Synthetic Organic Chemistry

-SOC group for short-

SOC group logo

Welcome to the website of the Synthetic Organic Chemistry (SOC) group of the University of Amsterdam! On these pages you can find out about our research and educational activities.

Navigating our site is easy: just click on the headwords to the left or below

Our group is part of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) and is led by professor Henk Hiemstra, associate professor Jan van Maarseveen, associate professor Steen Ingemann Jørgensen and assistant professor Tati Fernandez. Our group consists of PhD students, technicians, analysts, master and bachelor students (2nd and 3rd years)


Prof. dr. H. Henk) Hiemstra

Professor Henk Hiemstra (group leader)



In our research we aim at

  • the development of new synthetic methodologies
  • the (enantioselective) synthesis of biologically active molecules, using methodologies developed in our own group or in other groups

In several research projects we cooperate with national and international chemical and pharmaceutical companies, sharing our expertise.

We have excellent research facilities. In addition to modern synthetic laboratory equipment, up-to-date spectroscopic tools are available such as routine NMR machines (300, 400 and 500 MHz), LC-MS and prep-HPLC systems. Also X-Ray crystallography and Mass spectrometric services are readily available within the HIMS.


Our academic educational activities range from Bachelor's and Master's courses to (post-)graduate training.  



Should you like to get in touch with us, don't hesitate to pick up the phone, e-mail or write! The group is located in building E, 2nd floor. See the map on the right for more details.

Prof. dr. Henk Hiemstra
Synthetic Organic Chemistry Group
Van 't Hoff Institute For Molecular Sciences
University of Amsterdam
PO Box 94157
1090 GD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Visiting address:
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam

Phone: +31-20-525 5941
Fax: +31-20-525 5670

Please click below for details on how to reach us.

Map of the Science Park Amsterdam.

Published by  HIMS

30 March 2015