Astrid Quaak

CRIG member
Astrid Quaak

PhD student – Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials (PBM) group - UGent
Principal investigator: prof. Sandra Van Vlierberghe (PhD)


Research focus

My research focusses on the development, characterization and light-based processing of biodegradable, photo-crosslinkable and urethane-based polyesters (e.g. poly-(ε)-caprolactone, polylactic
acid, …). Mechanical properties (e.g. ultimate strength) are finetuned based on the needs of the specific application, as well as the cell-adhesiveness.
Several 3D printing techniques are applied, such as digital light processing (DLP), two-photon polymerization (2PP) and volumetric additive manufacturing (VAM) to develop 3D-scaffolds through computer aided design (CAD) – computer aided manufacturing (CAM). 
The focus of this research is mainly based on biomedical applications such as personalized non-load-bearing hard-tissue engineering, which could potentially be interesting for post-cancer-care as well.

Contact & links

  • Lab address: Department of Organic and Macromolecular chemistry, Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Group, Ghent University - Campus Sterre, S4, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Ghent
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