Selected publications 2012

ACS Nano

A team of scientists has developed a multifunctional nanoplatform for photodynamic therapy of cancer that can be activated by absorption of near-infrared light (NIR). It has now become possible to simultaneously perform photodynamic therapy and to image the therapeutic site. To obtain this breakthrough Dr. Hong Zhang (HIMS) closely collaborated with Dr. Maurice Aalders (AMC, UvA) and Prof. Xianggui Kong (CIOMP, Chinese Academy of Science). The work was published in ACS Nano.

  • Covalently Assembled NIR Nanoplatform for Simultaneous Fluorescence Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer Cells, Kai Liu, Xiaomin Liu, Qinghui Zeng, Youlin Zhang, Langping Tu, Tao Liu, Xianggui Kong, Yinghui Wang, Feng Cao, Saskia A.G. Lambrechts, Maurice C.G. Aalders, and Hong Zhang, ACS Nano Doi 10.1021/nn300436b

Angewandte Chemie

A team of Dutch, German and Spanish scientists has revealed the mechanism of rhodium catalyzed stereospecific ‘carbene’ polymerization reactions. These reactions allow the synthesis of new types of polymers. Annemarie Walters, dr. M. Pilar del Río, prof. dr. Joost Reek and dr. Bas de Bruin of the Homogeneous and Supramolecular Catalysis group made a major contribution to the research, published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

  • 'Stereospecific Carbene Polymerization with Oxygenated Rh(diene) Species', A. J. C. Walters, O. Troeppner, I. Ivanović-Burmazović, C. Tejel, M. P. del Río, J. N. H. Reek, B. de Bruin, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2012, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201200069

Nature Chemistry

Dr. Bas de Bruin of the Homogeneous and Supramolecular Catalysis group succesfully collaborated with German chemists from the University of Erlangen and the Max-Planck Institute for Bio-Inorganic Chemistry in Mülheim. Together they detected for the first time a  transition metal complex containing an atomic ‘nitridyl radical’ ligand. Such atomic nitrogen ligands play an important role in - amongst others - catalytic activation of molecular nitrogen (Haber-Bosch ammonia synthesis). The results were published in 'Nature Chemistry'.

  • Closed-shell and open-shell square-planar iridium nitrido complexes Markus G. Scheibel, Bjorn Askevold, Frank W. Heinemann, Edward J. Reijerse, Bas de Bruin, Sven Schneider Nature Chemistry, 2012, advance online publication, DOI: 10.1038/NCHEM.1368

Nature Communications

HIMS professor R. Krishna contributed to research on a porous metal-organic framework that can absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). Because of their low cost and non-toxic nature, metal-organic frameworks could become viable alternatives to the solvents that are presently used to chemically absorb CO2 in industrial processes. In this publication a metal-organic framework is presented with high efficiencies at ambient temperatures and pressures.

  • Shengchang Xiang, Yabing He, Zhangjing Zhang, Hui Wu, Wei Zhou, Rajamani Krishna & Banglin Chen. Microporous metal-organic framework with potential for carbon dioxide capture at ambient conditions.  Nature Communications 3, 2012. Article number: 954 doi:10.1038/ncomms1956

Nature Nanotechnology

Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz in collaboration with the Biocatalysis research group of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (University of Amsterdam) discovered that tiny vanadium pentoxide nanowires can inhibit the growth of bacteria and algae on surfaces in contact with seawater. Their findings were published by Nature Nanotechnology.

  • Filipe Natalio, Rute André, Aloysius F. Hartog, Brigitte Stoll, Klaus Peter Jochum, Ron Wever & Wolfgang Tremel, Vanadium pentoxide nanoparticles mimic vanadium haloperoxidases and thwart biofilm formation, Nature Nanotechnology, Published online  01 July 2012, doi:10.1038/nnano.2012.91


Computer simulations carried out by professor Rajamani Krishna of the Computational Chemistry group demonstrate the considerable potential of an iron-based 'metal organic framework' (MOF) for the separation of propene/propane and ethene/ethane mixtures. Krishna participated in international research published in Science magazine.

  • Eric D. Bloch, Wendy L. Queen, Rajamani Krishna, Joseph M. Zadrozny, Craig M. Brown, Jeffrey R. Long: Hydrocarbon Separations in a Metal-Organic Framework with Open Iron(II) Coordination Sites Science, 30 March 2012, vol. 335 no.6076 pp. 1606-1610 DOI: 10.1126/science.1217544

Published by  HIMS

16 November 2015