To See Young People Growing

Author: Vera Köster, Jasmin Herr, Johanna Hedrich

Egbert Willem “Bert” Meijer, Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, was awarded the Herman Staudinger Preis 2022 by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) for his outstanding and creative contributions to the field of supramolecular polymer chemistry. The award ceremony was held during the Biennial Meeting of the GDCh Division of Macromolecular Chemistry in Aachen, Germany, in September 2022, where we had the chance to interview Bert Meijer.

During the interview, Bert Meijer shared his insights on the training of Ph.D. students, drawing parallels between chemists and footballers, communicating science to the public, such as at the Lowlands Popfestival, and his research, which he also considers as his hobby.


Bert Meijer studied chemistry at the University of Groningen, where he received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1982. He then worked at Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, and DSM Research, Geleen, The Netherlands, before joining Eindhoven University of Technology in 1991 as a professor of organic chemistry.

Bert Meijer’s research focuses on self-assembled materials, the non-covalent synthesis of functional supramolecular systems, and functional supramolecular polymers. He uses targeted molecular design and synthesis to create supramolecular polymeric materials with unique properties that were previously believed to be exclusive to covalently linked macromolecules.

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