Bert Klumperman studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands). He graduated in 1985 for his MSc under the supervision of Prof A Bantjes on a biomedical topic. Immediately after that he started to work at DSM Research (Geleen, The Netherlands) as a Research Associate. In 1994 he obtained his PhD degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology under the supervision of Prof AL German (Eindhoven), and Prof KF O’Driscoll (University of Waterloo, Canada).
In 1995, Bert joined the Eindhoven University of Technology as an Assistant Professor, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002. From 1998 onwards he was involved in the supervision of MSc and PhD students at Stellenbosch University. In 2006 he was awarded a South African Research Chair by the National Research Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology. In 2007 he received an A-rating from the NRF, which was renewed in 2012 and again in 2018. He was previously an Editor of European Polymer Journal (Elsevier) and is currently Associate Editor of Macromolecules (ACS). In 2012, Bert was awarded a second doctorate (DSc) at Stellenbosch University with Prof PE Mallon as promoter. He is the recipient of several awards, including the SACI Gold Medal (2013), the NSTF Lifetime Award (2016) and the Royal Society of South Africa’s John FW Herschel Medal (2018).
His current research interests are nano-structured materials for biomedical applications, mechanistic and kinetic studies of radical polymerization processes and exploratory polymer chemistry for advanced applications.