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Martijn Verwegen is originally from Dordrecht in the Netherlands, but attended high school in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. After this he returned to the Netherlands to study Natural Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Holding various offices in various student organizations and having attended the United Netherlands program for Multilateral Diplomacy as well as doing social research for the National Think Tank he finally set his mind on scientific research when he graduated in November 2009.
His master’s of science research thesis opened up pathways to synthesize nanoparticles of Prussian Blue inside the CCMV capsid and studying the surface assembly and interactions of these particles, as well as work to make them soluble in organic solvents.
Starting his PhD in January 2010 he proceeded to broaden the scope of his work on nanoparticles inside protein cages, and is now working on three distinct project areas; the synthesis of metal organic frameworks inside the CCMV capsid, the interaction of different CCMV-based nanoparticles and structured functional systems based on protein cages.
Final report National Think Tank 2008; “Gezond voor Elkaar”; ISBN 9789078757023, 2008
A. de la Escosura, M. Verwegen, F. D. Sikkema, M. Comellas-Aragonès, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, R. J. M. Nolte and J. J. L. M. Cornelissen; “Viral capsids as templates for the production of monodisperse Prussian-blue nanoparticles”; Chem. Commun., 2008, 1542–1544