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Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

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Research at HIMS is organized in four themes, in which we operate at the forefront of the molecular sciences. Our portfolio reflects a healthy balance between curiosity-driven and application-oriented research.


HIMS staff provides chemistry education at the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels. In addition, we contribute to several interdisciplinary programmes offered at the University of Amsterdam.


Knowledge transfer to industry and society is in our DNA. We are always looking for partnerships with industry to identify research questions that matter and turn innovative ideas into reality.
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6 April 2020
In recognition of his scientific contributions, Chemistry Europe has named Prof. Bas de Bruin one of its Fellows. De Bruin, who is professor of Bio-inspired Sustainable Catalysis at the University of Amsterdam's Van ...
30 March 2020
Dr Amanda Garcia has been awarded a highly competitive tenure-track grant of 950,000 euros from the NWO program on electrochemical conversion and materials (ECCM). Focussing on electrocatalysis and electro-organic ...
19 March 2020
Researchers from the Biocatalysis group at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences present the first account of applying immobilised ω-aminotransferase enzymes in neat organic ...