The Executive Board of the Eindhoven University of Technology decided to appoint prof.dr.ir. Kitty Nijmeijer Vice-Dean of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry as of 1 April 2018.
The Dutch Royal Institute of Engineers (KIVI) will award the Academic Society Award to Prof. Kitty Nijmeijer, Professor of Membrane Technology, on 21 March. Nijmeijer has been awarded this prize because of the great importance of her research and the appealing way in which she manages to make the connection between science and society.
Professor Nijmeijer is doing pioneering research on membranes, a kind of super-filter. In 2014, her research was put into practice at the Afsluitdijk in the world’s first blue power plant where the mixing of river and sea water is used to generate sustainable energy. More charged particles (salt ions) are present in salt water than in fresh water. When a membrane is placed between the two, ions are transported and converted into electricity. Membranes can also be used for removing the residues of drugs from water, for recovering valuable substances so that they can be reused and for making bioplastics or biofuels.