BAZIS equipment grants for UvA/VU chemistry research

20 April 2012

Chemistry researchers of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS, UvA) together with colleagues of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) have been 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.

Chemistry researchers of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS, UvA) together with colleagues of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) have been 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.

The BAZIS-grants enable a renewal of essential equipment for chemistry research groups in the focus areas of the sector plan Physics and Chemistry ('sectorplan Natuur- en Scheikunde').

Structure elucidation

The research in synthetic chemistry and catalysis at HIMS constitutes a broad spectrum of topics with focus on the development of new synthetic methodologies and of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic processes. Direct access to mass spectrometric equipment is essential for the analysis of the large variety of compounds obtained during the synthesis of target compounds or as the result of new catalytic processes.

The BAZIS grant in the focus area of Synthesis and Catalysis enhances the infrastructure for structural determination by the purchase of a high-resolution mass spectrometer. The resolution and accuracy of the new instrument renders it well suited for routine measurements of the accurate mass of various compounds and thus for a determination of the elemental composition of new chemical compounds, which is an essential condition for publishing the results of the research in synthesis and catalysis.

HIMS researchers involved in this research are Steen Ingemann, Joost Reek, Kees Elsevier, Henk Hiemstra and Gadi Rothenberg.

Photons for chemistry

'Photons for chemistry' is a joint proposal by three researchers of the LaserLab Amsterdam in the focus area of analytical chemistry and spectroscopy. The interaction between light and matter is a unique approach for obtaining a fundamental understanding of the behavior of molecules. The proposed (laser)spectroscopic infrastructure enables profound studies in photonics with emphasis on original molecular systems and materials with pre-programmed characteristics.

HIMS researchers involved in this research are Fred Brouwer and Wybren Jan Buma.

Amsterdam virtual chemistry laboratory

This joint research proposal is part of the sector plan in the focus area of Computational Chemistry. The project aims at a further integration of the research in the Amsterdam Centre for Multiscale Modeling (ACMM).

With the grant, a virtual chemistry laboratory will be developed and equipped with hundreds of modern computing cores and a broad range of software for chemical research. With the virtual laboratory, molecular processes can be studied by more methods in more detail than ever before. The research topics include the design of photosynthetic and supramolecular materials and catalysts, and the discovery new pharmaceutically active compounds.

HIMS researchers involved in this research are Peter Bolhuis, Evert Jan Meijer and Joost Reek.

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