Research at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry

Our mission

Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. Chemistry researchers at Leiden University take a fundamental approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems in human health and environmental issues. The Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is the basis for research and collaborations of the Leiden chemistry groups.

Our focus

Fundamental Research in Chemical Biology

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.

Fundamental Research in Energy & Sustainability

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.

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