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Dr. Sytze Buwalda

Researcher in the group 'Biobased Polymers and Composites'

Center for Materials Forming (CEMEF)

MINES ParisTech


Location: Sophia Antipolis




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Current research: 

- Bio-based polymers and hydrogels for biomedical applications

- Bio-based composites (e.g. fiber- and particle-containing hydrogels)

- 3D bioprinting


Areas of expertise:

- Polymer chemistry

- Materials science

- Biomaterials

- Hydrogels

- Controlled drug delivery systems



- Doctorate (2011, Department of Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials, University of Twente, The Netherlands)

- Master of Science (2007, Chemical Engineering, University of Twente, The Netherlands)



Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2015)


Selected publications:

S.J. Buwalda, A. Bethry, R.J. Kok, N.J. Sijbrandi, B. Nottelet, J. Coudane, Reversibly core-crosslinked PEG-P(HPMA) micelles: platinum coordination chemistry for competitive-ligand-regulated drug delivery, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2019, 535, 505-515


S.J. Buwalda, A. Amgoune, D. Bourissou, PEG-PLGA copolymers bearing carboxylated side chains: novel hydrogels with enhanced crosslinking via ionic interactions, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 2016, 54, 1222-1227


S.J. Buwalda, K.W.M. Boere, P.J. Dijkstra, J. Feijen, T. Vermonden, W.E. Hennink, Hydrogels in a historical perspective: from simple networks to smart materials, Journal of Controlled Release 2014, 190, 254-273


A. Petit, M. Sandker, B. Müller, R. Meyboom, P. van Midwoud, E.M. Redout, C.H. van der Lest, S.J. Buwalda, L. de Leede, T. Vermonden, R.J. Kok, H.H. Weinans, W.E. Hennink, Celecoxib-loaded acetyl-capped PCLA-PEG-PCLA thermogels: in vitro and in vivo release behavior and intra-articular biocompatibility, Biomaterials 2014, 35, 7919-7928


S.J. Buwalda, P.J. Dijkstra, L. Calucci, C. Forte, J. Feijen, Influence of amide versus ester linkages on the properties of eight-armed PEG-PLA star block copolymer hydrogels, Biomacromolecules 2010, 11, 224-232