University of Amsterdam

Biocatalysis, Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

The Faculty of Science is a leading centre of academic research and education with a broad range of strong research groups. The research and educational activities are organised in one comprehensive faculty. This is motivated by developments in both science and society, with new challenges often found in the overlap of several disciplines. It has led to a policy in which the faculty is setting up new research institutes across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
The Faculty of Science consists of a College of Science, three Graduate Schools, an Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, eight research institutes and a  Faculty service department. Each research institute has its own research program that is financed by the faculty, the national research council NWO, the government, EU departments and private enterprises.

Chemical sciences are covered by the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), which is organized in six research themes. Catalysis, Molecular Photonics, Computational Chemistry, Bio-Molecular Synthesis, Complex Fluids and Macromolecular and Biosystems Analysis.

The Biocatalysis group at HIMS focuses on the application of novel enzymes for the synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. This includes also the identification and characterization of novel enzymes as well as the optimization of valuable biocatalysts by protein engineering. Thereby, one research topic is focusing on the use of lignin as renewable feedstock for the synthesis of aromatic platform chemicals.


University of Amsterdam
Biocatalysis, Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences
PO Box 94157
1090 GD Amsterdam
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