Prestigious international awards for Bert Meijer
Prof. Bert Meijer is honoured to receive the prestigious 23rd Nagoya Gold Medal of Organic Chemistry, annually presented to a chemist who has made a significant original contribution to the field of organic chemistry. Furthermore, Meijer will be decorated with an honorary degree of the University of Mons in Belgium for his outstanding contributions in the field of functional supramolecular materials and systems during the Academic Ceremony of March 31, 2017. Meijer: “I’m very proud to receive this honorary degree of the University of Mons.”
The Nagoya Medal was initially proposed by Professor Hisashi Yamamoto and Professor Ryoji Noyori and founded in 1995 with Professor Noyori as the president through the financial support of the MSD Life Science Foundation (previously: Banyu Life Science Foundation International). The first medal was presented to Professor Yoshito Kishi, and since then eminent scientists have come to give lectures. The Silver Medal, established in 1999, has been presented every year to a rising scientist based in Japan whose research has had a major impact on the field of synthetic organic chemistry. The medals are designed in the shape of a sword guard; the flowers on the surface are lilies, which are the city flower of Nagoya City, and have the meaning of "a kind heart and competitiveness".
During the award lecture and ceremony on December 22, 2017 at the Noyori Conference of Nagoya University, Meijer is invited to talk about his unique prize-winning chemistry, but also about the in-depth philosophy behind it, encouraging young chemists and students. Meijer: “I am very honoured with this most prestigious award and being on a list of the very best Organic Chemist in the world, with Ben Feringa being the awardee in 2013”.
Meijer’s research is focused on the design, synthesis, characterization and possible applications of new supramolecular systems with unconventional properties and functions. By combining principles of synthetic and physical organic chemistry with challenges in materials and life sciences, they study the self-assembly and self-organization of molecular architectures into functional supramolecular systems.
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Bert Meijer is Distinguished University Professor in the Molecular Sciences, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology and scientific director of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. After receiving his PhD degree at the University of Groningen, he worked for 10 years in industry (Philips and DSM). In 1991 he was appointed in Eindhoven, where he supervised over 75 PhD students. In the meantime he has held part-time positions in Nijmegen and Santa Barbara, CA. Bert Meijer is a member of many editorial advisory boards, including Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Bert Meijer has received a number of awards, including the Spinoza Award in 2001, the ACS Award for Polymer Chemistry in 2006, the AkzoNobel Science Award 2010, the International Award of the Society of Polymer Science Japan in 2011, the Cope Scholar Award of the ACS in 2012, and the Prelog medal in 2014. He is a member of a number of academies and societies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, where he is appointed to Academy Professor in 2014.