Chemical Engineering

Mariël Elshof

Student's experience

Mariël Elshof

Hi, my name is Mariël and I’m studying Chemical Engineering.

I decided to choose the Molecules and Materials Engineering track, because I am very interested in how materials are made, where they consist of and how we can tune their properties regarding the application. This Master's programme gives me the opportunity to understand materials on a molecular basis. With this knowledge we can design and develop new materials or improve existing materials. I think that it makes us able to work on a better, safer and cleaner world, which is very important for me.

Great atmosphere and a beautiful campus

Before my Master’s in Chemical Engineering I followed the Bachelor’s programme Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente. I decided to study at the University of Twente because of the great atmosphere and the beautiful campus. Everyone is really relaxed, nice and open. Also the city appealed to me, it is very cosy, but not as big and busy as some other cities. Besides that, the education itself is very good and future possibilities are endless. On top of that, the student-for-a-day – day showed me that the study association gives you a lot of opportunities, fun and help where needed. It creates a kind of family and I felt immediately welcome.

I especially liked the cohesion between several courses

One of the courses I liked the most was Organic Materials Science. In this course we learned about the enormous variations in physical properties of organic materials as a result of the different existing molecular structures and about how to affect them. Organic materials and their structure-property relations discussed were among others polymers, liquid crystals, dendrimers, hydrogels and carbon allotropes. I especially liked the cohesion between several courses. We used for example the knowledge obtained in this course and other courses to understand our experiments during the lab course Project Organic Materials.

Great opportunity to study abroad

At the moment I am doing my internship at CSIRO Clayton, which is a big research organisation in Australia. I am working on the embedding of metal-organic framework encapsulated enzymes into a gel. Doing my internship in Australia is a great opportunity to study abroad and get to know the work culture in a different country. You are able to explore what a future job could possibly look like. I really like my project because I get the opportunity to work on a subject that I haven't worked on before. This makes it challenging, gives me a lot of new knowledge and I can be part of hopefully breakthrough research

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