Sytze Buwalda started his academic training with a bachelor in chemical engineering followed by a master in biomedical materials science, both at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He also pursued his PhD in Twente, focusing on biomedical hydrogels based on poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactide) star block copolymers. After his PhD, he took up a postdoc position at the University of Utrecht, where he developed antibody-drug conjugates in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company LinXis BV. He subsequently moved to the University of Toulouse, where he used organo-catalysed polymerizations for the preparation of ionically crosslinked hydrogels for biomedical applications. In 2015 he obtained a Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship with the Institute of Biomolecules Max Mousseron in Montpellier as the host institute, where he worked on controlled drug delivery from crosslinked nanoparticles.
In 2018 Sytze Buwalda was appointed as an assistant research professor (non-tenured) in the ‘Bio-based polymers and composites’ group of the Centre for Materials Forming at MINES ParisTech in Sophia Antipolis (close to Nice, South of France). He currently sets up his own research line, which focuses on bio-based hydrogels and aerogels for biomedical applications such as wound dressings and controlled drug delivery.
Research interests: Polymers, hydrogels, aerogels, nano/microparticles, biomaterials, controlled drug release, wound dressings, materials science.