Focus sessions


Organiser & chair: Dr. Hirsa Torres Galvis

Catalysis research: successful collaborations between industry and academia

Organiser & chair: Prof. Harold Linnartz

Fullerenes in space

Organiser & chair: Prof. Manfred Wuhrer

High-resolution approaches for dissecting protein structure and function

Organiser: Dr. Bauke Albada | Chair: Prof. Ingrid Dijkgraaf

The Quest for Small Molecule Antiviral Drugs

Organiser: Marlize van Breugel | Chair: Prof. Fred van Leeuwen

Coupling gene regulation and cell metabolism

Organiser & chair: Dr. Jeroen Jansen

Societal Challenges, Analytical Solutions

Organiser & chair: Dr. Alexey Lyulin

Novel materials for smart heat storage

Organiser: Dr. Katrien Keune | Chair: Dr. Florian Meirer

3D X-ray chemical imaging at the nanoscale

Organiser & chair: Dr. Raymond Staals

New avenues in biomolecule detection platforms

Organiser: ChemistryNL | Chair: Dr. Chris Slootweg 

Europe’s Innovation routes to Circular Plastics

Organiser & chair: Dr. Sander Wezenberg

Molecular recognition and transmembrane transport with synthetic receptors

Organiser: Dr. ir. Maarten Smulders | Chair: Dr. Matt Baker

Dynamic polymers for advanced materials

Organiser & chair: Prof. Jos Oomens

Opportunities for research in chemistry at HFML-FELIX

Organiser & chair: Prof. Shirin Faraji

Molecular Simulation Meets Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Organiser & chair: Dr. Wendy Sanders

Chemistry education

Organiser & chair: Dr. Antoni Forner-Cuenca

Next-generation materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage

Organiser & chair: Dr. Eline Hutter

Academia and industry together towards a CO2-neutral economy

Organiser: MCEC Research Center  |  Chair: Prof. Bert Weckhuysen

Plastic: chicken or egg of the waste cycle

Organiser: Dr. Rob Haselberg |  Chair: Dr. Alina Astefanei

Untangling complex systems through analytical innovation

Organiser: ChemistryNL |  Chair: Prof. Albert Heck 

Effective health treatments using radiochemistry tools through PPP

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 is now open!
A small fee of € 15,- will be charged to attend CHAINS 2020. It is possible to pay by iDEAL.
Due to administrative costs we shall not refund the registration fee in case of a cancellation.

The deadline for registration is 27 November 2020.

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