News from University of Amsterdam
PhD defence ceremony of Paul Kuijpers (UvA/HIMS) on 19 April 2017
Colet te Grotenhuis runner up in best lecture competition
At the Dutch national catalysis conference NCCC held 6-8 March in Noordwijkerhout, PhD student Colet te Grotenhuis of the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences finished second in the best lecture competition sponsored by graduate school NIOK. Colet won 250 euros and a certificate.
Three UvA chemists among first members of Advanced Research Center CBBC
Ambitious national public-private consortium boosts research into sustainable chemical building blocks Prof. Bas de Bruin, Prof. Joost Reek and Dr Moniek Tromp of the University of Amsterdam’s Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry have been elected as members of the new ‘Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium’ (ARC-CBBC). Just 39 out of 159 applicants were awarded a 5-year ARC-CBBC membership.
Tom Keijer wins poster competition at national student symposium
Third prizes for Yorrick Boeije and Celine Nieuwland
At the national chemistry student ‘PAC symposium’ held 2 March at Utrecht University, UvA master student Tom Keijer has won the first prize in the ‘Young KNCV’ poster competition. With his poster Keijer presented his research project at the Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-inspired catalysis group (HOMKAT) of the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS).
Emerging Investigator Award for chemist Shiju Raveendran
The International Conference on Nanostructured Materials and Nanocomposites (ICNM) has awarded an Emerging Investigator Award to associate professor Dr Shiju Raveendran of the University of Amsterdam’s Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS). The award recognises scientists and engineers working in the field of nanoscience and technology.
The unexpected supramolecular chemistry of nitrate anions
Nitrate anions can, surprisingly, act as Lewis acids
A team of researchers with Dr Tiddo J. Mooibroek of the University of Amsterdam’s Van ‘t Hoff Institute of Molecular Sciences (HIMS) argue that the nitrate anion (NO3¯) can display a counterintuitive Lewis acidity. Their findings, reported this week in Nature Communications, may serve as a (retrospective) guide to interpret data involving the chemical behaviour of nitrate anions, which are ubiquitous in Nature.