Thomas Junkers

°1977, Duitser

Werkte aan:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Duitsland


Nieuwe thuishaven:

Universiteit Hasselt, Institute for Materials Research IMO-IMOMEC

Hij zal onderzoek voeren over “Precise Polymer Design for the Development of New Materials” (Een Precies Design van Polymeren in functie van nieuwe-materialenontwikkeling).

Zijn Odysseus toelagen (Groep II) bedragen  575.000 EUR, verspreid over 5 jaar. Hij zal in Hasselt een team van 2 researchers leiden.


Academische carrière:

o   Senior Research Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), (2008-2010)

o   Research Associate, University ofNew South Wales, Sydney (Australia), (2006-2008)


Drie belangrijke publicaties:

"Spin Capturing with Nitrones: Radical Coupling Reactions with Concurrent Introduction of

Midchoin Functionality" E.H.H. Wang, C. Boyer, M.H. Stenzel, C. Barner . Kowollik, T. Junkers, Chem. Commun. 2010,46,1959-1961.

"A Study into the Stability of 3,6-Dihydro-2H-thiopyran Rings: Key Linkages in the RAFT Hetero

Diels-Alder Click Concept", S. Sinnwell, C.V. Synatschke, T. Junkers, M.H. Stenzel, C. Barner-Kowollik, Macromolecules 2008, 41, 7904-7912.

"PLP-ESR Monitoring of Mid-chain Radicals in n-Butyl Acrylote Polymerization", R.X.E. Willemse, A.M. van Herk, F. Panchenko, T. Junkers, M. Buback, Macromolecules, 2005, 38, 5098-5103.


Uit het jury-rapport:

The scientific background, track record and quality of publications of Thomas Junkers is outstanding for the field of polymer chemistry. He has been publishing in the last years an important number of articles in the best quality journals of the field. During his career he has been participating in an important number of international research collaborations and has published together with European groups in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as Americans and Australian teams.

His proposal ‘Precise polymer design for the development of new materials’ is considered a highly innovative one, original and of groundbreaking nature. The proposed topic will tackle interesting and actual topics in polymer synthesis research which may lead to the development of materials of industrial and technological applications in the field of polymer electronics.

The proposal is high risk but with a high potential for success based on the candidate’s profile and the host institute. It is considered of great added value and feasible. The methodology and focusing are very appropriate.