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Scientific highlights

Highlights of HIMS research are listed below. We also provide overviews of news items in the categories grants and funding | valorisation | people. All news items are listed at the HIMS news main page

Results: 1 - 20 of 118
Results: 1 - 20 of 118
  • UvA and AMOLF researchers work together towards CO2 valorisation
    4 Dec 2020
    A collaboration between researchers of the Catalysis Engineering group (HIMS) and Self-Organizing Matter group (AMOLF) leads to the first catalytic application of nickel coral-like architectures for CO2 conversion at ...
  • Improving hydrogen storage with MXene materials
    27 Nov 2020
    Researchers from the Catalysis Engineering (CatEng) and Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry (HCSC) groups at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), together with their international ...
  • UvA Chemists Design New Catalysts for Converting CO2 to Useful Chemicals
    2 Nov 2020
    A collaboration between the Catalysis Engineering and Heterogeneous Catalysis & Sustainable Chemistry groups at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences leads to new layered materials with advanced catalytic ...
  • Molecular confinement solves century-old puzzle
    30 Oct 2020
    Researchers at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have demystified one of the fuzziest parameters in heterogeneous catalysis: the Arrhenius pre-exponential factor. Using clever catalyst design ...
  • Chemistry researchers highlight the future of plastics with multi-partner BRECSIT project
    28 Oct 2020
    Biodegradable plastics have an important role to play in the greening of our society and in the transition to a circular economy, say Dr. Layla Filiciotto and Prof. Gadi Rothenberg from the Van 't Hoff Institute for ...
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    Single‐electron transfer in frustrated Lewis pair chemistry
    7 Oct 2020
    In a publication just designated as 'hot paper' in Angewandte Chemie, HIMS researchers shed new light on the mechanism of reactions involving frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs). They demonstrate that within FLP chemistry, ...
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    Surfing the microwave oven learning curve
    1 Oct 2020
    In a publication in the Journal of Cleaner Production, Prof. Bob van der Zwaan of the Van 't Hoff Institute of Molecular Sciences presents the first example of a learning curve for microwave ovens, which follows a ...
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    Quantum dots for electrocatalytic oxidation
    30 Sep 2020
    In a paper just accepted in ACS Applied Nanomaterials, HIMS researchers report on the nanoscale assembly of copper oxide and palladium nanoclusters as a straightforward, cheap and clean approach for making catalysts. ...
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    Rate prediction for homogeneous nucleation of methane hydrate
    23 Sep 2020
    Methane hydrates are the single biggest source of fossil fuel on planet earth and play a role in climate change. The molecular process of their formation is not known and heavily debated. In a paper in the Journal of ...
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    Redox-mediated alcohol oxidation coupled to hydrogen formation in a dye-sensitized photosynthesis cell
    22 Sep 2020
    In a paper in Chemistry, A European Journal, HIMS researchers present a dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cell that combines light-driven hydrogen production with chemical oxidation of an organic compound (benzyl ...
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    Catalytic chemoselective sulfimidation with an electrophilic nitrene radical complex
    21 Sep 2020
    In a recent publication in Chemistry, A European Journal, researchers at the HIMS research group Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-Inspired Catalysis report on catalytic sulfimidation using a highly active and ...
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    Designable catalytic materials combine the best of both worlds
    14 Sep 2020
    The transition towards bio-based feedstocks and circular processes requires new concepts and especially new active, selective and stable catalytic materials. These are often discovered by accident, rather than made ...
  • Organic waste
    Strategies for circular waste management in an urban environment
    10 Sep 2020
    There's serious room for improvement in managing the waste of the city of Amsterdam. Many waste flows in the city are linear and unsustainable, and the recycling rate of organic waste is quite low. These observations ...
  • Graphic representation of the metallocene structure
    A Platinum(II) Metallonitrene with a Triplet Ground State
    24 Aug 2020
    Prof. Bas de Bruin contributed to a German study on the electronic structure of a platinum(II) metallonitrene that has just been published in Nature Chemistry. The study shows that - in contrast to intuition - ...
  • molecular structure of the catalysts
    Spectroscopic investigations of selective Cr– PNP ethene tri- and tetramerization catalysts
    17 Aug 2020
    In a study just published in Catalysis Science & Technology, HIMS researchers shed light on two important aspects of selective ethene oligomerization catalysts: the nature of the active species (e.g. neutral or ...
  • sewage processing plant
    Analysis of municipal wastewater as a predictor for population socioeconomics
    4 Aug 2020
    In a paper recently published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, Dr Saer Samanipour of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) reports on the chemical analysis of municipal wastewater as a ...
  • picture of 3D printed column housings
    3D-printing of column housings using Fused Deposition Modeling
    3 Aug 2020
    Researchers at the HIMS research group Analytical Chemistry and the Centre for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam (CASA) have successfully developed 3D-printed channels for chromatographical separation of small molecules. ...
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    Vibrational Circular Dichroism spectroscopy for probing the expression of chirality in mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes
    29 Jul 2020
    In a paper just accepted in the RSC flagship journal Chemical Science, researchers of the HIMS Molecular Photonics group present a first in-depth VCD study of mechanically planar chiral rotaxanes as prototypical ...
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    Titanium-catalyzed esterification reactions: beyond Lewis acidity
    27 Jul 2020
    In a recent paper in ChemCatChem, HIMS researchers show that the amphoteric nature of titanium aminotriphenolate complexes (combining a Lewis acidic metal centre with a Brønsted basic ligand site), in combination ...
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    Intricate nanospheres containing hydrogenase mimics for proton reduction catalysis
    15 Jul 2020
    A paper on 'Hydrogenase mimics in M12L24 nano‐spheres to control overpotential and activity in proton reduction catalysis' has been published as a communication in Angewandte Chemie. It describes research on ...