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Molecular solutions

Research at Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Research in the Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry is coordinated and performed by the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS). This is the chemistry research institute of the Faculty of Science, dedicated to providing molecular solutions to the important problems facing society. In the research program of the participating groups the development of new clean chemical processes is highly represented.

Sustainable Chemistry has over 20  affiliated academic staff members within HIMS. Combined with PhD students, postdocs and junior tenured staff, the Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry has a mass of about 90 fte of research power. The contributing HIMS groups have an outstanding reputation and publish regularly in top journals. The track records of the various researchers testify of high H-indexes, various VENI, VIDI and VICI laureates, NWO top subsidies and ERC grants.


Since catalysis is at the heart of the development of new sustainable processes, HIMS offers a fertile environment for research in Sustainable Chemistry.  In a national perpective HIMS is the only place where multiple catalysis disciplines such as homogeneous catalysis, supramolecular catalysis, organometallic chemistry and catalysis, biocatalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, organocatalysis and photocatalysis are studied simultaneously. Adding to this HIMS has a lot of expertise in the fields of spectroscopy and computational catalysis, and strong connections to the Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling.

National role

Through HIMS the UvA also has aquired a leading position in the management of national initiatives such as the top research school Catalysis and the research schools NIOK and HRSMC. Furthermore, there is a strong participation in national projects, such as CatchBio (catalysis for sustainable chemicals from biomass) and the FES BIOFUELS program.