Research Interests

​I have a background as polymer chemist, more precisely I focused on the controlled synthesis of nonlinear conjugated polymers during my PhD. But my interest goes further than polymer chemistry. I want to explore and further develop state-of-the-art organic synthesis routes towards conjugated systems. Apart from improving the current established routes towards conjugated systems via classical cross coupling reactions depending on transition metal catalysts I'm keen to develop transition metal free pathways towards these type of materials. 

Selected Publications

  • Synthesis and Energy Transfer in Original poly(3-Alkylthiophene)-g-Poly(fluorene) Toothbrush Copolymers
    J. Steverlynck, J. De Winter, P. Gerbaux, G. Koeckelberghs
    Polymer. 2017, 112, 144151, (2017)
  • Strategies toward Controlling the Topology of Nonlinear Poly(thiophenes)
    J. Steverlynck, F. Monnaie, E. Warniez, R. Lazzaroni, P. Leclère, G. Koeckelberghs
    Macromolecules 2016, 49 (23), 89518959, (2016)
  • Energy Transfer in poly(3-Hexylthiophene)-g-Polyfluorene Graft Copolymers
    J. Steverlynck, A. De Cattelle, J. De Winter, P. Gerbaux, G. Koeckelberghs
    J. Polym. Sci. Part A Polym. Chem. 2016, 54, 12521258, (2016)
  • Influence of the Grafting Density on the Self-Assembly in Poly(phenyleneethynylene)-g-poly(3-Hexylthiophene) Graft ...
    J. Steverlynck, J. De Winter, P. Gerbaux, R. Lazzaroni, P. Leclère, G. Koeckelberghs
    acromolecules 2015, 48 (24), 87898796, (2015)
  • Influence of Branching on the Chiral Self-Assembly of Poly(phenylene Ethynylene)
    J. Steverlynck, P. Leysen, G. Koeckelberghs
    . Polym. Sci. Part A Polym. Chem. 2015, 53 (1), 7984, (2015)
  • Spectroscopic Studies of the Mechanism of Reversible Photodegradation of 1-Substituted Aminoanthraquinone-Doped Pol...
    S.-T Hung, A. Bhuyan, K. Schademan, J. Steverlynck, M. D. McCluskey, G. Koeckelberghs, K. ...
    J. Chem. Phys. 2016, 144 (11), 114902 , (2016)
  • Regioregularity Increases Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Response of Polythiophenes in Solution
    S. Deckers, J. Steverlynck, P. Willot, S. Vandendriessche, G. Koeckelberghs, I. Asselbergh...
    J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119 (32), 1851318517, (2015)
  • All-Conjugated ABC- Block -Copolymer Formation with a Varying Sequence via an Unassociated Catalyst
    M. Verswyvel, J. Steverlynck, S. Hadj Mohamed, M. Trabelsi, B. Champagne, G. Koeckelberghs
    Macromolecules 2014, 47 (14), 46684675 , (2014)
  • Poly(3-Alkylthiophene) with Tuneable Regioregularity: Synthesis and Self-Assembling Properties
    P. Willot, J. Steverlynck, D. Moerman, P. Leclère, R. Lazzaroni, G oeckelberghs
    Polym. Chem. 2013, 4 (9), 2662, (2013)
  • Faraday Rotation in Discotic Liquid Crystals by Long-Range Electron Movement
    R. Vleugels, J. Steverlynck, W. Brullot, G. Koeckelberghs, T. Verbiest
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 2019, 123, 149382-9387, (2019)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2017 

Professional Profile

  • 2017-2018: Postdoctoral fellow, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium 


  • ​Belgian Polymer Group, best thesis award, 2013 

KAUST Affiliations

KAUST Catalysis Center(KCC)

Division of Physical Science and Engineering(PSE)