Winter 2022, Radboud University

Dr. Kevin Neumann (Principal Investigator)

In 2018, Kevin obtained his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, under the supervision of Professor Mark Bradley. In his PhD, Kevin was working on tetrazine-mediated drug activation chemistry and on glycopolymers for high-affinity lectin-binding. After his PhD studies, Kevin worked as a postdoctoral fellow on a project that investigated radiotherapy-mediated prodrug activation in collaboration with clinicians of the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. In 2018, Kevin joined the group of Jeffrey Bode as postdoctoral fellow at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Here, he worked on the total chemical synthesis of proteins. In 2021, Kevin started as an assistant professor in the Systems Chemistry Department at the IMM, Radboud University in Nijmegen. His research focuses on innovative new principles for drug activation/delivery and the synthesis of biomacromolecules.

Courses (2022/2023):

  • Polymer Chemistry 1 (MSc Chemistry)
  • Polymer Chemistry 2 (MSc Chemistry)
  • Chemical Biology (MSc Chemistry)
  • Science in Society Panorama (BSc Chemistry)
  • Essentials of Organic Chemistry (BSc Biology)


  • Early Career Advisory Board Member of Tetrahedron Letters and Tetrahedron (2022 – present)

Lab Members

Katerina Gavriel (PhD candidate)

Katerina obtained her master’s degree in molecular Life Sciences (Specialization Chemistry of Life) in 2021 at Radboud University. During her education, she gained knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry while working on new synthesis routes for double-functionalized trans-cyclooctenes for biorthogonal reactions in the Chemical Biology group of the IMM in 2019. For her master thesis, Katerina joined the group of dr. Paul Kouwer, working on the formation of hyaluronic acid immunobrushes and investigating their potential in T-cell activation. In October 2021, she joined Kevin’s group as a PhD candidate focusing on new approaches for drug delivery and activation.

Dulce Sanchez Cerrillo (PhD candidate)

Dulce obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Her bachelor thesis focused on the synthesis of quaternized PDMAEMA with alkyl halides with antifungal properties. She completed her Master studies in Chemistry of Materials at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, where she worked in different projects including the evaluation and optimization of PET depolymerization using different polymeric catalyst. In her Master thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Guerrero Sánchez, she focused on the synthesis of polymeric drug delivery containers with removable targeting ligand for lung infection disease. In October 2022, Dulce joined the Neumann group as a PhD candidate to work in the field of polymer chemistry for applications in nanomedicine. 

Qi Wang (PhD candidate)

Qi obtained her bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology in 2019 at Shandong University of Technology, China. Her bachelor thesis focused the construction and electrocatalytic properties of carbons-supported metals (Ru, Ir). She completed her master studies in Light Industry Technology and Engineering in 2022 at East China University of Science and Technology, where she focused on the study of Lewis-Acid-Catalyzed organic synthesis methodology. In October 2022, Qi joined the Neumann group as a PhD candidate focusing on the development of new nano-reactors for enabling a variety of chemical transformations under otherwise inapplicable conditions. 

Dustin van Doeselaar (Master Student)

My name is Dustin, born in the year 1993 and I have found my passion in chemistry. That rhymes. The year 2023 will mark the year where I finally finalize my education, which is a whopping 30 years after birth. I have had many interests, from architecture to archaeology, from medicine to chemistry. The latter stuck with me, which is why I chose Medicinal Chemistry as my major. Internships in polymer chemistry sparked my interest, resulting in shortly working in this field. The polymer coating field however did not complete fit my desires; therefore I decided to do a master and broaden my horizons. With the past internship in peptide chemistry and the current internship about click chemistry, I feel more at rest, more at where I am supposed to be. A 75-25 to 50-50 chemistry-biology ratio would be my type of field.. 

Lotje van de Ven (Master Student)

Lotje obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2021 at Radboud University of Nijmegen. In her bachelor internship at the Synthetic Organic Chemistry department she worked on an ADAMTS13 assay involving the Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer method. In 2022, Lotje started her master in Molecular Chemistry and joined the Neumann group for her internship to work on new polymeric drug delivery tools. 

Dimitrios Karagrigoriou (Master Student)

Dimitrios obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2021 at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In his Bachelor internship, he worked on the synthesis of C-glycosidic analogues for the treatment of diabetes type two. Dimitrios started his Master studies in Molecular Chemistry in 2021 and joined the group of dr. Peter Korevaar at the Physical Organic Chemistry department, where he designed a chemical system which exhibits collective behavior similar to the quorum sensing behavior of bacteria. In November 2022, he joined the Neumann group where he works on the synthesis of unexplored poly(ylides) for biomedical applications.

Daniëlle Geers (Master Student)

Daniëlle obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Life Sciences in 2022 at Radboud University. For her Bachelor internship, she was part of the Synthetic Organic Chemistry department in the group of dr. Thomas Boltje, where she studied a potential lactase inhibitor involving an epoxide warhead. In November 2022, Daniëlle joined the Neumann group, where she will be working on a novel approaches to cyclise therapeutical relevant peptides.

Tjerk van de Poel (Master Student)

In his bachelor internship, which also took place at the Systems Chemistry department, Tjerk’s research was focused on the design and synthesis of polymersomes displaying enhanced stability. In November 2022, he started his Master internship in Kevins group. Tjerk is developing a novel reversibly cross-linkable polymer networks.

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