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.

News

Pain relief without the high

Researchers at Leiden University led by Mario van der Stelt (Leiden Institute for Chemistry) have set ‘gold standards’ for developing new painkillers based on the medicinal effects of cannabis. Publication in Nature Communications.

In memoriam: RAG de Graaff

On November 16 2016 Dr. Rudolf A.G. de Graaff passed away at the age of 75.

Dr. de Graaff was best known amongst his colleagues and co-workers as RAG.  Apart from a few years at York RAG spent his whole scientific career at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry and taught many students, post-docs and staff members the fine details of X-ray and electron diffraction.

In memoriam: Prof. dr. Ir. Piet van de Putte

Met grote droefenis delen wij mede dat Piet van de Putte op 7 November 2016 is overleden.

New oxygen evolution mechanism in Nature Chemistry

A collaborative paper between MIT and our group gives experimental and computational evidence for a new mechanism for oxygen evolution on perovskite electrodes in alkaline media:

Cathodic corrosion of gold and rhodium on the cover of Faraday Discussions

A paper by Thom Hersbach features on the cover of the Faraday Discussions issue on “Single Entity Electrochemistry”:

Medicijnen aanzetten met licht en vitamine C

Door inactieve kankermedicijnen in het lichaam met licht te beschijnen, kunnen die lokaal actief worden en tumorcellen in de buurt uitschakelen. Een veelbelovende methode, maar chemicus Sven Askes ontdekte tijdens zijn promotieonderzoek dat zuurstof nog vaak de spelbreker is. Zijn oplossing: antioxidanten.

Vluchtelingenkinderen op bezoek bij Junior Science Lab

Engels, Nederlands, Tibetaans en Arabisch klinken door elkaar in de collegezaal in de Gorlaeus Laboratoria. Leerlingen van de Internationale Schakelklas uit Katwijk bezoeken op woensdag 26 oktober 2016 het Junior Science Lab. Mentor Corriene Haasnoot merkt dat de leerlingen deze middag worden geprikkeld: ‘Ze willen graag laten zien wat ze van scheikunde weten. Hierdoor worden ze nog gemotiveerder om de Nederlandse taal te leren.’

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