Fundamentals & Methods of Chemistry

Chemistry is a continuously evolving science, and especially at the interface with physics, biology, computer science and medicine, new sub-disciplines emerge. "Fundamentals & Methods of Chemistry" aims to safeguard the visibility and strength of the existing chemical disciplines, as independent players and as motors of interdisciplinary research, identifying and stimulating the formation of new disciplines.

It is of fundamental importance to develop new conceptual frameworks in both experimental and theoretical disciplines.  The rapid advances in models, computational tools and experimental techniques in the full range of the chemical sciences will enable us to study chemical reactions at ever smaller and shorter length and timescales, while at the same time opening up possibilities to study ever larger complex molecular systems. Detailed insight into causal relationships in combination with novel techniques will boost chemists ability to achieve their holy grail: rational design and synthesis of molecules, materials and processes.  These advances will allow us to study molecules, matter and living systems at a level of complexity where chemistry can provide the universal and unifying principles.

Fundamentals and Methods of Chemistry research in the Netherlands

The focus of fundamentals and methods of chemistry research is on the development of new techniques and on improving existing ones. Good collaborative partnerships are essential here, both within fundamental and methodological chemistry and outside it, with physics, biology, computer science and medicine. These developments will help research into molecules, matter and living systems, in which chemical reactions can be controlled at increasingly smaller length and time scales as well as in ever-larger and more complex molecular systems.

Fundamentals & Methods of Chemistry advisory committee

The Fundamentals & Methods of Chemistry advisory committee gives solicited and unsolicited advice to the board of the NWO Science domain on proposals for new programmes. The committee also has a monitoring role regarding the progress of ongoing programmes.

The Fundamentals & Methods of Chemistry advisory committee is made up of the following:

Prof. W.J. (Wybren Jan) Buma, chair, spectroscopy of photoactive molecules and materials
Prof. S.S. (Shirin) Faraji, vice-chair, theoretical and computational chemistry
Prof. M. (Marc) Baldus, biophysical chemistry, NMR, (membrane)proteins, (bio)materials, biophysics
Prof. B. (Bas) de Bruin, homogeneous catalysis
Prof. G.J. (Geert Jan) Kroes
Dr. E. (Evgeny) Pidko, catalysis; computational chemistry; inorganic chemistry; green chemistry
Dr A.M. (Anouk) Rijs, physical analytical chemistry; IR spectroscopy-mass spectrometry of biomolecular structure and interactions
Prof. A.P.H.J. (Albert) Schenning, functional (polymeric) materials & devices
Prof. E.M.J. (Sabeth) Verpoorte

NWO-secretary: Vera Meester

Working group advisory committee duties and procedures

The advisory committees have the following tasks:

  • Identifying new developments in the sub-field of the advisory committee;
  • Maintaining contact with the research field;
  • Maintaining the network with the Dutch National Research Agenda, top sectors, the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, etc.;
  • Monitoring the progress of ongoing research programmes in the sub-field in question, including advising the Chemistry Round Table at the conclusion of these programmes;   
  • Monitoring ongoing research and existing facilities and new initiatives;
  • Helping shape and implement the NWO network and forum function in consultation with the field (during CHAINS, for example);
  • Giving unsolicited and solicited advice to the Chemistry Round Table and to the Science board.