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BioAnalytical Chemistry

The research of BioAnalytical Chemistry (BAC) focuses on the development and application of novel, multidimensional analytics for the molecular understanding of biological and chemical processes and the elucidation of biopharmaceutical and drug characteristics.

In order to gain detailed insights in highly complex samples and heterogeneous (macro)molecular structures and networks, methodological innovation is key. We thereby focus on state-of-the-art mass spectrometry combined and/or integrated with molecular spectroscopy, advanced separation techniques, and bioactivity detection. Hyphenation, integration, miniaturization and automation, are important aspects to face demands on selectivity, sensitivity, specificity, speed and data handling. The BAC reseachers teamed up synergistically with the Analytical Chemistry group of the UvA within the Centre for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam (CASA), the recognized national focus point for analytical chemistry. CASA encompasses strong research collaborations (incl. public-private partnerships), shared facilities, and a highly successful international MSc track in Analytical Sciences

Interview Anouk Rijs

Interview Anouk Rijs

For Professor Anouk Rijs, the question what am I going to do after my studies led to a little quest. Her search started by visiting an open day of the Chemistry program at the VU and talking to students there. She then found her calling as a Professor of Physical Chemistry by doing a master's internship, working on inspiring research projects and working abroad. 

Read the full interview here.

Research topics

Isabelle Kohler and Hany Majeed in Atlas

Isabelle Kohler and Hany Majeed in Atlas

Designer drugs are sometimes so similar that it is difficult to distinguish them from each other. This also applies to the designer drug 3-MMC, which has recently been banned. That is why techniques are needed to determine with certainty which drug it is. AIMMS scientists Isabelle Kohler and Hany Majeed were featured in the scientific TV program Atlas (from 5:20 – in Dutch!) to talk about it. Watch the clip here

Foto Isabelle

Our team

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Prof. Dr. Govert Somsen -

Prof. Dr. Anouk Rijs -

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences
De Boelelaan 1108
1081 HZ Amsterdam