Chirality 2018

Bert Meijer Wins 2018 Chirality Medal

Chirality Medal  


Bert photo for medal winnerBert Meijer - Winner of the 2018 Chirality Medal

E.W. ”Bert” Meijer, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), will receive the 2018 Chirality Medal and will present the Award Lecture at Chirality 2018, the 30th International Symposium on Chirality (ISCD-30), on June 10, 2018 in Princeton, NJ USA.

Professor Meijer receives the honor for his seminal contributions to the design and study of chiral supramolecular systems and materials. Founded on the principles of synthetic and organic chemistry, his research aims to find solutions to challenges in materials science and life sciences. Meijer is recognized as a pioneer in the field of supramolecular materials, being one of the first chemists to explore and develop 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 previously thought to be exclusively reserved for macromolecules. His new class of supramolecular structures thus led to an adjusted definition of Staudinger’s description of the nature of polymers. With his training in stereochemistry, he introduced chirality to study the mechanism of self-assembly and self-organizing, while a number of chiral materials where used to create unprecedented properties in electronic devices.  

Bert Meijer was trained as an organic chemist at the University of Groningen under the supervision of Hans Wynberg and started his career in 1982 at the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven as a research scientist and moved in 1989 to DSM Research in Geleen. In 1991 Meijer was installed as full professor of Organic Chemistry at the department for Chemistry & Chemical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Since 2004 Meijer is a distinguished university professor of Molecular Sciences at TU/e, where he heads the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems as Scientific Director. In 2014, he also became a distinguished professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.

With this award, Bert Meijer joins 28 other distinguished scientists who have received this prize since its inception in 1991.

Chirality Medal 

The Chirality Medal was initiated by the Societa Chimica Italiana in 1991 to honor internationally recognized scientists who have made a distinguished contribution to the study of chirality. The gold medal is awarded each year at the International Symposium of Chirality (ISC) by a Chirality Medal Honor Committee comprised of ISC committee members and the most recent recipients of the medal. 


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