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Inspiration by imagination

Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences conducts internationally renowned research and provides inspiring teaching.

Our Department
We aim to inspire through imagination and vision, within a safe and stimulating environment. We believe that challenging existing theories contributes to a better world. We push the boundaries of our knowledge in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences to pass it on to future generations.

Our Core Values
Inspiration, Interdisciplinary & Collegial Collaboration, and Curiosity.

The department conducts research across a broad spectrum of the molecular sciences, "from electrons to drugs and smart materials." The research is combined with valorization and educational innovation. Our research is clustered in five areas of emphasis:

  • Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Chemical Biology
  • Bio-Analytical Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Toxicology 

Fundamental method development in all of these directions is the basis for applications and societal impact, with collaboration with sister departments and the AIMMS Research Accelerator at the core. Our research groups participate in renowned national and international collaborations such as the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC), the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC-CBBC), the European ULLA Consortium for Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Netherlands Institute for Research in Catalysis (NIOK).

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O|2 Lab Building
De Boelelaan 1108
1081 HZ Amsterdam