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.


Dubbelstrengs water op gestapte platina oppervlakken

De interactie van water met platina oppervlakken is van groot belang voor de vele chemische reacties die gekatalyseerd worden door platina en waarbij een water cruciale rol speelt. Dit geldt met name voor elektrochemische reacties die plaatsvinden aan het grensvlak tussen een platina elektrode en een waterige elektrolyt oplossing, zoals in brandstofcellen, electrolysers, en vele andere katalytische toepassingen van platina.

Two NWO ECHO grants for Leiden Chemistry

Two excellent young chemists, Jeroen Codée and Sander van Kasteren, have received an ECHO grant for €260,000 from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This funding will allow them to begin their research projects.

In memoriam: Mark van Eikenhorst

Op maandag 18 januari 2016 is de Life Science and Technology (LST) bachelorstudent Mark van Eikenhorst na een noodlottig ziektebeeld overleden. Mark is veel te jong uit ons midden gegaan. Hij is slechts drieëntwintig jaar oud geworden.

Boost of Water Electrolysis - Article In Nature Communications

Researchers from Leiden University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technical University of Munich have boosted the efficiency of water electrolysis. They located a layer of copper atoms near the surface of conventional platinum electrodes.

NWO awards 1.5 million euro VICI grant to Remus Dame

NWO has awarded a prestigious VICI grant to Remus Dame. With this grant he will strengthen his research programme on dynamic organization of the bacterial genome. Specifically, he will investigate the molecular mechanisms that drive changes in genome organization in response to environmental cues, the effect of these changes on specific environmentally regulated genes and the resulting physiological response.

Water at stepped platinum surface on the cover of PCCP

A paper by Manuel Kolb on the adsorption of water on the stepped Pt(533) surface features on the cover of PCCP:


Mechanism of oxygen evolution on nickel oxyhydroxide electrodes in JACS and Chemical Science

Two papers from the spectro-electrochemical work of Oscar Diaz-Morales on the mechanism of the oxygen evolution reaction on nickel oxyhydroxide electrodes, one in collaboration with the group of Wilson Smith at the TU Delft, have been published in JACS and Chemical Science.

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