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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 2003 2019

Dehydration of supercritical carbon dioxide using dense polymeric membranes: a techno-economical evaluation

Shamu, A., Miedema, H., Borneman, Z. & Nijmeijer, K., 1 Oct 2019, In : Separation and Purification Technology. 224, p. 209-218 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Polymeric membranes
Dehydration
Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide
Membranes

Effect of bromine complexing agents on membrane performance in hydrogen bromine flow batteries

Hugo, Y. A., Mazur, N., Kout, W., Sikkema, F., Borneman, Z. & Nijmeijer, K., 3 Sep 2019, In : Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 166, 13, p. A3004-A3010 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Bromine
Hydrogen
Membranes
Flow batteries
Sulfonic Acids

Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of a reverse electrodialysis stack: a new approach to monitoring fouling and cleaning

Pintossi, D., Saakes, M., Borneman, Z. & Nijmeijer, K., 31 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Power Sources. 444, 8 p., 227302

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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electrodialysis
Electrodialysis
fouling
Fouling
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
2 Citations (Scopus)

Experimental investigation of multistage electrodialysis for seawater desalination

Doornbusch, G. J., Tedesco, M., Post, J. W., Borneman, Z. & Nijmeijer, K., 15 Aug 2019, In : Desalination. 464, p. 105-114 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Electrodialysis
Desalination
Seawater
desalination
seawater
4 Citations (Scopus)

Layer-by-layer coatings on ion exchange membranes: effect of multilayer charge and hydration on monovalent ion selectivities

Rijnaarts, T., Reurink, D. M., Radmanesh, F., de Vos, W. M. & Nijmeijer, K., 15 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Membrane Science. 570-571, p. 513-521 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Ion exchange membranes
Ion Exchange
Hydration
hydration
Multilayers

Prizes

Academic Society Award

Kitty Nijmeijer (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

membrane
filter
ion
salt water
biofuel

NWO START-UP Award : Membranes à la carte

Kitty Nijmeijer (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: NWOSTART-UPScientific

Membranes
Raw materials
Industrial Waste
Dairies
Water

Activities 2012 2017

  • 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

Courses

DBL Energy

1/09/14 → …

Course

Graduation Project CPT

1/09/15 → …

Course

Separation technology

1/09/13 → …

Course

Press / Media

Scientific late-bloomer awakens sleeping beauty

Kitty Nijmeijer

26/06/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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Kitty Nijmeijer

1/04/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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

File

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

File

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