Matthijs was born and raised in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Currently he is obtaining his bachelor degree (joint-degree) at the Universiteit of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), where he is performing his thesis with Dr. Trevor A. Hamlin. The goal of his research is to gain a better understanding of the bonding by studying the Lewis pair bond between boron trihalides and weak nitrogen Lewis bases.
As a part-time job he has been working as a waiter at Café Restaurant Amsterdam for over five years. Playing sports like football and boxing in his spare time keeps him fit. Also, he loves watching football or just hanging out with his friends. Sometimes when he has a day off, he just needs to binge-watch a complete Netflix-series.