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Marloes Peeters


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I graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) with a degree in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. For my PhD, I moved to research institute IMO/IMOMEC in Belgium where I was part of the BIOSensors group of Prof Wagner. After finishing my PhD, I continued as a postdoctoral researcher within the same group to develop a novel thermal detection method for measurements of both small molecules and proteins in complex matrices. Since 2014 I have been in the UK after taking up a PDRA position within the organic chemistry group at Queen Mary University of London, where my project focused on the electrochemical detection of enzyme catalysis. My independent research career commenced at Manchester Metropolitan in 2015, and I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018. In 2019, I moved to Newcastle University, where I was promoted to Professor in 2023. In December 2023, I joined the University of Manchester as a Chair (Professor) in Engineering Biology.

My research group focuses on the development of advanced functional polymer materials to solve complex healthcare problems such as in the field of biosensors, bioelectronics, and drug delivery. I have been granted four patents on developing novel polymer-based sensor platforms and have been actively work with industry to co-design new diagnostic tools. Furthermore, I am a keen science communicator and I am very active in promoting research on polymer science via my role as member of the IUPAC Polymer Division and via videos available on my YouTube channel.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Universiteit Hasselt

1 Jan 20101 Jul 2013

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

Master of Engineering, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

1 Sept 20081 Sept 2009

Award Date: 1 Sept 2009

Bachelor of Engineering, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

1 Sept 20041 Sept 2008

Award Date: 1 Sept 2008

External positions

Member, UK Young Academy

31 Jan 2024 → …

Fellow , The Royal Society of Chemistry

1 Dec 2023 → …

Member of the Polymer Division, IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

1 Jul 2018 → …

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology
  • polymers
  • biosensors
  • QD Chemistry
  • polymers
  • drug delivery

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Cancer
  • Biotechnology
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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