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Polymerization in continuous flow reactors
Autonomous polymerization via machine learning
Sequence-controlled radical polymerization
Peptidomimetic oligo(meth)acrylate synthesis and application


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Tanja Junkers graduated with a PhD degree in physical chemistry from Goettigen University in Germany in 2006, having worked on the determination of kinetic rate coefficients for radical reactions during polymerizations. In the two years that followed, she was research associate at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, shifting her focus more and more towards synthetic polymer chemistry. Between 2008 and beginning of 2010 she was a senior research scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany in the group of Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik. Early 2010 she was then appointed professor at Hasselt University in Belgium, where she founded the Polymer Reaction Design group. January 2018 she joined Monash University as full professor, focusing on her work on continuous flow polymerizations, (nano)particle formation and design of complex precision polymers. For the time being, she keeps a guest professor role at Hasselt University until her last PhD students there will have graduated.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Physical Chemistry, PhD, Georg August Universitat Gottingen (Georg August University of Gottingen)

Award Date: 26 May 2006

Chemistry, Diplom (eq. Master in Science), Georg August Universitat Gottingen (Georg August University of Gottingen)

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

External positions

Associate Editor Polymer Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry

1 May 2018 → …

Guest professor, Universiteit Hasselt (Hasselt University)

15 Jan 2018 → …

Research area keywords

  • Controlled/living Radical Polymerizations
  • Flow Chemistry
  • Self-assembly
  • peptidomimetics
  • Machine Learning
  • Polymer Characterization
  • kinetic modelling

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