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.


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.  

Integrated Cell Biology: last sessions 2016

Attention LIC PhDs & Postdocs: Integrated Cell Biology: last two sessions this year!

The two last sessions this year of the MSc Course “Integrated Cell Biology” will be held on the following days:

ICB-5: 20 - 24 Jun (for PhD and Postdoc of LIC)
ICB-6: 27 Jun - 1 Jul (for Master students of Chemistry and LS&T)

In memoriam: Dr. Harry Jacobs

Met spijt delen wij mee dat op 22 mei 2016 op 85-jarige leeftijd onze oud-collega dr. Harry Jacobs is overleden.

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.

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:


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