Prizes, grants and honours 2015
Bas de Bruin wins 2015 Lecturer of the Year award
During the 384th Dies Natalis, Bas de Bruin was named 2015 Lecturer of the Year by the Student Council and the ASVA Student Union. De Bruin is Professor of Bio-Inspired Sustainable Catalysis at the Faculty of Science.
Prestigious Humboldt Fellowship awarded to Sérgio Domingos
Studying molecular handedness using microwave fields
Former HRSMC-HIMS PhD student Sérgio Domingos has been awarded a Humboldt Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers. He plans to employ high precision spectroscopy to reveal dynamic stereo-selectivity in chiral molecules.
Bas de Bruin Faculty Lecturer of the Year 2015
Professor Bas de Bruin of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences has been elected Lecturer of the Year 2015 by the students of the Faculty of Science.
Prize for sensitive detection of tuberculosis bacteria
At the NanoCity2015 conference held earlier this month in Amersfoort, chemistry PhD student Marta Mourão received an award for her poster 'Can we use Biomarkers in Sputum for Early Diagnosis of Tuberculosis?'. Marta received a certificate and 500 euro.
Analytical chemist Bob Pirok wins Shimadzu Young Scientist Award
At the HPLC2015 conference in Beijing, Bob Pirok of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences was awarded a Shimadzu Young Scientist Award. The PhD student from the Analytical Chemistry research group was the only non-Chinese recipient among five award winners.
Dick Stufkens Prijs 2015 awarded to chemist Tatu Kumpulainen
For innovative research into photo activated acids
The Dick Stufkens Prijs for the best PhD thesis of the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC) has been awarded to Dr Tatu S. Kumpulainen for his thesis “Proton-Transfer Reactions in ‘Super’ Photoacids and Supramolecular Assemblies”. It describes his innovative research into methods for photo activation of acid-base reactions. Kumpulainen will receive his prize on 5 November at the annual HRSMC symposium in Amsterdam.
CASSS honours Peter Schoenmakers for outstanding achievements in separation science
The international society for separation science CASSS has awarded professor Peter Schoenmakers its annual award for outstanding achievements in separation science. He received his award during the 43rd International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques (HPLC 2015) in Beijing, China.
Peter Schoenmakers honored with Csaba Horváth Memorial Award
At the Balaton Symposium on High-Performance Separation Methods, held last week in Siófok at Lake Balaton in Hungary, HIMS professor Peter Schoenmakers was awarded the Csaba Horváth Memorial Award, an honorable distinction in the field of separation science.
LIFT funding for HIMS researchers
Research projects in peptide synthesis and bio-inspired supramolecular catalysis
Professors Jan van Maarseveen and Joost Reek of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have both received funding through the LIFT programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO. In two public-private partnership projects a PhD student and a postdoc researcher will be employed.
HIMS researcher Hong Zhang receives 1 million euro NCI-TA grant
Targeted, molecular radiotherapy by integration of chemistry and nanotechnology
Young Scientist Award
Postdoc researcher Andrea F.G. Gargano won the Csaba Horváth Young Scientist Award for his presentation on “High Efficiency Separations of Peptides and Proteins Using Actively Modulated LC×LC-HRMS”.
PhD student Henrik Cornelisson van de Ven won an Agilent Best Poster Award with his poster on "In-Column-Focusing: Novel modulation approach in Two-dimensional liquid chromatography".
Jurn Heinen runner-up in 2015 UvA Thesis Prize contest
Chemistry graduate Jurn Heinen has finished second in the competition for the UvA Thesis Prize 2015. At the UvA University Day on 6 June, Heinen won 2000 euro with his MSc thesis on the computational modeling of a catalytic alumina surface.
Hightech Materials funding for "PhoTo" project
Professor Piet Iedema of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences has recently been awarded 200.000 euro in the STW "Hightech Materials" funding scheme for his research project "Photocuring created network Topologies" (PhoTo). In cooperation with Océ, a Canon company, he will model the photo-initiated curing of acrylate-based polymers. It is expected this will lead to better control of the properties of polyacrylate materials, for instance in future 3-D printing.
Funding for novel catalysis research
"In-the-box" ideas awarded a two million euro grant
The groups of professors Gadi Rothenberg, Joost Reek (both UvA) and Ben Feringa (RUG) are starting a large-scale collaboration on "Catalysis in Confined Spaces". Their project was awarded a two million euro TOP-PUNT grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The UvA research will be part of the Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry .
Funding for Hong Zhang in European cancer project
Associate professor Dr Hong Zhang of the Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) has received funding as partner in the European project "Image-Guided Surgery and Personalised Postoperative Immunotherapy To Improving Cancer Outcome (ISPIC)". The HIMS contribution to this project will consist of the research efforts of two PhD students for a period of 1.5 to 2 years.
Vidi grants for Moniek Tromp and Annemieke Petrignani
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Vidi grants to Moniek Tromp and Annemieke Petrignani of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS). They both will receive a maximum of 800,000 euros to develop an innovative research theme and form their own research group.
Horizon 2020 grant links nanotechnology with art
Dr Katrien Keune of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) has received a European H2020 grant within the NANORESTART programme (NANOmaterials for the RESToration works of ART).
Making Analytically Incompatible Approaches Compatible (MAnIAC)
Substantial funding for innovative public-private partnership in analytical science
An innovative research project in the analytical sciences has received substantial funding by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO. The MAnIAC project, led by Prof. Peter Schoenmakers of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, aims at combining analytical methods that until now have been considered incompatible. The total project budget is over a million euro.
Take-off grant for alternative bioplastics
Grant will aid UvA spin-off company Plantics in bringing bio-plastics to market
Professor Gadi Rothenberg of the Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry was awarded a first-phase valorisation grant by the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW) to try and bring to market the innovation of Plantics – alternative plastics made from plants.
SOLARDAM consortium receives AAA funding
The SOLARDAM consortium, which includes FNWI institutes IoP, HIMS and SILS, has received initial funding from the Amsterdam Academic Alliance (AAA). With this funding for SOLARDAM, VU and UvA have the unique opportunity to establish a coherent solar energy research programme based on the concentrated expertise in the Amsterdam area.