Research at HIMS
The research of the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) targets sophisticated (supra-)molecular systems, with well-defined structural and physical properties and selective reactivity. Our challenge is the design, synthesis and analysis as well as the theoretical and fundamental understanding of these promising molecular systems.
Research at HIMS is organized in four multidisciplinary research themes, covering fields in chemical sciences where in the next decade interesting new developments and important breakthroughs are anticipated. In the long term the HIMS research topics are envisaged to be pivotal for the development of a sustainable society.
All four themes share molecular sciences as a binding factor, as is reflected in the name of the institute. Within HIMS, we work on catalysis, human health, devices, etc., from a molecular perspective, rather than from a process-engineering, pharmaceutical, or technological perspective.
On an organizational level the HIMS research is carried out within nine research groups.