According to students, two masters from the Faculty of Science are ‘Top Programmes’


VU Amsterdam has two master programmes that deserve the title ‘Top Programme’: Hydrology, and Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems.

Medicinal Chemists develop building blocks and recipes for Computer-Aided Drug Discovery


Following the development of a virtual machine, the 3D-e-Chem consortium now published a series of building blocks (nodes) and recipes (workflows) that can support complex computer-aided drug discovery efforts.

Célia Fonseca Guerra has been appointed as Professor of Supramolecular Quantum Biochemistry


Célia Fonseca Guerra has been appointed as Professor of Supramolecular Quantum Biochemistry at the Vrije Universiteit, Department of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective February 1, 2018.

Two Marie Curie fellowships for interdisciplinary research in Theoretical Chemistry


The group of Prof. Paola Gori-Giorgi will host two Marie Curie fellows who will work on interdisciplinary fundamental research at the forefront of Mathematics, Physics and Theoretical Chemistry.

First joint PhD degree Organic Chemistry


Pieter Mampuys received the first joint-PhD degree in the newly created joint PhD programme between the University of Antwerp and the VU Amsterdam. Mampuys successfully defended his thesis ‘Multicomponent Chemistry with Thiosulfonate and Isocyanide Building Blocks: Challenges and Opportunities for Green Chemistry’ last December.

1.7 million euro for advancing (bio)polymer analysis


Professor Govert Somsen (Biomolecular Analysis) has received a grant of in total 1688 kEuro for the project UNMATCHED. The proposal was granted by NWO ENW in the Chemical Industrial Partnership Programme (CHIPP) from the Innovation Fund for Chemistry. Somsen teams up with Professors Peter Schoenmakers and Ron Peters (UvA), and researchers from the companies DSM, AkzoNobel and BASF to develop new analytical techniques for advanced polymers.

Institute for Environmental Studies announces 2018 Senior Fellow in Ethics of the Anthropocene


Professor Dr Ernst M. Conradie from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa has been appointed as Senior Fellow in the Ethics of the Anthropocene Program for 2018. He will be at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in May and June 2018, and from November 2018 to January 2019.

Unraveling cancer exosome release by using a reporter protein


PhD student Medical Chemistry Maarten Bebelman and Michiel Pegtel (VUmc) discovered new pathways in cancer cell physiology; knowledge that can help to develop novel strategies for targeting exosomal communication in cancer.

Romano Orru receives ECHO grant for one-pot syntheses of medicines


Professor Romano Orru of the Synthetic & Bio-Organic Chemistry research group (CPS, AIMMS, Faculty of Sciences) has been awarded a ECHO grant of €260.000 by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The funding enables Orru to strengthen the research line on the production of drug-like molecules with novel and ultra-short one-pot synthetic routes using isocyanides as alternative C1-building blocks.

Models meet data: implementing land management in Earth System Models


Besides the burning of fossil fuels it is land use that drives man-made climate change. But to capture land use in climate models we require a sufficient basis of process understanding and data. In a new study a team of scientists led by Han Dolman (Earth Sciences VU) and Julia Pongratz (Max Planck Instuitute for Meteorology) , including Sebastiaan Luysaert (Ecological Sciences, VU) and Richard Fuchs (Earth Sciences, VU) show that some forms of land use are much easier to implement in Earth system models than others.

New form of DNA discovered - twice as long as normal


Eindhoven and Amsterdam researchers discover ‘hyperstretched DNA’. Pulling sufficiently hard on DNA may cause it to suddenly unfold, doubling its total length. This new state of DNA is announced today by researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Their theoretical model predicted the existence of this unique state, which they have dubbed ‘hyperstretched DNA’ for the fact that it is more extended than any form of DNA seen before. An elegant microscopy experiment confirmed this prediction. Their work appears today in the journal Nature Communications.

Two researchers Faculty of Science among 1% most cited worldwide


Hans Cornelissen and Guido van der Werf belong to the 1% most cited researchers worldwide, i.e. they are on the Highly Cited Researchers 2017 list of Thomson Reuters.

The origin of the Andes unravelled


Why do the Andes exist? Why is it not a place of lowlands or narrow seas? Wouter Schellart, a geophysicist at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has been pondering these questions for more than a decade. Now, he has found the answers using an advanced computer model. “It’s a matter of enormous size, longevity and great depth”, he said. “These aspects made the Andes the longest and second-highest mountain belt in the world.”

A cellular traffic jam


UvA and VU researchers reveal jamming in cellular motor protein traffic