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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.

News

Welcome programme CSC PhD students September 2015

Every year in September, The Leiden Institute of Chemistry  welcomes several Chinese PhD students who have been granted a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC). To make sure the new students feel welcome and to help them to get accustomed to their new working environment and living in the Netherlands, we have set up a 3 week introduction program, starting on September 14th.

Fat-free mayonnaise thanks to manipulation of surface tension

Aqueous solutions of proteins and carbohydrates separate into two parts with an extremely ‘soft’ boundary surface. The surface tension between these two parts can be manipulated, for example by adjusting the pH balance. This can be used to develop emulsions of a water-based solution in another aqueous solution, such as fat-free mayonnaise. Leiden researchers were involved in the investigation.

Two STW grants awarded to CASC

The Technology Foundation STW (Foundation) has awarded two grants for research and development in applied electrochemistry in the areas of tin electroplating and nanoparticle synthesis.  For corresponding press releases (in Dutch):

VENI grant awarded to Dr. Aimee Boyle

Dr. Aimee Boyle of the Supramolecular & Biomaterials Chemistry group has been awarded a Veni grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Veni grants are awarded to talented young researchers who recently received their PhD.

Enzyme dynamics studied with paramagnetic NMR

Researchers of the Protein Chemistry group published a study that appeared on-line yesterday (June 30) in PNAS on the dynamics of an important redox enzyme.

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