Joost Reek appointed head of HIMS
Joost Reek, professor of Supramoleculair Catalysis, has been appointed as scientific director of the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), effective 1 November 2013.Professor Reek succeeds Aart Kleijn, who left HIMS to establish an institute in China as part of the Chengdu Center for Research and Development.
Reek says he is thankful for the confidence of his colleagues to be leading the HIMS institute in what he considers to be challenging years. 2014 will see the merger of the science faculties of the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. Reek: ‘In the coming year, the departments of this new Amsterdam Faculty of Science will be established. I hope to ensure a smooth transition of HIMS in the benefit of the molecular sciences.’
Reek’s ambition is to further strengthen the already strong cohesion between the groups of the HIMS institute. He aims to establish a stimulating research environment, leading to successful and innovative research proposals. Furthermore, he hopes to enhance the institute’s attractiveness for both the industry and students.
Reeks hopes to soon be able to fill in all existing vacancies resulting from the ‘Sectorplan Natuur- en Scheikunde’ funding. He also wants to firmly position the Amsterdam research performed as part of the Science4Arts programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Finally, he will put effort into developing the research programme in the field of sustainable chemistry, which was recently established as a university research priority area.
About Joost Reek
Joost Reek finished his Master’s in 1991 and received his PhD in 1996 at the University of Nijmegen. He performed his PhD research in the group of Professor Roeland Nolte regarding the synthesis, supramolecular binding properties and catalytic activity of molecular clips. After a period as postdoc at the University of Sydney (AUS), Reek joined the University of Amsterdam in 1998. In the group of Professor Piet van Leeuwen, his researched focused on transition metal catalysis, supramolecular chemistry and supramolecular catalysis. In 2006 he was appointed full professor (chair supramolecular catalysis).
Joost Reek received numerous grants, among which the prestigious NWO Vici grant. Earlier this year, the European Research Council awarded him an Advanced Grant for his research proposal ‘Nature Inspired Transition Metal Catalysis’.
Reek holds positions in the boards of several catalysis research organisations and the Royal Dutch Chemical Society KNCV. From 2006 until 2011 he was a member of the the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW).