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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


Flow Chemistry (UvA/HIMS)

Prof. dr. T. Noël


Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry (UvA/HIMS)  

Prof. dr. G. Rothenberg1, Dr. A. Garcia


Functional Materials (UvA/HIMS)

Dr. S. Grecea


Catalysis Engineering (UvA/HIMS)

Dr. N.R. Shiju


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. Ir. J.I. van der Vlugt (guest appointment), Dr. S. Pullen, Dr. B. Baumgartner


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

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


Supramolecular and Biomaterials Chemistry (UL/LIC)

Dr. S.J. Wezenberg


Biomimetic and Biomolecular Chemistry (VU/AIMMS)

Prof. dr. T.N. Grossmann, Dr. Ivana Drienovská, Dr. Sven Hennig


Synthetic Organic Chemistry & Catalysis (VU/AIMMS)

Prof. dr. E. Ruijter, dr. T. Hansen


Synthetic Organic Chemistry (UvA/HIMS)

Prof. dr. J.H. van Maarseveen, 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


Industrial Sustainable Chemistry (UvA/HIMS)

Prof. dr. G.J.M. Gruter

1also NIOK