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 7.2 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.


ERC Starting Grant voor chemicus Dennis Hetterscheid

De Leidse chemicus Dennis Hetterscheid krijgt een ERC Starting Grant voor onderzoek naar de omzetting van zonlicht in duurzame en op grote schaal transporteerbare energie. Hij wil dit bewerkstelliggen met op de natuur geïnspireerde katalysatoren.

Reedijk Symposium 2014 - Guest Lecturers: Prof. Alan Rowan & Prof. Matthew Neurock (updated with photos)

On Friday October 31st 2014 the fourth annual Jan Reedijk LIC Symposium will be held. The main lectures of the day will be "Strain Stiffening - The key to Biomimetic Cytoskeletal Materials" by invited speaker Prof. Alan Rowan (Radboud University), and "Engineering Molecular Transformations over Supported Catalysts for Sustainable Energy Conversion" by Prof. Matthew Neurock (University of Minnesota).

The complete programme can be found here; photos of the symposium attendees & speakers can be found below.

Hugo van Ingen new assistant professor in Protein Chemistry

The Leiden Institute of Chemistry and the section of Protein Chemistry welcome Hugo van Ingen as a staff member. Van Ingen is appointed as tenure-track assistant professor and will set up his new research group focusing on the molecular basis of chromatin function.

Papers in JACS and Angewandte Chemie

A paper on oxygen evolution by an immobilized molecular iridium catalyst by Oscar Diaz-Morales and Thom Hersbach was recently published in JACS.

A Highlight in Angewandte Chemie discusses recent advances in electrochemical reduction of carbon monoxide.

Twee miljoen voor bio-chemisch onderzoek

De Leidse hoogleraren chemie Hermen Overkleeft en Hans Aerts hebben, samen met hun collega Huib Ovaa van het Nederlands Kankerinstituut, 2 miljoen euro gekregen van NWO voor biochemisch onderzoek. Het onderzoek kan leiden tot nieuwe behandelingsmethodes voor verschillende ziektes.

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