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Pharmaceutical Sciences student VU Amsterdam wins PAC poster prize


Ferry Pronk, student Pharmaceutical Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has won the second prize of the Jong KNCV (Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging) during the poster competition at the annual chemistry PAC-symposium in Utrecht.

Eelco Ruijter receives NWO ECHO grant


Organic chemist Eelco Ruijter has received an NWO ECHO grant (€260,000) to study the reactions to efficiently make complex cyclic molecules with precise control over their three-dimensional shape.

Matthias Bickelhaupt in PNAS with 8-Coordinate Fluoride


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 candidate of Theoretical Chemistry features on Cover of ChemistryOpen.


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.

Saskia Nijmeijer wins Dutch Pharmacological Society thesis prize


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.

RSC Fellowship for Visiting Professor in Theoretical Chemistry Group


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.

Matthias Bickelhaupt Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry


Recently, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has elected theoretical chemist Matthias Bickelhaupt to become one of its Fellows.

ERC Consolidator Grant for Paola Gori Giorgi


Paola Gori Giorgi received an ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 million euro, which will fund her research efforts towards a truly predictive computational chemistry.

NLeSC grants for Lucas Visscher and Chris de Graaf


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

Grassroots educational grant for 'smart' chemistry lecture recording and editing


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.

Theoretical Chemists publish 8 times in Chemistry, 3 times on covers


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.

Succes for Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling in computational sciences call


Three collaborative UvA/VU proposals granted.

Marissa de Boer comments on molybdenum scarcity in C2W magazine


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?

Theoretical chemist Ivan Infante receives Vidi


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.

Cum laude PhD: sustainable production of pharmaceuticals with isocyanides


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.

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