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.


Célia Fonseca Guerra appointed as Extraordinary Professor of Applied Theoretical Chemistry

Since February 1, 2017 Célia Fonseca Guerra is appointed as extraordinary professor at the LIC with a chair in applied theoretical chemistry. She will be a member of the Theoretical Chemistry group. Her research interests are related to bioinorganic chemistry and catalysis and her appointment at the LIC will strengthen the collaboration with the MCBIM group.

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.

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).

PNAS publication on protein encounter complexes

A new approach to characterize encounter states of protein complexes has been published in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (PNAS) by the research groups of Prof. Ubbink and Prof. Luchinat (University of Florence).

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.

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