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Klumperman Bert

Elected: 2017

Country (Nationality)



Chemical Sciences


Over the past 20 years, Prof Klumperman has published around 150 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His current h-index is 40. In addition, he is co-inventor on more than ten patent applications. He has graduated around 60 post-graduate students (MSc and PhD). Initially, his research was strongly focused on kinetic and mechanistic aspects of radical polymerization reactions. He is considered a world leader in this field as evidenced by his A-rating from the National Research Foundation (South Africa). In recent years, his research interests have shifted towards biomedical applications of polymers, ranging from antimicrobial materials, to drug delivery systems and polymer bioconjugates. The work on antimicrobial materials and on polymer bioconjugates is currently receiving significant attention from industry. Prof. Klumperman is Editor of European Polymer Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa (RSSAf).

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, Prizes, Awards, etc.

  • SARChI Research Chair (2006, 2010, 2015)
  • A-rating from the NRF (2007, 2012)
  • Fellow of the RSSAf (2008)
  • Gold Medal of SACI (2013)
  • Distinguished Professor at Stellenbosch University (2014)
  • Sasol Chemistry Innovator of the Year Award (2015)