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Chemical biology research at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry is aimed at understanding biological processes at the molecular level to strengthen the knowledge base of human health and disease. The approach to achieve this goal is a fundamental chemical one; with the aid of chemical probes biological systems are interrogated.

Twenty years from now, the world population is estimated to be around 8.3 billion people (now 7.3 billion). In combination with the improvements in living standards and the corresponding growth in consumption, this will result in an enormous increase in the demand for food, consumables, water and energy. Technological and fundamental chemical solutions to meet these demands are needed.

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In memoriam: RAG de Graaff

On November 16 2016 Dr. Rudolf A.G. de Graaff passed away at the age of 75.

Dr. de Graaff was best known amongst his colleagues and co-workers as RAG.  Apart from a few years at York RAG spent his whole scientific career at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry and taught many students, post-docs and staff members the fine details of X-ray and electron diffraction.

In memoriam: Prof. dr. Ir. Piet van de Putte

Met grote droefenis delen wij mede dat Piet van de Putte op 7 November 2016 is overleden.

Reedijk Symposium 2016: Guest lecturers: Prof. Martina Havenith & Prof. Sijbren Otto

On Friday the 28th of October the seventh annual Reedijk Symposium will be held. During this day lectures will be given by several of our colleagues and two external guest speakers: "Solvation Science - THz spectroscopy provides new answers to an old topic" by Prof. dr. Martina Havenith (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), and "Can we make life in the lab?" by Prof. dr. Sijbren Otto (RUG).

Medicijnen aanzetten met licht en vitamine C

Door inactieve kankermedicijnen in het lichaam met licht te beschijnen, kunnen die lokaal actief worden en tumorcellen in de buurt uitschakelen. Een veelbelovende methode, maar chemicus Sven Askes ontdekte tijdens zijn promotieonderzoek dat zuurstof nog vaak de spelbreker is. Zijn oplossing: antioxidanten.

Vluchtelingenkinderen op bezoek bij Junior Science Lab

Engels, Nederlands, Tibetaans en Arabisch klinken door elkaar in de collegezaal in de Gorlaeus Laboratoria. Leerlingen van de Internationale Schakelklas uit Katwijk bezoeken op woensdag 26 oktober 2016 het Junior Science Lab. Mentor Corriene Haasnoot merkt dat de leerlingen deze middag worden geprikkeld: ‘Ze willen graag laten zien wat ze van scheikunde weten. Hierdoor worden ze nog gemotiveerder om de Nederlandse taal te leren.’

Computational study of proton-coupled electron transfer in Chemical Science

A paper by Adrien Göttle and Marc Koper in Chemical Science develops a methodology for calculating catalytic proton-coupled electron transfer pathways from first principles:

Dick Stufkens Prize 2016 awarded to chemist Lando Wolters

The Dick Stufkens Prize 2016 for the best PhD thesis of the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC) has been awarded to Dr Lando P. Wolters. In his thesis 'Chemical Bonding and Catalysis' Wolters makes major strides towards the rational design of catalysts, which can be considered the holy grail of catalysis. Wolters will receive his prize at the annual HRSMC symposium to be held on November 17 at the Gorlaeus Laboratories in Leiden.

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