After receiving his BS in chemistry/chemical engineering at the Hoogeschool Eindhoven in The Netherlands, Johan moved to San Diego State University to work on liquid crystal polymers synthesis and subsequent surface modification of stationary phases for chromatography. After receiving his MSc he started his PhD at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Prof. Edward Samulski to study conformational and orientational changes during phase transitions of liquid crystal polymers and lyotropic liquid crystalline solutions using NMR. Following his PhD degree Johan worked as a product development manager at P&Gâ€™s European Technical Center in Brussels. Next, he worked as a research manager at National Starch and Chemical Company/ICI on many projects involving structure-property relationships using polymer and colloid science in products ranging from personal care to building materials. Johan joined International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) in 2002 where he is responsible for the engineering and development of new delivery systems for fragrances.