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Synthesis, characterization, reactivity and properties of molecules

HRSMC research theme 1

The design and synthesis of compounds with novel structures are among the most essential activities in molecular chemistry research. The incentives to prepare such new molecules are, apart from curiosity, their anticipated physical, chemical or biological properties.

The strategic aspects of the HRSMC research in this theme are

  • development of new (bio)catalytic reactions;
  • investigation of their mechanisms;
  • synthesis of magnetic and conducting materials;
  • the development of methodologies for the synthesis of bioactive compounds.

A great variety of techniques is used for the synthesis of the compounds as well as for the elucidation of their molecular structure and (physico)chemical and biological properties.


Group /University/ staff members


Biocatalysis (UvA/HIMS)

Prof. dr. F. Mutti


Biomolecular Chemistry (VUAmsterdam)

Dr. Ivana Drienovská


Structural Chemical Biology

Dr. Sven Hennig (VUAmsterdam)


Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry (UvA/HIMS) 

Prof. dr. G. Rothenberg1, Dr. S. Grecea, Dr. N.R. Shiju, Dr. N. Yan


Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-Inspired Catalysis (UvA/HIMS)

Prof. dr. B. de Bruin1, Prof. dr. J.N.H. Reek1, Dr. A.W. Ehlers, Prof. dr. C.J. Elsevier, Dr. T.J. Mooibroek, Dr. Ir. J.I. van der Vlugt


Metals in Catalysis, Biomimetics & Inorganic Materials (UL/LIC)

Prof. dr. E. Bouwman1 , Prof. dr. S. Bonnet, Dr. D. Hetterscheid


Biomimetic Chemistry (VU/AIMMS)

Prof. dr. T.N. Grossmann


Synthetic and Bio-organic Chemistry (VU/EMS)

Prof. dr. ir. R.V.A. Orru, Dr. E. Ruijter


Synthetic Organic Chemistry; (UvA/HIMS)

Prof. dr. J.H. van Maarseveen, Prof. dr. P. Timmerman, Dr. M.Á. Fernández-Ibáñez, Dr. S. Ingemann, Dr. J.C. Slootweg


Synthetic Organic Chemistry; (RU/IMM)

Prof. dr. F.P.J.T. Rutjes, Dr. T.J. Boltje, Dr. M.C. Feiters

1also NIOK