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.


Reedijk Symposium 2016: Guest lecturers: Prof. Martina Havenith & Prof. Sijbren Otto

On Friday the 28th of October the seventh annual Reedijk Symposium will be held. During this day lectures will be given by several of our colleagues and two external guest speakers: "Solvation Science - THz spectroscopy provides new answers to an old topic" by Prof. dr. Martina Havenith (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), and "Can we make life in the lab?" by Prof. dr. Sijbren Otto (RUG).

Freek Janssen wins award for best European Young Medicinal Chemist

Freek Janssen, a PhD-student in the department of Molecular Physiology, has received an award for the best oral presentation during the Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium organised by the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-YMCS’16). Freek Janssen presented his work on “Development of Highly Selective and Reversible Diacylglycerol Lipase Inhibitors”.

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.

Nederlander Feringa wint Nobelprijs Scheikunde

Samen met onderzoekers Jean-Pierre Sauvage en Sir J. Fraser Stoddart heeft de Groningse hoogleraar Ben Feringa de Nobelprijs voor de Scheikunde gewonnen. ‘Te gek’, reageert de Leidse chemicus Sylvestre Bonnet, die bij Sauvage promoveerde.

Met grafeen door het lichaam reizen

Het is onderzoekers voor het eerst gelukt grafeen op een stabiele laag vetten, ofwel lipiden, te plaatsen. Omringd door een beschermende laag van lipiden zou grafeen in het lichaam als een veelzijdige sensor kunnen dienen. De resultaten zijn de eerste stap naar zo’n omhulsel en zijn op 28 september gepubliceerd in het blad Nanoscale.


In August 2016, papers by Oscar Diaz-Morales, Yi-Fan Huang and Thom Hersbach were published in Nature Communications. For a press release see:

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.

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