Our focus

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.


A chemical connection that affects your immune system

A group of chemists, that includes Sander van Kasteren and Hermen Overkleeft, has discovered that azides, a certain type of chemical compound, can determine whether or not T cells respond to or ignore a vaccine. Their discovery is set to be published in Angewandte Chemie.

Diabetes Fonds Project Grant toegekend aan Dr. Marco van Eijk

Hoe reageert de afweer op overgewicht?

Ons afweersysteem reageert slecht op vetcellen, wat de kans op diabetes type 2 vergroot. Maar ook is onze afweer misschien juist in te zetten als bescherming tegen diabetes. Onderzoekers gaan ermee aan de slag, met steun van het Diabetes Fonds.

Structure-sensitive scaling relations in Nature Chemistry

An article by Marc Koper (CASC) made in collaboration between Leiden University and reseachers from ENS Lyon has been published in Nature Chemistry.

Technology Area grant for electrolysis research

Marc Koper (Leiden), Guido Mul (Twente) and Detlef Lohse (Twente) have been awarded a Technology Area grant from the Research Fund New Chemical Innovations of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

Selective electro-oxidation of sorbitol on the inside cover of ChemSusChem

A paper by Youngkook Kwon, in collaboration with Avantium, on the selective oxidation of sorbitol to fructose and sorbose:

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