Theoretical Chemist Matthias Bickelhaupt, together with colleagues from Cornell University (USA) and TU Eindhoven, report in PNAS that a fluoride anion inside a silicate double 4-ring can form chemical bonds to the eight surrounding silicon atoms.
Double Degree PhD candidate in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and the Universitat de Girona (UdG) defended on 22nd of June her thesis entitled Analysis of cooperation and electron delocalization in intermolecular hydrogen bonds.
Medicinal chemist Saskia Nijmeijer has been awarded the triennial thesis prize (€1500) of the Dutch Pharmacological Society (NVF) for her thesis Pharmacological characterization of novel histamine H4 receptor ligands.
Dr. Richard Layfield FRSC, School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, is Visiting Professor in the Department of Theoretical Chemistry, supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) J.W.T. Jones Fellowship.
Recently, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has elected theoretical chemist Matthias Bickelhaupt to become one of its Fellows.
Paola Gori Giorgi received an ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 million euro, which will fund her research efforts towards a truly predictive computational chemistry.
Professor Visscher and Dr. Chris de Graaf from the Divisions Theoretical Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry have both been awarded NLeSC grants by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) of €500.000
A novel approach that merges the recording of lectures by a smartphone in any class room with the editing of the recordings using contemporary VU-wide software has been supported with a VU Grassroots Award. Maikel Wijtmans (UD Medicinal Chemistry), Erik Boon (AVC, AudioVisueel Centrum) and Danny Scholten (Coördinator Onderwijsvernieuwing Scheikunde en Farmaceutische Wetenschappen) will develop the approach by joining two pieces of software: Presentain and MyMediaSite.
This year, theoretical Chemists have published 8 times in Chemistry – A European Journal. Three of these publications have been awarded a cover in this high-profile multidisciplinary journal.
Three collaborative UvA/VU proposals granted.
Molybdenum is one of the essential elements for plant growth and is commonly used as a compound in chemical or metallurgical applications. Will the demand for molybdenum in chemical applications lead to a molybdenum scarcity and can it endanger our food production?
Dr. Ivan Infante has been awarded a Vidi grant of €800.000 from the Netherlands organization for Scientific Research (NWO) on 19 May. The grant enables Infante to establish a research line on quantum dot solar cells within the Division of Theoretical Chemistry.
Tjøstil Vlaar, PhD student in the Synthetic & Bio-organic Chemistry research group studied the use of isocyanides – a class of organic compounds – as building blocks in palladium catalysis for the sustainable production of drug-like molecules. His work underlines the potential of isocyanides in this type of chemistry and stimulates further developments in this field. He received his PhD degree cum laude on 15 May.
Prof. dr. Iwan de Esch and Dr. Maikel Wijtmans of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry have been awarded an ECHO grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) of €260.000. The grant enables them to further study molecular interactions between proteins and ligands and strengthen their fragment-based drug design approach for the development of new drug molecules.
Dr. Célia Fonseca Guerra of the Division of Theoretical Chemistry has been awarded an ECHO grant of €260.000 by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). ECHO grants offer excellent researchers in chemistry the chance to conduct high-quality, curiosity-driven research. The funding enables Fonseca Guerra to strengthen her research line in artificial supramolecular aggregates and molecular recognition.