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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.

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.


Hermen Overkleeft new Scientific Director of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry

As of July 1, Professor of Bio-organic Synthesis Hermen Overkleeft will be appointed as the Scientific Director of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC). He will succeed Jaap Brouwer, who has been managing the institute for the past twelve years. Overkleeft has been appointed for a period of four years.

Marc Baggelaar graduates cum laude on body’s own marijuana

PhD candidate Marc Baggelaar of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) graduated cum laude on Thursday 6 April. His thesis on the endocannabinoid system in the brain is very comprehensive and of high quality, according to the jury. ‘A very talented young scientist, that definitely belongs to the top five percent'.

Célia Fonseca Guerra appointed as Extraordinary Professor of Applied Theoretical Chemistry

Since February 1, 2017 Célia Fonseca Guerra is appointed as extraordinary professor at the LIC with a chair in applied theoretical chemistry. She will be a member of the Theoretical Chemistry group. Her research interests are related to bioinorganic chemistry and catalysis and her appointment at the LIC will strengthen the collaboration with the MCBIM group.

Mechanism of electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution on platinum in Nature Energy

A paper by Isis Ledezma-Yanez, in collaboration with the group of Victor Climent and Juan Feliu at the University of Alicante, discusses the role of interfacial water reorganization during the pH-dependent hydrogen evolution on Pt(111):

Spectroscopic evidence for CO dimer during CO reduction on copper

A paper by Elena Perez-Gallent in Angewandte Chemie gives spectroscopic evidence for CO dimerization during electrocatalytic CO reduction on copper electrodes:

NIOK best PhD Lecture award for Thom Hersbach

At the 2017 Netherlands' Catalysis and Chemistry Conference (NCCC), Thom Hersbach was awarded with the NIOK best Lecture award.

PNAS publication on protein encounter complexes

A new approach to characterize encounter states of protein complexes has been published in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (PNAS) by the research groups of Prof. Ubbink and Prof. Luchinat (University of Florence).

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