Hello, I am Michel de Haan and welcome to the ORC PhD blogs.
I come from the Netherlands, grew up in a place near Utrecht called Montfoort. When the choice for studying presented itself, I moved to Groningen to study Chemistry at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
In Groningen my research life had begun. What I loved most was the international atmosphere which returned time and time again. I’ve always loved to converse with foreigners, especially scientists. To exchange views and ideas from people around the globe about… well anything really, is one of the great perks of being a scientist. In fact only a week ago a great friend of mine from Italy visited me for a week. And of course, you end up with some great holiday destinations as an added bonus!
As of now I am a PhD researcher for a project called Beauti-Fully Bio-Based Fibers, which I started in early 2018. This project aims to develop novel sustainable colorants to meet the demands of the textile industry, to be incorporated into synthetic fibers. The project is a collaboration with academic organizations, namely Avans University of applied sciences, Wageningen University, Maastricht University (UM) and Zuyd University of applied sciences. I am working directly for an organization within Avans, called the Center of Expertise Biobased Economy(CoE BBE) located in Breda, the Netherlands one day a week. The other four days of the week I am working in Wageningen University and Research (WUR). UM and Zuyd are both located in Maastricht at the Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs (CHILL). Other than academic partners the project is also collaborating with industrial partners, namely: Contactgroep Textiel, Modint, Bodewes Material Solutions, Ecological Textiles, Innofa, Rinos and Tarkett.
This is my first time as a researcher working on a project which has a direct link with the industry, furthermore the end-goal of this project is to have a prototype dye product for nylon carpets. I really like this connection with the industry, it gives a more direct purpose towards my research.
With that I would like to wrap up my first blog. I hope you liked reading it and look forward to the next one.