Prizes, grants and honours 2016
Fleur van Beek wins poster prize at national chemistry conference
Interactive poster design explains novel analytical chemistry concept
PhD Student Fleur van Beek of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) was awarded the COAST prize for best analytical chemistry poster during the annual Dutch chemistry conference CHAINS 2016 held last week in Veldhoven. She designed an "interactive" poster explaining the MAnIAC project of the HIMS Analytical Chemistry group.
Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt receives ECHO grant for novel amination concept
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded chemist dr.ir. Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences an ECHO project grant of 260,000 euros. Van der Vlugt will use the grant for the development of a novel method for the controlled, selective and efficient conversion of alkenes to amines.
Ron Wever receives Vanadis award
for his seminal research on vanadium haloperoxidases
Emeritus professor Ron Wever of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) has been named the recipient of the 7th Vanadis Award for his research on vanadium haloperoxidases. Wever, former head of the Biocatalysis research group at HIMS, has spent a considerable part of his scientific career investigating these enzymes both in fundamental and application-oriented perspectives.
Bert Wouters wins Solvay Award
for development of a microfluidic chip enabling high-efficiency liquid chromatography separation
Postdoc researcher Dr Bert Wouters of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is awarded the 'Solvay Award' for his groundbreaking PhD research on the development of a microfluidic chip for spatial three-dimensional liquid chromatography. The prize will be presented to Wouters on 23 October in Brussels during the Solvay Public Event on ‘Chemistry for the World of Tomorrow', organised by the International Solvay Institutes.
KNCV Van Marumpenning 2016 awarded to Jan van Maarseveen
The Royal Netherlands Chemical Society KNCV has awarded professor Jan van Maarseveen of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences its 'Van Marumpenning' in recognition of his contributions to the societal relevance and the public image of chemistry. He will receive the prize on 13 October at the KNCV event the 'Avond van de chemie' in Leiden.
KIEM grant for research into small cyclic peptides
Professor Jan van Maarseveen of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (research group Synthetic Organic Chemistry) has recently been awarded a KIEM grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO for his research into small cyclic peptides.
Ties Korstanje receives VENI grant for biomass conversion research
Dr. Ties Korstanje of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences has been awarded a VENI grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He will receive a maximum of 250,000 euros for his three year research project into the conversion of non-edible parts of plants into a sustainable feedstock for the chemical industry.
Rubicon grant for Danny Broere
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Rubicon grant to HIMS PhD graduate Danny Broere. It enables him to conduct research for a period of two years at Yale University, New Haven (US).
European funding for N.R. Shiju
The European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO) and the North-Holland province have awarded full funding to the Green Innovation Cluster (GIC) initiative of Greenport Aalsmeer and the University of Amsterdam. The project aims to fortify the economic strength of the agricultural industry in the Amsterdam metropolitan area in a sustainable manner through the collaboration of public and private sector.
Vidi grant for Tiddo Mooibroek
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Vidi grant to Tiddo Mooibroek of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS). The grant of 800,000 euro enables him to form his own research group and develop innovative research in the field of supramolecular catalysis, aiming to ease the synthesis of complex carbohydrates.
Jurn Heinen and Bert Vercnocke win FameLab Amsterdam
A professional jury of scientists and science communication professionals chose Jurn Heinen (PhD candidate at UvA-HIMS) and Bert Vercnocke (postdoc at UvA-IOP) as the winners of the first Amsterdam heat of FameLab. FameLab is an international competition in science communication for young scientists and the Amsterdam heat was jointly organised by the science faculties of UvA and VU.
Prestigious ERC Advanced Grants
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a prestigious Advanced Grant to Prof. Peter Schoenmakers (HIMS), Prof. Albert Polman and Prof. Huib Bakker. Schoenmakers receives this grant for his research project ‘Separation Technology for A Million Peaks’ (STAMP); Polman for the development of time-resolved cathodoluminescence microscopy, and Bakker for his research into proton conduction in structured water.
CSER funding for ACMM
Researchers of the Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling (ACMM) have been awarded new funding through the ‘Computational Sciences for Energy Research' (CSER) public-private partnership, a multi-million euro research initiative of Shell, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM).
Amsterdam chemistry students excel at KNCV poster competition
At the PAC symposium held 3 March at Leiden University, UvA chemistry student Marianne Lankelma has won the Young KNCV Poster Competition. Tessel Bouwens, also a UvA chemistry student, ended as runner-up. Xander Schaapkens from VU University took home the third prize.
NWO TOP grant for Bas de Bruin and Sustainable Chemistry
Professor Bas de Bruin of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences and the research priority area Sustainable Chemistry has received a € 780.000 TOP grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO. Together with three PhD students he aims to develop the use of so-called 'hypovalent' molecules in catalysis. It is expected this will enable a more efficient synthesis of medicines, fragrances, flavors and materials.
KIEM funding for Moniek Tromp
Dr Moniek Tromp of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences and the research priority area Sustainable Chemistry has received KIEM funding from the Innovation Fund Chemistry. Together with the Amsterdam-based start-up E-stone Batteries Tromp will investigate the working of a new and innovative electrode for nickel-iron batteries.