prof.dr. J.J.L.M. Cornelissen (Jeroen)

Full Professor

About Me

Given names: Jeroen J.L.M.
Academic titles: prof. dr.
Birth date and place:  1972
Present function:    Full professor of the group “Sustainable Polymer Chemistry”,
University of Twente, The Netherlands


Jeroen Cornelissen (1972) studied chemistry with a minor in Macro-Organic Chemistry carried out at the Eindhoven University of Technology with Prof. E.W. Meijer and a major in Supramolecular Chemistry and Catalysis at the University of Nijmegen with Prof. R.J.M. Nolte. He received his Ph.D. (cum laude) from the latter university in 2001 for research carried out under the supervision of Prof. R.J.M. Nolte. After post-doctoral work at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, U.S.A. he returned to Nijmegen where he was appointed as an Assistant Professor until 2009 when he took up his present position as Full Professor at the University of Twente. From September 2015 to February 2018, he acted as the Scientific Director of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. Cornelissen received several research grants including an ERC Consolidator Grant and a prestigious EURYI Award in 2007, but also collaborates with national and local industrial partners.  Prof. Cornelissen is the present Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Materials Chemistry B and of Materials Advances, both published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a member of the board of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) of which he was the president from 2019 to 2022. Community building is one of his passions, as is the dissemination of science – in particular chemistry – to a broader audience; exemplified by appearances at festivals, schools, and contributions to national media. During his academic career to this point, Prof. Cornelissen supervised over 45 Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers. He takes pride in the observation that his research team is the starting point for numerous successful academic careers, but also for BSc, MSc and Ph.D. students to find prosperous employment in other sectors.  With close to 200 publications, Prof. Cornelissen made a significant impact in his research field. He is considered one of the pioneers in the use of protein cages in materials and biomedical science and as such gave many invited lectures.


Professional Experience

2009-Present   Full professor, University of Twente, NL
2015-2017 Scientific Director a.i., MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of
Twente, NL
2002-2009 Assistant Professor, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
2001-2002 Post-doctoral Researcher, IBM Almaden Research, USA



1996-2001     Doctoral Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
1992-1996 MSc in Chemistry, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
1991-1992 Environmental Sciences, Van Hall Institute Groningen, NL
1988-1991 Process Engineering, Technisch Lyceum Eindhoven, NL


  1. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)(2013)
  2. IBM Faculty Award (2010)
  3. Gold Medal of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV) (2010)
  4. Beijerinck Premium (KNAW) (2008)
  5. EURYI Award (2007)
  6. IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists (2002)
  7. SNS Bank Prize (2002)


Research Grants

  1. NWO Vernieuwingsimpuls Vidi grant (2005)
  2. NOW Vernieuwingsimpuls Veni grant (2002)


Organizational Responsibilities

2023–Present    Member of KHMW


Engineering & Materials Science
Medicine & Life Sciences

Ancillary Activities

  • Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV)


Paats, J-W. D. (2023). Pentafluorophenyl-based single-chain polymer nanoparticles. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036557665
Kusmus, D. N. M., van Veldhuisen, T. W., Khan, A. , Cornelissen, J. J. L. M. , & Paulusse, J. M. J. (2022). Uniquely sized nanogels via crosslinking polymerization. RSC advances, 12(45), 29423-29432. https://doi.org/10.1039/d2ra04123e
Hamelmann, N. M. (2022). Single-Chain Polymer Nanoparticles in Controlled Drug Delivery. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036554398
Lin, M. (2022). Silicon-based micro- and nanoparticles: preparation, functionalization and hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036553476
Kusmus, D. N. M-T. (2022). Functional modification of polymeric nanogels. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036552837
Rodríguez, J. M., Allende-Ballestero, C. , Cornelissen, J. J. L. M., & Castón, J. R. (2021). Nanotechnological applications based on bacterial encapsulins. Nanomaterials, 11(6), [1467]. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11061467
Wu, Y. , Cao, S., Alam, M. N. A., Raabe, M., Michel-Souzy, S., Wang, Z., Wagner, M., Ermakova, A. , Cornelissen, J. J. L. M., & Weil, T. (2021). Fluorescent nanodiamonds encapsulated byCowpea Chlorotic Mottle Virus(CCMV) proteins for intracellular 3D-trajectory analysis. Journal of materials chemistry. B: materials for biology and medicine, 9(28), 5621-5627. https://doi.org/10.1039/d1tb00890k

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  • Annual public lectures at 'Zwarte Cross' and Mañana Mañana festivals. 
  • NPO1 Interviews
  • Comments in newspapers

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré (building no. 15), room C4225
Hallenweg 23
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré  C4225
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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