Stephen Picken is professor of polymer materials at TU Delft. He started his career studying experimental and theoretical physics at Groningen University. After obtaining his drs. degree, in 1985, he worked at Akzo (Nobel) corporate research Arnhem while pursuing his PhD from Utrecht University (1990, cum-laude, promotores Prof.dr. H.N.W. Lekkerkerker, Dr.Ir. M.G. Northolt). He is a specialist in physical structure-property relationships in polymeric and liquid crystalline materials, in particular related to mechanical, optical, and functional properties (ultra-high performance fibres, optical displays elements, ionic polymer electrolytes, self-healing polymer nano-composites). His recent focus is on bio-based polymer materials sourced from waste treatment processes: the Kaumera® glycoprotein from industrial and municipal wastewater and the aliphatic biopolyester PHBV obtained from food & agricultural waste, and wastewater treatment processes.
Kandidaats exam Theoretical Physics and Astronomy, February 1981
Drs. (= MSc.) RU Groningen, Solid State & Theoretical Physics (Gemengde Natuurkunde), March 1985, supervised by Prof. dr. W.H. de Jeu, Dr. L.P.G. Dalmolen, Prof.dr. H.G. Berendsen, Prof.dr. W.F. Van Gunsteren.
PhD (Cum Laude): “Orientational Order in Aramid Solutions”, Utrecht, October 1990 promotores: Prof.dr. H.N.W. Lekkerkerker (Utrecht) & Dr.ir. M.G. Northolt (Akzo Nobel).
Liquid Crystal Polymers
- MST – Leiden-Delft: Energie, Recycling & Veiligheid, bachelor 2nd year course, with prof.dr. J.J.C. Geerlings, prof. dr.ir. G.L.L.M.E. Reniers, drs. W.J. Blokzijl.
- Polymer Science – Materials Science Master (at faculty 3ME)
- Conceptual Product Design – scientific coach.
- Lecturer: RPK-B polymer physics, on Liquid Crystalline Polymers. RPK-C polymer properties, on Introduction Polymer Physical Properties.