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"My dream is that at one point in time we will understand so much about how molecules work together, that we can make the simplest form of life in a laboratory."

Research profile

The research of Bert Meijer focuses on the design, synthesis, characterization and possible applications of supramolecular systems with unprecedented properties and functions. It is founded on the principles of synthetic organic and polymer chemistry and aims at finding solutions to challenges in materials science and life sciences. Throughout his career Bert Meijer has explored and developed functional supramolecular polymers as a new class of materials. Via advanced molecular design and synthesis he has realized systems in which monomeric units self-assemble into long supramolecular polymeric chains, resulting in materials displaying unique dynamic properties that were thought to be exclusively reserved for macromolecules. Current research in the Meijer lab focuses on fundamental studies to understand complex multi-component supramolecular systems including the assembly behavior into supramolecular polymers. These insights are used to explore the potential use of supramolecular polymers as mimics of biological tissue, using a modular approach that allows for easy adjustment of their dynamics to external stimuli. Moreover, supramolecular materials are studied to create new avenues for adaptive soft materials and materials for nanotechnology and energy. 

Academic background

Bert Meijer studied chemistry at the University of Groningen and obtained his master's degree in 1978. In 1982 he earned his PhD degree summa cum laude under supervision of Prof. Hans Wijnberg. In 1982 Meijer started working at the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven and in 1989 he moved to DSM Research in Geleen. In 1991 he was installed as full professor of Organic Chemistry at the department for Chemical Engineering and Chemistry of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In 1999 his chair was also established at the department for Biomedical Engineering. Since 2004 Bert Meijer is a distinguished university professor of Molecular Sciences at TU/e. He founded the TU/e Institute for Complex Molecular Systems in 2008 and is now a co-director. Meijer is adjunct professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen since 1994 and distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2008. In 2014 Bert Meijer was inducted as Academy Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 2018 he is also an external member of the scientific staff of the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.

Affiliated with

  • Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (co-director)
  • Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
  • Research Centre for Complex Molecular Systems

 Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Suprapolix and Xeltis
  • SyMO-Chem
  • Industrial partners of the Industrial Consortium of the ICMS

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Research Output

Encapsulation of guest molecules into a dendritic box

Jansen, J. F. G. A., Berg, van den, E. M. M. & Meijer, E. W., 1994, In : Science. 266, 5188, p. 1226-1229

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  • 1154 Citations (Scopus)
    89 Downloads (Pure)

    Reversible polymers from self-complementary monomers, using quadruple hydrogen bonding

    Sijbesma, R. P., Beijer, F. H., Brunsveld, L., Folmer, B. J. B., Hirschberg, J. H. K. K., Lange, R. F. M., Lowe, J. K. L. & Meijer, E. W., 1997, In : Science. 278, 5343, p. 1601-1604

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1685 Citations (Scopus)
    86 Downloads (Pure)

    Probing the solvent-assisted nucleation pathway in chemical self-assembly

    Jonkheijm, P., Schoot, van der, P. P. A. M., Schenning, A. P. H. J. & Meijer, E. W., 2006, In : Science. 313, 5783, p. 80-83 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 615 Citations (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)

    Functional supramolecular polymers

    Aida, T., Meijer, E. W. & Stupp, S. I., 2012, In : Science. 335, 6070, p. 813-817 5 p.

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  • 1911 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Pathway complexity in supramolecular polymerization

    Korevaar, P. A., George, S. J., Markvoort, A. J., Smulders, M. M. J., Hilbers, P. A. J., Schenning, A. P. H. J., Greef, de, T. F. A. & Meijer, E. W., 2012, In : Nature. 481, 7382, p. 492-496

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  • 445 Citations (Scopus)
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    Academy Professor: Prof. dr. Bert Meijer

    E.W. Meijer (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: KNAWAcademy professorScientific

  • AKZONobel Science Award of the Royal Dutch Society of Science 2010

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Recipient), 19 Jul 2010

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

  • Chirality Medal 2018

    E.W. Meijer (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

  • Doctorem Honoris Causa of the Free Universitat Berlin

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: OtherHonorary degreesScientific


    • 11 Editorial activity
    • 4 Contributed talk
    • 3 Membership of committee
    • 2 Membership of board

    Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (External organisation)

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Member)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    The Chemical Record Lecture 2012

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Speaker)
    27 Mar 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Musgrave Lecture University of Durham 2010

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Speaker)
    18 Jun 2010

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Journal of the American Chemical Society (Journal)

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Chemical Science (Journal)

    E.W. (Bert) Meijer (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific


    Advances in Molecular Chemistry

    1/09/18 → …


    Bio-organic chemistry

    1/09/13 → …


    Graduation Project MSMC

    1/09/15 → …


    Macro-organic chemistry

    1/09/13 → …


    Project Organic chemistry

    1/09/15 → …


    Student theses

    (Photoactive) metathesis polymers

    Author: Maas, J., 31 Aug 1996

    Supervisor: Meijer, E. (Supervisor 1) & Sijbesma, R. (Coach)

    Student thesis: Master

    1,4,7-triazacyclononane functionalized BTA: a supramolecular polymer for cooperative catalysis

    Author: Robeerst, C., 26 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Mabesoone, M. (Supervisor 1), Su, L. (Supervisor 2), Meijer, B. (Supervisor 2), Palmans, A. (Supervisor 2) & Schenning, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Activity of antifreeze proteins: the possible role of a monomer-dimer equilibrium

    Author: van Schijndel, L., 31 Aug 2014

    Supervisor: Meijer, E. (Supervisor 1), Milroy, L. (Supervisor 2), Voets, I. (Supervisor 2) & Olijve, L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A microfluidic toolbox for supramolecular chemistry and chemical biology

    Author: Rosier, B., 31 Oct 2014

    Supervisor: de Greef, T. (Supervisor 1) & Meijer, E. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A modular approach to bioactive scaffolds using supramolecular polymers

    Author: Hermans, T., 28 Feb 2006

    Supervisor: Dankers, P. (Supervisor 1), Meijer, E. (Supervisor 2), Bastiaansen, C. (Supervisor 2) & Sommerdijk, N. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master