Kim Van Berkel
Kim completed his undergraduate training at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) in 1999, graduating with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Chemistry. His undergraduate research studied the chain length dependence of termination in free radical polymerization. Kim then pursued his Ph.D. studies at both the University of Canterbury with Assoc. Prof. Greg Russell, and the Key Centre for Polymer Colloids of the University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia) with Prof. Bob Gilbert as co-supervisor. His thesis work investigated the kinetics and mechanisms of emulsion polymerization, focusing on the processes by which radicals are generated (by entry) and lost (by exit and termination) inside latex particles. In February of 2006, Kim began working with Prof. Craig Hawker as a post-doctoral researcher.
Kims current research interests include the synthesis and functionalization of composite polymer-inorganic nanoparticles for a variety of applications. A range of synthetic methodologies for preparing such nanoparticles are under currently under investigation, including emulsion polymerization and grafting polymer to and from particle surfaces.