Our focus

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.


Reedijk Symposium 2017

On Friday, October 27th the 8th annual Reedijk Symposium will be organised in lecture hall C1 of the Gorlaeus Laboratories. Key lectures will be provided by Havinga Medal laureate Prof. dr. Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University), who will present her Award lecture "Moving HAIRS: Towards adaptive, homeostatic materials" and Prof. dr. Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University).

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'.

HRSMC awards PhD project to David Klein

Leiden based chemistry student and chess grandmaster proposes molecular system for development of artificial leaf

The HRSMC has honored a proposal for PhD research written by chemistry student David Klein of Leiden University. It is the result of his participation in the HRSMC Excellence Master's programme. David will start his PhD research in December, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Dick Stufkens Prize 2017 awarded to chemist Sven H.C. Askes

The Dick Stufkens Prize 2017 for the best PhD thesis of the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry is awarded to dr. Sven H.C. Askes. In his thesis 'Upconverting Nanovesicles for the Activation of Ruthenium Anti-Cancer Prodrugs with Red Light', Askes describes a clever combination of materials and techniques for a new approach in photochemical cancer therapy.

Cation effects in electrocatalysis in JACS and Angewandte

Elena Perez-Gallent and Giulia Marcandalli show cation effects on the selectivity of CO reduction on copper single crystal electrodes; Xiaoting Chen and Ian McCrum show how cation effects explain the anomalous pH dependence of the hydrogen peak on stepped platinum single crystal electrodes:

Electrochemical synthesis of dimethylcarbonate in JACS

Marta Figueiredo, in collaboration with colleagues from Covestro in Germany, has elucidated the mechanism by which dimethylcarbonate can be formed electrochemically from carbon monoxide and methanol:

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