UvA and Fudan University (Shanghai) to collaborate on catalytic biomass conversion
HIMS research group teams up with Chinese counterpart in the field of sustainable chemistry
The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Science's (HIMS) Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry Group has signed a collaborative agreement with the Industrial Catalysis Group at the Department of Chemistry of Fudan University (Shanghai, China). The two groups intend to expand this collaboration to a future university-wide cooperation.
This first collaboration between the two universities is in the field of sustainable chemistry, one of the UvA's designated research priority areas. It aims to develop new catalysts and processes for converting biomass-derived platform molecules into high-value added products.
Fudan University is one of China's most prestigious universities, ranking in the top 5 in mainland China on all categories. Established in 1905, it has about 27,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and a highly demanding curriculum.
The collaboration will initially be for a period of three years. The research cooperation will be strengthened with programmes for exchanging students, lecturers and researchers, enabling the partners to benefit from each other's expertise and culture.
The two academic partners will collaborate with Huayi Chemical, one of the largest chemicals producers in the Shanghai area. The motivation of all partners is both scientific and commercial, owing to the combination of fundamental research and potential application in industry.