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.


Welcome programme CSC PhD students September 2016

The Leiden Institute of Chemistry, joined this year by the LACDR, welcomes Chinese PhD students who have been granted a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC). To make sure the new students feel welcome and to help them to get accustomed to their new working environment and living in the Netherlands, we have set up a 3 week introduction program, starting on September 12th.

TA-subsidie voor Irene Groot

Chemicus Irene Groot krijgt een TA-subsidie toegekend. Groot gaat samenwerken met Shell, Leiden Probe Microscopy, DSM Resolve en Universiteit Utrecht en onderzoek doen naar katalysatoren voor de productie van grondstoffen en brandstoffen.

Understanding hydrogen electrocatalysis

Electrocatalysis will play an increasingly important role in future in the transition to more sustainable energy. Thanks to chemist Isis Ledezma Yanez, we now know more about the hydrogen evolution process. PhD defence on the 9th of June.  

Marc Koper awarded the Brian Conway Prize for Physical Electrochemistry

The International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) has awarded Marc Koper with the biennial Brian Conway Prize for Physical Electrochemistry.

ECHO grant awarded

An NWO ECHO grant has been awarded to Marcellus Ubbink to study protein robustness and the roles of conserved amino acid residues in maintaining the structure and function of enzymes involved in antibiotic resistance. 

Bart Limburg winnaar KNCV-Van Arkelprijs 2014-2015

Bart Limburg heeft donderdag 26 mei 2016 de KNCV-Van Arkelprijs 2014-2015 gewonnen. In het Science Centre in Delft ontving de chemicus uit handen van dr.ir. Riet Hilhorst, bestuurslid KNCV, een oorkonde en een prijs ter waarde van EUR 2.500.

Double-stranded water on platinum on the cover of PRL


A paper by Manuel Kolb on water adsorption on stepped platinum surfaces, in collaboration with the group of Dan Killelea at Layola University in Chicago, features on the cover of Physical Review Letters.

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