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Scientific highlights

Annual Report 2017

Results: 1 - 20 of 25
Results: 1 - 20 of 25
  • Formation of amyloid fibrils - high salt
    Formation of amyloid fibrils highly susceptible to salt concentration
    6 Feb 2017
    By combining two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy, Amsterdam researchers have established that the spatial structure of amyloid fibrils related to Parkinson's disease is highly dependent ...
  • The unexpected supramolecular chemistry of nitrate anions
    21 Feb 2017
    A team of researchers with Dr Tiddo J. Mooibroek of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute of Molecular Sciences (HIMS) argue that the nitrate anion (NO3¯) can display a counterintuitive Lewis acidity. ...
  • Acquatolide
    Amsterdam aquatolide synthesis enables Science publication on NMR
    11 Apr 2017
    A sample of the natural compound aquatolide, synthesized in the Synthetic Organic Chemistry laboratory of professor Henk Hiemstra at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, played a pivotal role in American ...
  • hydrophobin
    Unravelling the secrets of a fungal 'raincoat'
    14 Apr 2017
    Using advanced interfacial spectroscopy combined with spectral calculations, Amsterdam researchers have determined essential properties of extremely water repelling natural hydrophobin films at the molecular level. ...
  • dual-mode humidity sensing material
    Smart materials design leads to new dual-mode humidity sensing
    17 Apr 2017
    Dr Stefania Tanase Grecea and co-researchers at the University of Amsterdam’s Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry have demonstrated the first dual-mode humidity sensing material. Based on a lanthanide-based ...
  • New iron-catalyst for synthesis of cyclic amines
    Record breaking reactivity of new iron catalyst for synthesis of cyclic amines
    20 Apr 2017
    Chemists at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have developed a very efficient way to selectively produce amines, which are prevalent as a functional group in both bulk ...
  • UvA
    Temperature- and light-responsive switch for acetylene/ethylene separation
    25 Apr 2017
    Following previous work on metal-organic framework (MOF), professor Rajamani Krishna of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) contributed to an international study on a novel temperature- and ...
  • Simulation and study of the behaviour of old paints
    30 Apr 2017
    Oil paintings are subject to slow changes affecting both their external appearance and internal structure. HIMS PhD student Joen Hermans has managed to recreate the molecular structure of old oil paints. He will ...
  • New cobalt catalyst for highly selective synthesis of cyclic amines
    8 May 2017
    Researchers of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have developed a cobalt-based catalyst for the direct synthesis of various N-heterocycles from aliphatic azides by ...
  • Enzymatic dissolution of lignin in water
    15 May 2017
    Researchers of the University of Amsterdam's Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry have developed a new approach to dissolving lignin in water. They used a simple and effective enzymatic process under ambient ...
  • quasi[1]catenane
    Amsterdam chemists synthesize molecular pretzels
    25 May 2017
    Chemists at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have discovered a new class of molecules. This week they report in Nature Communications on their synthesis method leading to ...
  • Sustainable chemistry students Ilse Denekamp and Jasper Biemolt
    Sustainable Chemistry students print their way to new and powerful supercapacitors
    13 Jun 2017
    Students at the University of Amsterdam's Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry have tripled the specific capacitance of nitrogen-doped carbons: new materials with potential applications in fast energy storage ...
  • Using photoluminescent nanorods as ultimate probes of fluid flow
    19 Jun 2017
    A Franco-Dutch international collaboration involving researchers from the laboratories of Condensed Matter Physics and Hydrodynamics at Paris-Saclay University and the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at ...
  • Microwave spectroscopy reveals structural details of motor molecule
    5 Sep 2017
    A team of scientists including professor Wybren Jan Buma of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) has published a study unravelling the exact structure of the tiny ...
  • From hydrogen sulfide waste to sustainable hydrogen and sulfur
    8 Sep 2017
    In a collaborative project of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) with the State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals in Dalian (China), researchers have succeeded in the ...
  • Rational optimization of catalysts for asymmetric hydrogenation
    25 Sep 2017
    A team of chemists led by professors Joost Reek and Bas de Bruin at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences has developed a strategy to optimise catalyst design through ...
  • Taming radicals to synthesize napthalenes and dienes
    23 Oct 2017
    Chemists in the group of professor Bas de Bruin at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have developed a method to synthesize dihydronaphthalenes from linear substrates, ...
  • First UvA manuscript on new ChemRxiv preprint server
    24 Oct 2017
    A team of researchers and students of the Molecular Photonics research group at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have published their research manuscript regarding perovskite materials on the ...
  • A stronger twist to cytotoxic amyloid fibrils
    24 Oct 2017
    Researchers from Amsterdam and Enschede have for the first time performed a structural comparison of two types of amyloid fibrils that have been associated with Parkinson’s disease. Using a combination of ...
  • Art science innovation aids forensic criminal investigation
    13 Nov 2017
    Based upon a technique originally developed for imaging chemical elements in paintings and other works of art, Dutch researchers have established a new method for detecting ‘hard to find’ and concealed forensic ...