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Paul Steeman

Corporate Science Fellow, Materials Sciences

   
Paul Steeman, DSM Corporate Science Fellow, Materials Sciences

I am currently working on...

Developing our materials sciences competences in the fields of materials processing, properties, and polymer physics. We are applying these competences to various projects in order to develop new high-performance engineering plastics and fibers, innovative and environmentally friendly coatings and materials for biomedical, advanced solar and additive manufacturing applications.

The aspect of my work that excites and inspires me the most is...

Being able to apply state-of-the-art academic insight and knowledge in an industrial context; and then translating that knowledge into value-added applications that can drive sustainable living to the next level. I’m inspired by discovering “how materials work” and, based on this, finding solutions and opportunities to develop new materials.

The breakthrough I would most like to see made in my field is...

The development of polymeric materials that enable the most demanding applications of our customers, with unique new functionalities that contribute to improved health and living, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. In particular, I’d like to see the development of new polymer products with a step-change in lower weight, higher durability, and longer life spans – all of which will help to drive a more sustainable society.

Key areas of expertise

  • Materials science of polymeric materials
  • Materials properties
  • Polymer physics
  • Polymer (micro) rheology
  • (Dynamic) mechanical properties/viscoelasticity
  • Electrical properties/dielectric spectroscopy
  • Experimental methods in polymer physics
  • Materials Characterization
  • M.Sc., Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands)
  • Ph.D., Polymer Physics, Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands)

I represent DSM externally at

  • Dutch Rheological Society (NRV) – Board member
  • Member of industrial networks on polymer rheology
  • Member of the industrial user committees for projects of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), the Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) and EU projects
  • Partnering in the IPRIME Consortium of the University of Minnesota
  • Complex Fluids Design Consortium, University of Santa Barbara

Based in

Geleen, the Netherlands