Our focus

Twenty years from now, the world population is estimated to be around 8.3 billion people (now 7.2 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.


ERC Starting Grant voor chemicus Sander van Kasteren

Kunnen suikerpatronen op cellen het immuunsysteem activeren om kanker te bestrijden? Sander van Kasteren gebruikt de beurs van de European Research Council (ERC) om te ontdekken of dit mogelijk is.

ERC Starting Grant voor chemicus Dennis Hetterscheid

De Leidse chemicus Dennis Hetterscheid krijgt een ERC Starting Grant voor onderzoek naar de omzetting van zonlicht in duurzame en op grote schaal transporteerbare energie. Hij wil dit bewerkstelliggen met op de natuur geïnspireerde katalysatoren.

CASC and MCBIM on biomass conversion in Leiden University Weekly

Lies Bouwman (MCBIM) and Marc Koper (CASC) were interviewed by “Mare” about their recent work funded by Catchbio and published in ChemSusChem: http://www.mareonline.nl/archive/2014/12/03/voor-als-de-olie-op-is

Dated shells from the Dubois’ Java Man site suggest that Homo Erectus in Java is 1 million years younger than previously thought

Professor Jan Wijbrans holds an appointment as Leiden University Fund sponsored extraordinary professor of Geology in the Science Faculty, and his basis in the faculty is the SSNMR group of the LIC, where he collaborates with professor Huub de Groot on the time scales of early life in very old sedimentary rocks. 

Anthe Janssen receives Unilever Research Prize 2014

Anthe Janssen graduated ‘summa cum laude’ for the master’s programme Chemistry. He used NMR methods to gain insight in the syntheses and behavior of bio sugars. With this knowledge future therapeutics and research tools in hemical and medicinal biology can be developed. Anthe was awarded € 2.500.

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