About HIMS

Chemistry research that matters

The mission of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is the design, synthesis, analysis, theoretical and fundamental understanding and application of novel functional (supra-) molecular systems with well-defined structural and physical properties and selective reactivity, to be able to address important issues in science and society.

HIMS is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science (FNWI) of the University of Amsterdam. HIMS houses 135 staff members from 34 nationalities. Together they publish approximately 200 peer reviewed scientific articles,  20 PhD theses and on average 4 patents per year. 

Focus on relevance

Chemistry research at the University of Amsterdam has a long-standing tradition of focusing on relevance. Researchers from different chemistry disciplines have combined forces within the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS). In our joint effort we aim to achieve synergy in computing, understanding, implementing, demonstrating and validating molecular solutions to the important problems facing society today.

Molecular sciences

Research at HIMS is organized in four multidisciplinary research themes, covering fields in chemical sciences where in the next decade interesting new developments and important breakthroughs are anticipated. All four themes share molecular sciences as a binding factor, as is reflected in the name of the institute. 

Valorisation is in our DNA

Knowledge transfer to industry and society is in the DNA of HIMS. In our valorisation efforts we are always looking for partnerships with industry to identify research questions that matter, transfer our knowledge and turn innovative ideas into reality.

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Published by  HIMS

21 April 2017