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Scientific highlights

Annual Report 2019

Results: 1 - 20 of 27
Results: 1 - 20 of 27
  • Cofactor switches catalyst
    16 Jan 2019
    Chemists at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences have developed a new catalyst that can be activated by addition of a 'cofactor', in this case a small signaling molecule. This resembles processes found in ...
  • The hidden ingredient in Rembrandt’s impasto
    21 Jan 2019
    Rembrandt van Rijn revolutionized painting with a 3D effect using his impasto technique, where thick paint makes a masterpiece protrude from the surface. An international research team with Dr Katrien Keune of the ...
  • Multiphysics made easy with random coloured graphs
    31 Jan 2019
    As a result of research performed at the Computational Polymer Chemistry Group of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, researcher Ivan Kryven proposes a novel theory for ...
  • Chris Slootweg in Nature Chemistry: ‘Green Chemistry is an outdated concept’
    21 Feb 2019
    In a recent commentary published in Nature Chemistry, Chris Slootweg of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences introduces a new concept: Circular Chemistry. In analogy to the ...
  • UvA chemists shine light on catalyst for industrial plastic production
    22 Feb 2019
    A team of chemists from the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences of the University of Amsterdam, led by professor Moniek Tromp, have gained more insight into the role of the catalyst in the industrial ...
  • And the secret ingredient is… the network
    25 Feb 2019
    In a recent publication in Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences show how the mathematical theory of random graphs is vital for rational ...
  • Experimental visualisation of friction reduction
    8 Apr 2019
    Physicists and chemists from the UvA, led by Fred Brouwer (HIMS) and Daniel Bonn (IOP), have experimentally visualized the mechanism behind friction reduction. The results have this week been published in the journal ...
  • Ehlers Slootweg Angewandte boranes hydrogen splitting
    A new mode of chemical reactivity for metal–free hydrogen activation by Lewis acidic boranes
    16 Apr 2019
    Together with colleagues from the University of East Anglia and Imperial College, chemistry researchers Dr Chris Slootweg and Dr Andreas Ehlers of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular ...
  • Reaction scheme para-selective C–H olefination of aniline derivatives by Pd/S,O-ligand catalysis
    Efficient alternative for multistep synthesis of aniline-based drug precursors
    18 Apr 2019
    Researchers led by associate professor Tati Fernández Ibáñez of the Synthetic Organic Chemistry group at the Van 't Hoff Insitute for Molecular Sciences have developed the first general para-selective C–H olefination ...
  • JACS TOC Image DASA photoswitches
    Novel molecular multi-step photoswitches caught in the act
    8 May 2019
    Scientists at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, together with collaborators from the University of Groningen, the University of Twente and the European Laboratory for ...
  • ITI novel photoswitches
    Versatile and fast all-visible-light molecular switch achieves breakthrough in molecular photocontrol
    3 Jun 2019
    An international consortium of scientists including Michiel Hilbers and Wybren Jan Buma of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have developed an entirely new ...
  • Fertilizer
    Enhancing the opportunities for bio-based fertilizers
    6 Jun 2019
    The new European research project LEX4BIO sets out to optimize the use of nutrient rich-side streams in agriculture. The project, which will kick-off with a meeting to be held 12 and 13 June in Helsinki, aims to ...
  • Researchers unravel important feature of the molecular structure of oil paint
    25 Jun 2019
    In a recent publication in the scientific journal ‘Science Advances’, researchers of HIMS and Rijksmuseum describe the role of zinc ions in the molecular network of oil paint. Their studies could give the explanation ...
  • Micrograph of novel adsorbent material based on poplar template
    Looking at leaves: enhancing the performance of MOF materials
    26 Jun 2019
    Researchers at the group of Dr Stefania Grecea at the University of Amsterdam's Research Priority Sustainable Chemistry have devised a way to enhance the practical performance of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs). By ...
  • MD_simulation_PEG_POM crop
    Solubility mystery solved
    30 Jun 2019
    Polyether molecules tend to dissolve better in water as they contain more oxygen and fewer carbon atoms. But there are very counter-intuitive exceptions to this trend, the most well-known being the widely used ...
  • Supramolecular substrate organization makes for selective H borylation catalysts
    Supramolecular substrate organization makes for a selective H borylation catalyst
    16 Jul 2019
    By applying the concept of supramolecular organization of organic molecules to an iridium-based catalyst, researchers from the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have been ...
  • New amine dehydrogenases with unprecedented catalytic properties Featured Image
    New amine dehydrogenases with unprecedented catalytic properties for the synthesis of drug intermediates
    16 Aug 2019
    By means of structural-guided protein engineering, researchers from the Biocatalysis group at the University of Amsterdam’s Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular (HIMS) have created a new family of amine dehydrogenase ...
  • VCD breakthrough Chemical SCience detail of cover image
    Left or right? Novel algorithm takes chirality determination to the next level
    30 Aug 2019
    Researchers at the Molecular Photonics group of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam have significantly improved the experimental determination of the chirality or ...
  • Molecular dynamics simulation sheds new light on methane hydrate formation
    10 Sep 2019
    In a paper published this week in PNAS, researchers at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences and the Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling provide atomistic insight in the ...
  • MOF UiO-66
    Negative thermal expansion design strategies in metal-organic frameworks
    24 Sep 2019
    In a study just published in the renowned journal Advanced Functional Materials, a team of American and Dutch researchers present design strategies for adjusting the thermal expansion behaviour of microporous ...