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Research profile

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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Projects 2018 2022

Membrane development and performance study in Hydrogen-Bromine flow batteries

Nijmeijer, K., van der Wallen, M., van der Wallen, M. & Gerrits, E.

1/06/1831/05/22

Project: Research direct

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Research Output 2003 2019

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

Mass transfer studies on the dehydration of supercritical carbon dioxide using dense polymeric membranes

Shamu, A., Miedema, H., Metz, S. J., Borneman, Z. & Nijmeijer, K., 31 Jan 2019, In : Separation and Purification Technology. 209, p. 229-237 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Polymeric membranes
Dehydration
Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide
Mass transfer

Permeation of supercritical CO2 through dense polymeric membranes

Shamu, A., Dunnewold, M., Miedema, H., Borneman, Z. & Nijmeijer, K., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Supercritical Fluids. 144, p. 63-70 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Polymeric membranes
Carbon Monoxide
Permeation
permeability
membranes

Role of anion exchange membrane fouling in reverse electrodialysis using natural feed waters

Rijnaarts, T., Moreno, J., Saakes, M., de Vos, W. M. & Nijmeijer, K., 5 Jan 2019, In : Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 560, p. 198-204 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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electrodialysis
Electrodialysis
Membrane fouling
fouling
Anions

The role of ortho-, meta- and para-substitutions in the main-chain structure of poly(etherimide)s and the effects on CO2/CH4 gas separation performance

Madzarevic, Z. P., Shahid, S., Nijmeijer, K. & Dingemans, T. J., 8 Feb 2019, In : Separation and Purification Technology. 210, p. 242-250 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Carbon Monoxide
Polyetherimides
Substitution reactions
Gases
Benzene

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

Nijmeijer, K. (Speaker)
2 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkScientific

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

Nijmeijer, K. (Member)
1 Mar 2015 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of boardScientific

Science (Journal)

Nijmeijer, K. (Editorial board member)
20 Oct 2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Science (Journal)

Nijmeijer, K. (Peer reviewer)
1 Oct 2014 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-reviewScientific

Journal of Membranes and Separation Technology (Journal)

Nijmeijer, K. (Editorial board member)
Jan 2013 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityScientific

Courses

Advanced separation technology

1/09/14 → …

Course

DBL Energy

1/09/14 → …

Course

Graduation Project CPT

1/09/15 → …

Course

Separation technology

1/09/13 → …

Course

Press / Media

600 k for creative, risky ideas

Kitty Nijmeijer

15/02/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Talking about ambition, uncertainty and, of course, the research itself

Kitty Nijmeijer

6/09/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Van monomeer tot toepassing

Kitty Nijmeijer

11/04/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Radio Interview

Kitty Nijmeijer

8/04/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Radio interview

Kitty Nijmeijer

7/04/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

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

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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

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