaquen, B, Wenn, K. Ranieri, J. Vandenbergh, T. Junkers, J. Polym. Sci. Polym. Chem. 2014, 52, 178-187.   (see Journal Cover Page)

(24) Synthesis of Sequence-Controlled Acrylate Oligomers via Consecutive RAFT Single Monomer Insertions
J. Vandenbergh, G. Reekmans, P. Adriaensens, T. Junkers, Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 10358-10360.

(23) Synthesis of MDMO-PPV nanoparticles via in-situ sulfinyl precursor route polymerization in miniemulsion
A. Ethirajan, L. D'Olieslaeger, J. Vandenbergh, L. Lutsen, M. D'Olieslaeger, D. Vanderzande, T. Junkers,           Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2013, 214, 1859-1864.

(22) Synthesis of well-defined PPV containing block copolymers with precise endgroup control from a dual-initiator       strategy
I. Cosemans, J. Vandenbergh, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, T. Junkers, Polym. Chem. 2013, 4, 3471-3479.

(21) Comparative kinetic Monte Carlo study of the sulfinyl and dithiocarbamate precursor route toward highly regioregular MDMO-PPV
P. H. M. Van Steenberge,  D. R. D’hooge, J. Vandenbergh, M-F. Reyniers, P.J. Adriaensens, D. Vanderzande, G. B. Marin, Macromol. Theory Simul., 2013, 22, 246−255.

(20) Synthesis of Macromonomers from High-Temperature Activation of NMP-made Polyacrylates
J. Vandenbergh, T. Junkers, Macromolecules 2013, 46, 3324-3331.

(19) Precision Synthesis of Acrylate Multiblock Copolymers from Consecutive Microreactor RAFT Polymerizations
J. Vandenbergh, T. M. Ogawa, T. Junkers, J. Polym. Sci. Polym. Chem. 2013, 51, 2366-2374. 

(18) Anionic PPV Polymerization from the Sulfinyl Precursor Route: Block Copolymer Formation from Sequential         Addition of Monomers
I. Cosemans, J. Vandenbergh, V. Voet, K. Loos, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, T. Junkers, Polymer 2013, 54, 1298-1304.

(17) Synthesis of (Bio)-Degradable Poly(ß-thioester)s via Amine Catalyzed Thiol-Ene Click Polymerization
J. Vandenbergh, K. Ranieri, T. Junkers, Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2012, 213, 2611-2617.

(16) Macromonomers from AGET Activation of Poly(n-Butyl Acrylate) Precursors: Radical Transfer Pathways and         Midchain Radical Migration
J. Vandenbergh, T. Junkers, Macromolecules 2012, 45, 6850-6856.

(15) Use of a Continuous-Flow Microreactor for Thiol-Ene Functionalization of RAFT-Derived Poly(Butyl Acrylate)
J. Vandenbergh, T. Junkers, Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 2739-2742.

(14) Synthesis of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) materials via the precursor routes
T. Junkers, J. Vandenbergh, L. Lutsen, P. Adriaensens, D. Vanderzande, Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 275-285.

(13) Controlled Synthesis of MDMO-PPV and Block Copolymers Made Thereof
J. Vandenbergh, I. Cosemans, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, T. Junkers, Polym. Chem. 2012, 3, 1722-1725.

(12) Optical detection of deep electron traps in poly(p-phenylene vinylene) light-emitting diodes
M. Kuik, J. Vandenbergh, L. Goris, E. S. Begemann, L. Lutsen, D. J. M. Vanderzande, J. V. Manca, P. W. M. Blom, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2011, 99, 183305.

(11) Kinetic Monte Carlo modeling of the sulfinyl precursor route for poly(para-phenylene vinylene) synthesis
P. H. M. Van Steenberge, J. Vandenbergh, D. R. D’hooge, M-F. Reyniers, P. J. Adriaensens, L. Lutsen,  D. J. M. Vanderzande, G. B. Marin, Macromolecules 2011, 44, 8716−8726.

(10) Thermal stability of poly[(2-methoxy-5-(2’-phenylethoxy))-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MPE-PPV): PCBM bulk heterojunction solar cells
J. Vandenbergh, B. Conings, S. Bertho, J. Kesters, D. Spoltore, F. Piersimoni, S. Esiner, J. D’ Haen, J. Zhao, G. Van Assche, M. M. Wienk, W. Maes, T. J. Cleij, L. Lutsen, B. Van Mele, R. A. J. Janssen, J. Manca, D. J. M. Vanderzande, Macromolecules 2011, 44, 8470−8478.

(9) Opto-electrical and morphological characterization of water soluble conjugated polymers for eco-friendly hybrid solar cells
T. V. V. Gopala Krishna, J-C. Bolsée, A. Gadisa, M. Parchine, T. Boonen, J. D’Haen, A.E. Boyukbayram,
J. Vandenbergh, T. J. Cleij, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, J. V. Manca, Sol. Energy. Mater. Sol. Cells. 2011, 95, 3262−3268.

(8) Phase behavior of PCBM blends with different conjugated polymers
J. Zhao, S. Bertho, J. Vandenbergh, G. Van Assche, J. Manca, D. Vanderzande, T. Cleij, L. Lutsen, B. Van Mele, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2011, 13, 12285−12292.

(7) Synthesis and characterization of water soluble poly(p-phenylene vinylene) derivatives via the dithiocarbamate precursor route
J. Vandenbergh, J. Dergent, B. Conings, T. V. V. Gopala Krishna, W. Maes, T. J. Cleij, L. Lutsen, J. Manca, D. J. M. Vanderzande, Eur. Polym. J. 2011, 47, 1827−1835.

(6) Tetra-alkoxy substituted PPV derivatives: A new class of highly soluble liquid crystalline conjugated polymers
J. Vandenbergh, I. Van Severen, L. Lutsen, P. Adriaensens, H. J. Bolink, T. J. Cleij, D. Vanderzande, Polym. Chem. 2011, 2, 1279−1286.

(5) An efficient acid induced conversion of dithiocarbamate precursor polymers into conjugated materials
H. Diliën, J. Vandenbergh, F.Banishoeb, T. J. Cleij, L. Lutsen, D. J. M. Vanderzande, Macromolecules 2011, 44, 711−718.

(4) Kinetic and mechanistic study on the p-quinodimethane formation in the sulfinyl precursor route for the polymerization of poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV)
L. Hermosilla, S. Catak, V. Van Speybroeck, M. Waroquir, J. Vandenbergh, F. Motmans, P. Adriaensens, L. Lutsen, T. Cleij, D. Vanderzande, Macromolecules 2010, 43, 7424–7433.

(3) Hysteresis-free electron currents in poly(p-phenylene vinylene) derivatives
N.I. Craciun, Y. Zhang, A. Palmaerts, H. T. Nicolai, M. Kuik, R. Kist, G. A. H. Wetzelaer, J. Wildeman, J. Vandenbergh, L. Lutsen, D. Vanderzande, P. W. M. Blom, J. Appl. Phys. 2010, 107, 124504, 1–5.

(2) Exploring the Dithiocarbamate Precursor Route: Observation of a Base Induced Regioregularity Excess in Poly[(2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy))-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MDMO-PPV)
J. Vandenbergh, J. Wouters, P. J. Adriaensens, R. Mens, T. J. Cleij, L. Lutsen, D. J. M. Vanderzande, Macromolecules 2009, 42, 3661–3668.

(1) ssDNA templated self-assembly of chromophores
P. G. A. Janssen, J. Vandenbergh, J. L. J. van Dongen, E. W. Meijer, A. P. H. J. Schenning, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 6078–6079.

Abstract and Conference Presentations


(3) European Polymer Federation 2013, June 11-16, 2013, Pisa (Italy)
"Macromonomer formation from activation of ATRP or NMP precursors: radical transfer and migration pathways"

(2) Belgian German Macromolecular Meeting 2012, December 3-4, 2012, Houffalize (Belgium)
"Continuous-flow microreactor technology for the synthesis of functional polymers"

(1) Annual Meeting of the Belgian Polymer Group 2010, May 25-26, 2010, Blankenberge (Belgium)
"Exploring the dithiocarbamate precursor route: observation of a base induced regioregularity in PPV"


(10) "Alpha et omega: the importance of the non-living chain end in RAFT multiblock copolymerization"
Annual Meeting of the Belgian Polymer Group 2014, May 19-20, 2014, Gent (Belgium)
(9) "Polymer end group modification and polymer-polymer conjugations via click-chemistry"
Flow Chemistry Europe 2014, February 18-19, 2014, Barcelona (Spain)

(8) "Microreactor technology for improved control over polymer reactions and development of well-defined materials in continuous flow"
Annual Scientific Meeting IAP P7/05 FS2 2013, September 18, 2013, Ghent (Belgium)

(7) "Macromonomer formation from thermal reactivation of ATRP or NMP precursors: radical transfer and midchain radical migration"
Annual Meeting of the Belgian Polymer Group 2013, May 16-17, 2013, Houffalize (Belgium)

(6) "Use of a continuous-flow microreactor for the efficient synthesis of functionalized polymers via aminolysis/thiolene reactions onto RAFT-polymers"
Annual Meeting of the Belgian Polymer Group 2012, May 10-11, 2012, Blankenberge (Belgium)

(5) "Controlled synthesis of MDMO-PPV and block-copolymers made thereof"
P2M - Precision Polymer Materials 2011, December 11-14, 2011, Obernai (France)

(4) "Mechanistic study on the p-quinodimethane formation in the synthesis of PPV through the sulfinyl and dithiocarbamate precursor routes"
MACRO 2010 World Polymer Congres, July 11-16, 2010, Glasgow (UK)

(3) "Tetra-alkoxy substituted PPV derivatives: a new class of highly soluble liquid-crystalline conjugated polymers"
Frontiers of Chemistry Symposium 2010, May 21, 2010, Paris (France)

(2) "Construction of phase diagrams of polymer/PCBM blends by means of DSC and MTDSC and the implication for the stability of morphology"
E-MRS Spring Meeting 2009, June 8-12, 2009, Strasbourg (France) 

(1)  "Synthesis and study of 3,4-diphenyl substituted PPV derivatives: Exploring the dithiocarbamate precursor route"
Annual Meeting of the Belgian Polymer Group 2008, May 22-23, 2008, De Haan (Belgium)