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Paul Steeman

Materials Sciences, Analytical Sciences

Corporate Science Fellow, Physical Properties of Polymers / Senior Science Fellow, Materials Properties  
Paul Steeman

I am currently working on...

Developing our materials sciences competences in terms of materials processing, properties, polymer physics and characterization. I am now applying these competences to various projects in order to develop new high-performance engineering plastics, fibers and coatings - like the low-temperature curable powder coating that we recently introduced for coating heat-sensitive substrates.

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 benefit society. 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, with unique new functionalities. 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
  • Invited lecturer at the Coating Technology course by Polymer Technology Group
  • Member of the industrial user committees for projects of the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW), the Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) and EU projects
  • Complex Fluids Design Consortium, University of Santa Barbara

Based in:

Geleen, the Netherlands