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Johannes Carolus (John) Jansen


jc.jansen@itm.cnr.it  -  johannescarolus.jansen@cnr.it

Tel: +39 0984 49 2031

Institute on Membrane Technology (CNR-ITM) 
c/o University of Calabria 
Via P. Bucci cubo 17/C 
87030 Rende CS


Biographical Sketch
John Jansen is an expert in polymer science with a Master degree (cum Laude) and a PhD in Polymer Technology at the Faculty of Chemical Technology and Materials Science of the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. He has long-term international experience in both public and private academic and industrial research labs. After his PhD in 1996 he was a visiting researcher at DSM Resins, Zwolle (NL) in 1997, a Research Scientist at the Agrotechnological Research Institute, ATO-DLO in Wageningen (NL) in 1998-1999, a Visiting Researcher at the CNR Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, former ICM-CNR, in Milan (IT) in 2000-2001, and presently as a researcher in the Institute on Membrane Technology from December 2001.
He is or has been responsible for various national and international research project, the most prestigious one the European Project in 7th Framework Programme “DoubleNanoMem – Nanocomposite and nanostructured polymeric membranes for gas and vapour separation” of which he was the coordinator and scientific responsible. Within the CNR organization he is responsible for two research lines on membranes for gas and vapour separations and on membranes for the purification of hydrogen.
His scientific production consists of more than 50 research papers in peer reviewed journals, four book chapters, a book, two patents and approximately 25 oral presentations at national and international conferences and workshops, four of which as invited lectures
Research Interests
In his present position, John Jansen has a broad but specific interest in polymer science and materials science in relation to membrane preparation, membrane characterization and membrane use. Because of previous experience this further extends to polymer chemistry and polymer physics in general.
Current research topics
  • Membrane preparation by phase inversion techniques.
  • Dense polymeric membranes.
  • Mixed matrix membranes and Ionic liquid membranes.
  • Gas and vapour separation.
  • Organic solvent nanofiltration.
  • Membrane characterization (morphology, thermal properties, mechanical properties, free volume, physical aging).
  • Basic transport phenomena in polymeric and hybrid membranes.
  • High free volume polymers: glassy perfluoropolymers and polymers of intrinsic microporosity.
Responsibility for research projects
2012-2013 : Scientific responsible of Confidential strategic industrial project  “Further development of selective barrier films”. Funding Board: Private Swiss industry
2011-2014 : Scientific responsible for ITM of the National Project PON01_01840 (prot. n.466/Ric del 30.07.2012) “Microperla – Programme for Renewable Energies and Micro-Cogeneration for Agro-Industry”. Funding Board: Ministry of education and research
2011: Scientific responsible of Confidential strategic industrial project  “Development of selective barrier films”. Funding Board: Private Swiss industry
2010-2012 : Coordinator and Scientific responsible of Bilateral project CNR-AVCR (Czech Republic) “Novel composite membranes containing selected ionic liquids and polymers for gas and vapour separations). Funding Board: CNR & AVCR (Czech Academy of Science)
2009-2012 : Coordinator and Scientific Responsible of FP7 project DoubleNanoMem - Nanocomposite and Nanostructured Polymeric Membranes for Gas and Vapour Separations. Funding Board: European Commission. Web: www.itm.cnr.it/doublenanomem.
Selected Publications
Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity
M. Carta, R. Malpass-Evans, M. Croad, Y. Rogan, J.C. Jansen, P. Bernardo, F. Bazzarelli, N.B. McKeown, An Efficient Polymer Molecular Sieve for Membrane Gas Separations, Science, 339 (2013) 303-307. DOI: 10.1126/science.1228032
A.F. Bushell, P.M. Budd, M.P. Attfield, J.T.A. Jones, T. Hasell, A.I. Cooper, P. Bernardo, F. Bazzarelli, G. Clarizia, J.C. Jansen, Nanoporous organic polymer/cage composite membranes, Angew. Chem., Int. Edition,  Published Online. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201206339
C.G. Bezzu, M. Carta, A. Tonkins, J.C. Jansen, P. Bernardo, F. Bazzarelli, N.B. McKeown, A spirobifluorene-based polymer of intrinsic microporosity with improved performance as a molecular sieve for gas separations, Adv. Mater. 2012, 24, 5930-5933. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201202393
Ionic liquid membranes
J.C. Jansen, K. Friess, G. Clarizia, J. Schauer, P. Izák, High ionic liquid content polymeric gel membranes: preparation and performance, Macromolecules.  2011, 44, 39-45. DOI: 10.1021/ma102438k
K. Friess, J.C. Jansen, F. Bazzarelli, P. Izák, V. Jarmarová, M. Kačírková, J. Schauer, G. Clarizia, P. Bernardo, High ionic liquid content polymeric gel membranes: correlation of membrane structure with gas and vapour transport properties, J. Membr. Sci., 415-416 (2012) 801-809. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2012.05.072.
P. Bernardo, J.C. Jansen, F. Bazzarelli, F. Tasselli, A. Fuoco, K. Friess, P. Izák, V. Jarmarová, M. Kačírková, G. Clarizia, Gas transport properties of PEBAX®/Room Temperature Ionic Liquid gel membranes, Sep. Purif. Technol., 97 (2012) 73-82. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2012.02.041
Organic Solvent Nanofiltration membranes
S. Darvishmanesh, F. Tasselli, J.C. Jansen, E. Tocci, F. Bazzarelli, P. Bernardo. P. Luis, J. Degrève, E. Drioli, B. van der Bruggen, Preparation of solvent stable polyphenylsulfone hollow fiber nanofiltration membranes, J. Membr. Sci., 384 (2011) 89–96. Doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2011.09.003.
S. Darvishmanesh, J.C. Jansen, F. Tasselli, E. Tocci, P. Luis, J. Degrève, E. Drioli, B. van der Bruggen, Novel polyphenylsulfone membrane for potential use in solvent nanofiltration, J. Membr. Sci, 397 (2011) 60-68. Doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2011.05.045.
M.G. Buonomenna G. Golemme, J.C. Jansen, S.-H. Choi, Asymmetric PEEKWC membranes for treatment of organic solvent solutions, J. Membr. Sci., 368 (2011) 144-149. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2010.11.036
Free volume and gas and vapour transport
J.C. Jansen, K. Friess, E. Drioli, Organic vapour transport in glassy perfluoropolymer membranes. A simple semi-quantitative approach to analyze clustering phenomena by time lag measurements, J. Membr. Sci., 367 (2011) 141-151. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2010.10.063.
J.C. Jansen, M. Macchione, E. Tocci, L. De Lorenzo, Yu.P. Yampolskii, O. Sanfirova, V.P. Shantarovich,  M. Heuchel, D. Hofmann, E. Drioli, Comparative study of different probing techniques for the analysis of the free volume distribution in amorphous glassy perfluoropolymers, Macromolecules 42 (2009) 7589-7604. DOI: 10.1021/ma901244d
K. Friess, J.C. Jansen, O. Vopicka, A. Randová, V. Hynek, M. Sípek, L. Bartovská, P. Izák, M. Dingemans, J. Dewulf, H. Van Langenhove, E. Drioli, Comparative study of sorption and permeation techniques for the determination of heptane and toluene transport in polyethylene membranes, J. Membr. Sci., 338 (2009) 161-174. DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2009.04.030
J.C. Jansen*, M. Macchione, E. Drioli, On the unusual solvent retention and the effect on the gas transport in perfluorinated Hyflon AD® membranes, J. Membr. Sci. 287 (2007) 132-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2006.10.031.
Membrane formation and characterization
S.-H. Choi, F. Tasselli, J.C. Jansen, G. Barbieri, E. Drioli, Effect of the preparation conditions on the formation of asymmetric poly(vinylidene fluoride) hollow fibre membranes with a dense skin. Eur Polym J. 46 (2010) 1713–1725. doi:10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2010.06.001.
E. Fontananova*, J.C. Jansen, A. Cristiano, E. Curcio and E. Drioli, Effect of additives in the casting solution on the formation of PVDF membranes, Desalination, 192 (2006) 190-197. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2005.09.021
J.C. Jansen*, M.G. Buonomenna, A. Figoli, E. Drioli, Asymmetric membranes of modified poly(ether ether ketone) with an ultra-thin skin for gas and vapour separations,  J. Membrane Sci., 272 (2006) 188-197. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2005.07.036.
J.C. Jansen*, M. Macchione and E. Drioli, High flux asymmetric gas separation membranes of modified poly(ether ether ketone) prepared by the dry phase inversion technique, J. Membrane Sci., 255 (2005), 167-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2005.01.032.
Membranes for Fuel Cells
E. Fontananova, F. Trotta, J.C. Jansen, E. Drioli, Preparation and characterization of new non-fluorinated polymeric and composite membranes for PEMFCs, J. Membr. Sci., 348 (2010) 326–336, doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2009.11.020.
L. Paturzo*, A. Basile, A. Iulianelli, J.C. Jansen, I. Gatto, E. Passalacqua, High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell using a Sulfonated Membrane obtained via H2SO4 treatment of PEEK-WC, Catal. Today, 104 (2005) 213-218. DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2005.03.050.
Metallocene based polyolefin synthesis
J.C. Jansen, R. Mendichi, M.C. Sacchi, I. Tritto*, “Kinetic Studies of the Copolymerization of Ethylene and Norbornene by ansa‑Zirconocene/Methylaluminoxane Catalysts: Evidence of a Long Lasting “Quasi Living” Initial Period”, Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2003, 204, 522-530. DOI: 10.1002/macp.200390017.
I. Tritto*, L. Boggioni, J.C. Jansen, K. Thorshaug, M.C. Sacchi, D.R. Ferro, "Ethylene-norbornene copolymers from metallocene-based catalysts: Microstructure at tetrad level and reactivity ratios”, Macromolecules, 35, 2002, 616-623. DOI: 10.1021/ma011365m.
J.C. Jansen, R. Mendichi, P. Locatelli, I. Tritto*, “Evidence of the Quasi-Living Character of the ansa-Zirconocene/MAO-Catalyzed Copolymerization of Ethylene and Norbornene”, Macromol. Rapid Commun. 22, 2001, 1394-1398. DOI: 10.1002/1521-3927(20011101)22:17<1394::AID-MARC1394>3.0.CO;2-B.
Liquid crystal polymers
M. Wübbenhorst, E. van Koten, J. Jansen, W. Mijs and J. van Turnhout, "Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy of amorphous and liquid crystalline side chain polycarbonates", Macromol. Rapid Commun., 18 (1997), 139‑147.
J. Jansen*, P. den Ridder, R. Addink, and W. Mijs, "Synthesis and characterization of novel side-chain liquid crystalline polycarbonates. 2. Polycondensation of mesogenic diols and diphosgene", Macromol. Chem. Phys., 196 (1995), 2517‑2535.
J.C. Jansen*, R. Addink and W.J. Mijs, "Synthesis and characterization of novel side-chain liquid crystalline polycarbonates", Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 261 (1995), 415‑426.
H. Luitjes, D.S. van Es, J.C. Jansen (Instituut voor Agrotechnologisch Onderzoek (Ato‑dlo)), G.H.F. Schmets, F.J.M.L. Peters, E.G.A. Kroon, G.C.M. Heyman, H.W. Huisman (Akcros Chemicals BV), "Stabiliser Compositions comprising a monomeric dihydropyridine derivative and their use", WO 02/06392 (2002). Inventor name erroneously published as Johannes Cornelis Jansen instead of Johannes Carolus Jansen.  Also published as AU7569101 (A)
H. Luitjes, J.C. Jansen (Applicant: Instituut voor Agrotechnologisch Onderzoek, ATO-DLO), "Bicyclooctane Derivatives as Plasticisers", WO. 99/45060 (1999). Also published as US6395810 (B1), PT1058711 (E), JP2002513816 (T), ES2194446 (T3), EP1058711 (A1), EP1058711 (B1), DK1058711 (T3), DE69906708 (T2), CA2322810 (A1), AU2860999 (A), AU751753 (B2), AT236954 (T).


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