Prizes, grants and honours 2012
NWO Athena premium for Jocelyn Vreede
Dr. Jocelyne Vreede of the Computational Chemistry Group received an Athena premium from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
With this premium, the NWO Division for the Chemical Sciences (CW) wants to encourage the appointment of talented female researchers within chemistry, who have acquired a Veni subsidy, as tenured assistant professors (or a similar permanent position at a research institute).
Jocelyne received her Veni subsidy in 2008. She investigates how proteins interact with each other on a molecular level by means of computer modelling . The Athena premium, worth € 100,000, will be used for new computer equipment dedicated to modeling the formation of protein-DNA bridges in bacteria.
FOM 'projectruimte' grant for proton research
The Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) awarded a 'Projectruimte' grant to dr. Sander Woutersen (Molecular Photonics) and prof. dr. Huib Bakker (affiliate professor and group leader at the FOM institute AMOLF). In their research project The Protonic Hall Effect they will study the way in which protons move through water. The grant consists of a PhD position and an investment budget of kE 195.
ECHO grant for molecular lassos
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded chemist dr. Jan van Maarseveen of the Synthetic Organic Chemistry group an ECHO project grant of 260,000 euros. Van Maarseveen will use the grant for the study of so-called lasso peptides.
BAZIS equipment grants for UvA/VU chemistry research
HIMS researchers together with colleagues of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) were awarded so-called BAZIS-grants (Basic Equipment for Research Themes in Chemical Focus Areas) by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Joint Dutch-Chinese research on photonic nanomaterials financed by KNAW
In the framework of the China Exchange Program between the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and its Chinese counterpart, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), a research proposal on the medical application of novel photonic nanomaterials was granted. A total sum of 400.000 euro was awarded to a consortium of HIMS researchers (Dr. Hong Zhang, Prof. Wybren Jan Buma), the AMC (Dr. Maurice Aalders, Prof. Ton van Leeuwen), and the Chanchung Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC) (Prof. Hongjie Zhang).
Vici grant of 1,5 million euro for Jos Oomens
The Netherlands Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded Jos Oomens of the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen a prestigious Vici grant. Oomens is also professor at the Molecular Photonics group at HIMS.
Bas de Bruin receives 1,5 million euro Vici grant
The Netherlands Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded HIMS researcher Bas de Bruin a prestigious Vici grant. He receives 1,5 million euro for his research on understanding and developing (new) homogeneous catalytic reactions.
Major NWO grant for researching paints used in fine arts
Within the framework of Science4Arts programme, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded funding for the project ‘How paint changes: consequences for conservation, presentation and preservation of paintings from Van Eyck to Mondriaan'. This 'PAinT' project will be carried out by Dr Katrien Keune (HIMS), Dr Annelies van Loon (the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis) and Maartje Stols-Witlox, lecturer in the Restoration Studies Master’s programme. HIMS professor Piet Iedema (Polymer Systems group) is responsible for the mathematical modelling of the aging of paint layers.
Strong role for HIMS in new Dutch research programme in Analytical Sciences
The Analytical Chemistry Group took the lead in two of nine research projects within the framework of the so-called Technology Area Comprehensive Analytical Sciences and Technology (TA-COAST). Professor Peter Schoenmakers is in charge of the project on Hyperformance liquid chromatography. Assistant professor Gabriel Vivó-Truyols heads the Chromametrics project.