Rijnders’ research is related to the materials science of complex materials, mostly used for electronic devices. He focuses on the structure-property relation of atomically engineered complex (nano)materials, especially thin film complex oxides. He is engaged in many public-private partnerships in the field of functional and smart materials, such as piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials, and their integration with electronic and micro electromechanical systems. He recently started a new research direction in the field of neuromorphic computing, on brain-inspired materials systems. Rijnders has received an NWO Vidi Grant, FOM valorization prize, NWO TOP-PUNT and the Julius Springer Prize.