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Annual report 2012

2012 was a year of consolidation for HIMS. The large amount of external funds raised in 2011 could not be sustained in 2012. HIMS had to start working on the novel projects introduced.

Nevertheless, in 2012 VICI grants, the initiation of a research program in the field of Science4Art, significant novel NWO funding and a number of smaller grants demonstrated the viability of the HIMS researchers. Besides novel project budget, also significant sums were obtained from the BAZIS funding of NWO for investments into new equipment.

The scientific output in 2012 was very significant and increased with respect to 2011.

Dr Arian van Asten has been appointed as extraordinary professor of Forensic Analytical Chemistry, while other extraordinary professors have been reappointed.

Highlights in education are the initiation with the VU of a joint program for the Bachelors in Chemistry. In addition, the chemistry education realized by HIMS staff members has been evaluated as excellent by a nationwide panel.

The Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC), the national research school operated by HIMS, has been re-accredited by the KNAW. In addition, NWO has given it a major grant.

The valorization and interaction with industry has also gone well. A highlight is the transfer of a very exciting patent to DSM. The development of sustainable plastics has been continued.

A new initiative took off in 2012 for the entire faculty. The creation of the Amsterdam Faculty of Science will merge all science related research and education of the UvA and the VU. By the end of 2013, the groundwork done in 2012 should lead to a major new player in the international scientific arena. This alone already makes 2013 a very exciting year for HIMS.