Van 't Hoff Medal 2022 for Bert Meijer

May 24, 2022

University Professor Bert Meijer received the Van 't Hoff Medal from the Society for the Advancement of Natural Science, Medicine and Surgery on May 21, 2022.

Bert Meijer (left) and Ton van Leeuwen

University Professor Bert Meijer received the Van 't Hoff Medal from the Society for the Advancement of Natural Science, Medicine and Surgery in Amsterdam on May 21, 2022. The medal is awarded once every ten years for outstanding and groundbreaking work in the field of chemistry, excluding biochemistry. Due to corona, the presentation took place a year later than planned during the general annual meeting. The Van 't Hoff Medal is named after the Dutch chemist J.H. van 't Hoff who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1901.

The medal was established in 2011 and is awarded once every ten years, therefore it has only been awarded once before, in 2011 to Ben Feringa, who won the Nobel Prize in 2016. Incidentally, Bert Meijer and Ben Feringa have been friends since their PhD days together, which makes this award even more pleasing for both friends. The premise for awarding the medal is that the recipient's work must be excellent and groundbreaking. In addition, an important criterion is that the scientist must have earned his or her spurs in the field of stereochemistry and/or asymmetric synthesis and/or physical chemistry - in other words, he or she must have followed in Van 't Hoff's footsteps. Last year, the Society decided to award this medal to TU/e's University Professor Bert Meijer.

Bert Meijer. Photo: Elodie Burrillon

Bert Meijer says, "As a great admirer of our first Nobel Prize winner in chemistry and his pioneering role in science, I am very honored to receive the Van 't Hoff Medal named after him. I see it as a wonderful appreciation for the research carried out by the many students, PhD students and postdocs in our group over the decades. But also because stereochemistry - what Van 't Hoff introduced and for which he gained worldwide fame - will always have a prominent place in our research."

Meijer received the medal from Ton van Leeuwen, professor at Amsterdam University Medical Center (AMC) and president of the Society. The chairman of the jury Wybren Jan Buma commented, "Bert Meijer is considered worldwide to be one of the founders of the field of supramolecular polymer chemistry. His work has been groundbreaking in understanding the mechanisms underlying chemical self-assembly. He has shown that these types of supramolecular polymer materials offer unique opportunities to successfully develop solutions to challenges in the materials and life sciences. He continues to pursue this work."

More recognition for Bert Meijer

2022 - International membership of National Academy of Sciences (US)


About the Society for the Advancement of Natural Science, Medicine and Surgery

The Society, founded in 1790 by Andreas Bonn, Professor of Anatomy and Surgery at the Doorluchte School in Amsterdam, organizes scientific meetings, awards honors to practitioners of science, provides travel grants to young researchers, and gives support to activities that fit within the Society's goal of promoting Natural Science, Medicine and Surgery.

Membership of the Society is available to doctoral researchers within mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, biological as well as biomedical sciences, medicine or dentistry and to those who, through their education or work, have a connection with the universities and research institutes of Amsterdam, from PhD students to professors.

Nicole van Overveld
(Science Information Officer)

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