Public outreach and media coverage 2012

Albert Alberts at BNR

At the Dutch station Business News Radio HIMS scientist Albert Alberts (Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry) is interviewed about his invention of biodegradable plastic (Dutch).

Gadi Rothenberg and Albert Alberts in National Geographic

The two researchers of the Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry Group are featured in the National Geographic edition for the Netherlands and Belgium with their development of biodegradable plastic (Dutch).

Science meets art 

Researchers from the Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry group developed a process to use their newly developed, patented biodegradable material for construction plates. In addition to this they were tempted to turn such plates into pieces of art. One of these was presented to the president of the University of Amsterdam, Louise Gunning-Schepers and the dean of the Faculty of Science, Bart Noordam.

HIMS researchers featured in 'Focus on research'

With the 'Focus on Research' series the University of Amsterdam brings its high profile projects to the attention of the general public. Both Arian van Asten and Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt were  portrayed in this series.

Arian van Asten of the Analytical Chemistry group has been busy setting up the new Amsterdam Centre for Forensic Studies (ACFS) together with Maurice Aalders of the Amsterdam Medical Center.

Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt (Homogeneous and Supramolecular Catalysis) was interviewed on his catalysis research. He foresees a dramatic change in the near future. Catalysis will become cleaner, cheaper, smarter, and more effective. Inspired by nature.

Glass house lecture by Gadi Rothenberg

The year 2012 marks the 380th anniversary of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). In honour of this 76th ‘lustrum’ (anniversary occurring every five years), the UvA celebrated the opening of the academic year on a grand scale with the ‘Glass House of Science and Scholarship’. Gadi Rothenberg was among a host of inspiring and renowned UvA professors holding lectures on the major questions arising in their fields of study.

HIMS at Doors Open Day Science Park

On Saturday, 6 October 2012, the Science Park was open to the public. Tours, demonstrations and more was offered to visitors who were curious about the scientific work carried out here. The institutes of the Faculty of Science contribute to this yearly event and also HIMS was represented. HIMS researchers could be found e.g. demonstrating chemical experiments.


chemical experiments in main hall

HIMS student Arnout Hartendorp at the demonstration of chemical experiments in the central hall

Published by  HIMS

11 April 2017