Theme 2: Chemistry of Complex Systems
We are inspired by chemistry in living cells, and want to master chemical processes that are found in biological environments. There, many different compounds react in mixtures with high overall concentrations. The next challenge in chemistry is to move away from isolated molecules and classical (diluted) reactions .
Chemical reaction networks
We want to design and synthesize chemical reaction networks, like those found in the cell, and study the complexity and functions that emerge in systems chemistry . Industrial and catalytic processes could eventually benefit from this research as they often occur under circumstances of high concentrations and/or temperature.
The IMM offers combinations of expertise in physical organic chemistry, synthesis and supramolecular chemistry, that is complemented by state-of-the-art quantum chemistry calculations and analytical science. Our arsenal of unique instrumentation enables us to address the most urgent and timely scientific questions.
Examples of research in theme 2
- Dennis Löwik: "With our research we try to make cancer treatments more efficient and improve the quality of life of patients."
- Jeroen Jansen: ‘I use chemical data to gain sustainability’
- Kim Bonger: "There is still much unknown about how exactly a cell works”
- Maike Hansen’s fascination to understand why extreme complex cells function accurately
- Biomolecular Chemistry in the research group of dr. Kim Bonger
- Physical Organic Chemistry; research in groups of dr. Evan Spruijt and dr. Peter Korevaar
- Research in applied materials science in group of dr. John Schermer