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With over 15 years of experience in the field of polymer membrane design, characterization and application, Kitty Nijmeijer leads the research group Membrane Materials and Processes that focuses on design and development of polymer membranes to separate molecular mixtures for sustainable processes. Her research expertise focuses on the fundamentals of membrane chemistry and morphology to control mass transport in macroscopic applications. It combines and integrates material science and process technology. Water and Energy are the main application areas with a strong focus on recovery and reuse of resources, the valorization of waste streams and energy efficient processes in the context of a sustainable circular economy.

Information about the Membrane Materials and Processes Group can be found at www.tue.nl/mmp

Academic background

Kitty Nijmeijer studied Chemical Technology at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (Heerlen, The Netherlands) and at the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands), where she received her Master degree in 1998. In 2003 she obtained her PhD with her thesis 'Gas-liquid membrane contactors for olefin/paraffin separation' from the University of Twente. After a postdoc at the same university, in 2005 she was appointed Research Director of the European Membrane Institute Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) that performs confidential contract research directly with the industry. As she has a strong preference for academic research, in 2006 she became assistant professor at the University of Twente. In In 2007, Nijmeijer was invited senior scientist at Shell Research & Technology Center Amsterdam (SRTCA) and in 2010 she was a visiting scientist at the University of California (Berkeley, USA). In 2011 Nijmeijer became associate professor and head of the research group Membrane Science & Technology at the University of Twente, where she was appointed full professor in 2015. As of 2016 she is full professor and head of the Membrane Materials and Processes group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). 

Kitty Nijmeijer was elected board member and vice president of the European Membrane Society and she is editorial board member of the scientific journals Science and the Journal of Membrane Science. She chaired ICOM 2011, the world’s largest conference on membrane science and technology. Next to fundamental research and education, Kitty Nijmeijer highly values the valorisation and the popularization of science and technology. She is involved in the Blue Energy demonstration installation at the Afsluitdijk (NL). In addition she served in several national TV programs, recorded a TEDx talk and a series of five short lectures about membrane technology for the University of The Netherlands and she is ambassador of the Dutch Chemical Association (VNCI) to promote and show the significance and importance of chemistry for society for a broad audience. 

External positions

Full Professor, University of Twente

201028 Feb 2016

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Research Output

Current utilization in electrodialysis: Electrode segmentation as alternative for multistaging

Doornbusch, G., Swart, H., Tedesco, M., Post, J., Borneman, Z. & Nijmeijer, K., 15 Apr 2020, In : Desalination. 480, 11 p., 114243.

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    Development of Polydopamine Forward Osmosis Membranes with Low Reverse Salt Flux

    Oymaci, P., Nijmeijer, K. & Borneman, Z., 10 May 2020, In : Membranes. 10, 5, 15 p., 94.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Effect of membrane area and membrane properties in multistage electrodialysis on seawater desalination performance

    Doornbusch, G. J., Bel, M., Tedesco, M., Post, J. W., Borneman, Z. & Nijmeijer, K., 1 Oct 2020, In : Journal of Membrane Science. 611, 10 p., 118303.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • Influence of sulfate on anion exchange membranes in reverse electrodialysis

    Pintossi, D., Chen, C-L., Saakes, M., Nijmeijer, K. & Borneman, Z., 15 Jun 2020, In : NPJ Clean Water. 3, 1, 10 p., 29.

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    In situ long-term membrane performance evaluation of hydrogen-bromine flow batteries

    Hugo, Y. A., Kout, W., Sikkema, F., Borneman, Z. & Nijmeijer, K., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Energy Storage. 27, 9 p., 101068.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Academic Society Award

    K. Nijmeijer (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

  • NWO START-UP Award : Membranes à la carte

    K. Nijmeijer (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: NWOSTART-UPScientific

  • Activities

    • 3 Editorial activity
    • 1 Publication peer-review
    • 1 Membership of board
    • 1 Contributed talk

    Effect of the presence of magnesium ions on power generation using reverse electrodialysis

    Kitty Nijmeijer (Speaker)
    2 Aug 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) (External organisation)

    Kitty Nijmeijer (Member)
    1 Mar 2015 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

    Science (Journal)

    Kitty Nijmeijer (Editorial board member)
    20 Oct 2014 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Science (Journal)

    Kitty Nijmeijer (Peer reviewer)
    1 Oct 2014 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Journal of Membranes and Separation Technology (Journal)

    Kitty Nijmeijer (Editorial board member)
    Jan 2013 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific


    DBL Energy

    1/09/14 → …


    Graduation Project CPT

    1/09/15 → …


    Separation technology

    1/09/13 → …


    Student theses

    Characterization and performance evaluation of commercially available membranes in forward osmosis

    Author: Roest, D., 30 May 2018

    Supervisor: Nijmeijer, K. (Supervisor 1), Borneman, Z. (Supervisor 2), Gallucci, F. (Supervisor 2) & Lubach, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Photoresponsive sponge based on liquid crystals

    Author: Leunissen, K., 28 Sep 2016

    Supervisor: Schenning, A. (Supervisor 1), Broer, D. (Supervisor 2), Gelebart, A. (Supervisor 2), den Toonder, J. (Supervisor 2) & Nijmeijer, D. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Polymer membranes for the separation of CO, CO2 and O2: performance analysis and gas transport modeling

    Author: van Campenhout, B., 25 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: van Essen, M. (Supervisor 1), Nijmeijer, D. (Supervisor 2), Borneman, Z. (Supervisor 2) & van Sint Annaland, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Salt influence on the micropollutant removal of brackish water types by nanofiltration

    Author: Aarts, Y., 30 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Chatillon, B. (Supervisor 1), Nijmeijer, K. (Supervisor 2), Borneman, Z. (Supervisor 2) & Noël, T. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master