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Annual Report 2018

Results: 1 - 20 of 23
Results: 1 - 20 of 23
  • Towards pericyclic organophosphorus chemistry
    29 Jan 2018
    Organic chemists at the group of Dr Chris Slootweg of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (University of Amsterdam) have successfully expanded the field of pericyclic organophosphorus chemistry for the ...
  • Precisely tailoring the dynamics of upconversion luminescence
    31 Jan 2018
    A team of researchers led by Professors Hong Zhang (photonic nanochemistry) and Evert Jan Meijer (computational chemistry) of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences has ...
  • Amsterdam chemists make bicycle-like molecular drive
    7 Feb 2018
    Molecular cars have been known for some time, but scientists from the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) and the University of Murcia have now synthesized molecules that ...
  • Luminescent molecules help reveal new insights in friction
    4 Mar 2018
    The proportionality of friction to normal force, first discovered by Leonardo da Vinci, is nowadays still being used extensively. However, a team of researchers including HIMS professor Fred Brouwer show that Da ...
  • Indication of existence of two kinds of supercooled water
    10 Mar 2018
    Although predicted already 25 years ago, the existence of two different states of liquid water - at extremely low temperature and high pressure - has never been confirmed experimentally. HIMS researchers together ...
  • UvA chemists shed light on intermediate steps in cascade reactions
    19 Mar 2018
    Researchers at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have developed a theoretical concept that describes tandem reactions for active particles on active surfaces. The ...
  • Oil paint from the lab offers insight into ageing of Old Masters
    30 Mar 2018
    A team of chemists of the Rijksmuseum and the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences has uncovered new details about the ageing processes in oil paintings. A specially developed model ...
  • Novel, water-stable metal-organic framework for selective CO2 adsorption
    17 Apr 2018
    Researchers of the University of Amsterdam’s Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry have developed a novel porous material capable of selectively adsorbing CO2. In the journal Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers they ...
  • The Innocent, the Guilty and the Suspicious
    21 Apr 2018
    Chemistry researchers including Prof. Bas de Bruin of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute of Molecular Sciences (HIMS) are featured on the cover of Chemistry, A European Journal, in an image inspired ...
  • Isotope effect reveals non-cooperative water dynamics in salt solutions
    23 May 2018
    Water molecules surrounding ions behave in a much less cooperative way than they do in bulk water. This follows from a study on the isotope-dependent dielectric response of salt solutions, which has just been ...
  • Competetive solar fuels within two decades
    8 Jul 2018
    According to a techno-economic analysis by researchers from the UvA research priority area Sustainable Chemistry and TNO, the industrial synthesis of renewable hydrogen, syngas, methanol and diesel could become ...
  • Sustainable Chemistry Research in SciTech Europa Quarterly
    10 Jul 2018
    Research of the Inorganic Materials team of the Sustainable Chemistry research priority area was recently highlighted in SciTech Europa Quarterly. The team, led by Dr Stefania Grecea, develops efficient, selective, ...
  • Supramolecular nanoconcentrators boost performance of water oxidation catalyst
    12 Jul 2018
    By applying their 'nanoconcentrator' concept of functionalized self-assembled nanospheres to a ruthenium-based water oxidation catalyst, researchers from the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for ...
  • Biocatalysis project showcased in magazine 'EU Research'
    28 Aug 2018
    The European research project Biosusamin and its principal investigator Dr Francesco Mutti are featured in the current edition of the magazine 'EU Research'. Mutti is assistant professor at the University of ...
  • Sustainable and very selective biocatalytic conversion of aldehydes to carboxylic acids
    30 Aug 2018
    The Biocatalysis research group led by Dr Francesco Mutti of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) has developed the first viable biocatalytic 'green' process for the ...
  • Colourant study offers mechanistic insight in Lewis acid-base coupling
    17 Sep 2018
    Associate professor Chris Slootweg and co-workers at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have developed the synthesis of a unique set of arylazophosphonium salts with easily ...
  • Physics2Market grant for promising research to improve cold-stress tolerance of plants
    26 Sep 2018
    UvA researchers have found a way to improve the plant's resilience to low temperature stress. The first results are promising and the agricultural sector has already expressed its interest. For the further ...
  • Promiscuous enzyme enables efficient and benign synthesis of nitriles
    28 Sep 2018
    Researchers of the Biocatalysis group at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have discovered an unexpected catalytic promiscuity of the enzyme galactose oxidase. They utilized ...
  • Five million euros for European research to increase agricultural and horticultural yields
    29 Oct 2018
    The 'Boostcrop' consortium with researchers from the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences and Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences has been awarded nearly 5 million euros from the ...
  • New metal-organic framework for highly efficient separation of ethane from ethylene
    29 Oct 2018
    Industrial production of ethylene, the key ingredient in the most common form of plastic, requires its separation from ethane in a process that consumes large amounts of energy. An alternative would be differential ...