Focus sessions


Dr. Torres Galvis

Catalysis research: successful collaborations between industry and academia

Prof. Linnartz

Fullerenes in space

Prof. Wuhrer

High-resolution approaches for dissecting protein structure and function

Dr. Albada & Prof. Dijkgraaf

The Quest for Small Molecule Antiviral Drugs

Marlize van Breugel

Coupling gene regulation and cell metabolism

Dr. Jansen

Societal Challenges, Analytical Solutions

Dr. Lyulin

Novel materials for smart heat storage

Dr. Keune

3D X-ray chemical imaging at the nanoscale

Dr. Staals

New avenues in biomolecule detection platforms

Dr. Wezenberg

Molecular recognition and transmembrane transport with synthetic receptors

Dr. ir. Smulders

Dynamic polymers for advanced materials

Prof. Oomens

Opportunities for research in chemistry at HFML-FELIX

Prof. Faraji

Molecular Simulation Meets Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Sanders

Chemistry education

Dr. Forner Cuenca

Next-generation materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage

Dr. Hutter

Academia and industry together towards a CO2-neutral economy

Anna-Eva Nieuwelink

Plastic: chicken or egg of the waste cycle

Dr. Haselberg

Untangling complex systems through analytical innovation

Chemistry of Life

The research field Chemistry of Life studies and exploits the chemical principles and phenomena that underlie biological processes. The many disciplines within Chemistry of Life include (bio)organic and medicinal chemistry, analytical and macromolecular chemistry that relate to biological processes, bio- and cellular chemistry, structural and chemical biology, molecular biology, and biophysics.

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Chemistry of Materials

Chemistry of Materials focuses on the broad and multidisciplinary field of materials and encompasses the complete lifespan of a wide range of materials. It brings together expertise from chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. It covers the design-synthesis-characterisation-performance cycle. There are many types of material, such as organic, inorganic and hybrid, made up of biomacromolecules, macromolecules, colloids, small molecules, and so on.

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Chemical Conversion

The Chemical Conversion community brings together disparate fundamental disciplines and technological sectors. Chemical conversion is integral to all disciplines in the chemical sciences from fundamental, molecular-level chemistry to large-scale chemical process technology. Fields such as catalysis, process technology and synthesis play a key role.

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Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry

The focus of Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry research is on the development of new techniques and on improving existing ones. Advances in models, computational tools and experimental techniques in the full range of the chemical sciences will enable us to study chemical reactions at ever smaller and shorter length and timescales, while at the same time opening up possibilities to study ever larger complex molecular systems.

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Awards & prizes

The NWO Domain Science hands out five special scientific awards. These awards recognise the achievements of scientists in various areas of scientific research. There is an award for inspirational teamwork (Team Science Award), an award for science communication for a wider audience (Communication Award), an award to foster diversity (Diversity Initiative Award and Athena Award) and an award for the societal impact of scientific results (Stairway to Impact Award). The ceremony of one of these awards might be during CHAINS.


The registration will open in September 2020