Bert Meijer awarded prestigious Nagoya Gold Medal

Japan’s highest award for chemistry scientists, the Nagoya Gold Medal of Organic Chemistry, will this year be presented to Bert Meijer, TU/e professor of Organic Chemistry. Meijer thus joins an illustrious group of 22 predecessors, including several winners of Nobel Prizes, Franklin Medals and Wolf Prizes. The award will be presented on 22 December this year in Nagoya.

Meijer will receive his award at the Noyori Conference of Nagoya University where he will also give a presentation of his research whose focus on his underlying philosophy will spur on young chemists and students.

Apart from the Japan award, Bert Meijer will also receive an award in Belgium when he is awarded an honorary doctorate on 31 March from the University of Mons for his work on supramolecular materials and systems.

Meijer’s research focuses on the design, synthesis, characterization and potential applications of new supramolecular systems, with special properties and functions. His work is founded on the principles of synthetic and organic chemistry to find solutions to the problems in materials science and life sciences. This work investigates the self-assembly and self-organization of molecular architectures in the direction of functional supramolecular systems.

Bert Meijer is the founder of the Eindhoven Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS). He is the winner of a number of top awards such as the Spinoza Prize 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 of ETH Zürich in 2014. In that same year the KNAW also appointed him Academy Professor as a lifetime achievement award. The TU/e professor is also the initiator of the Gravitation Program Functional Molecular Systems, which was awarded a subsidy of 27 million euros at the end of 2012.