Chemistry as innovative science

With more than 1500 participants, CHAINS offers you the ultimate opportunity to meet the Dutch chemical research communities, expand your network, and get an overview of recent scientific breakthroughs and ‘hot topics’ within chemistry and the innovative Dutch chemical sector. CHAINS took place from 5-7 December 2017 in Veldhoven.

It is the event where chemists (PhD students and postdocs to professors and R&D scientists) in science and industry come together.

Plenary speakers

Plenary speakers at CHAINS 2017 are Feng Zhang (MIT), Jacqueline Barton (CALTECH), Ferdi Schüth, Ben Feringa, Zhenan Boa (Stanford).

On 5 December, Feng Zhang receives the prestigious Inventors of the year Award. Therefore he cannot be present at CHAINS. Albert Heck, winner of the Spinoza Prize 2017, will take over his plenary speaker slot. Wilhelm Huck, winner of the Spinoza Prize 2016, is the new keynote speaker.

5 December: Albert Heck (University Utrecht)
6 December: Jacqueline Barton (CALTECH), Ferdi Schüth, Ben Feringa
7 December: Zhenan Boa (Stanford)

Keynote speakers

5 December: Wilhelm Huck, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Ana Pombo
7 December: Michel Orrit, Dick Broer, Freek Kapteijn

Programme committee

The members of the CHAINS 2017 programme committee are Bert Meijer (TU/e, chair), Gijsje Koenderink (AMOLF), Albert Heck (UU), Laurens Siebbeles (TUD), Geert-Jan Kroes (LEI), Robert Terörde (BASF), Erik Heeres (RUG), Andries Meijerink (UU), Claire Wyman (EMC), Martine Smit (VU) and Jan van Esch (TUD).




One day €75,-
Two days €150,-
Three days €250,-


NH Conference Centre Koningshof
Address: Locht 117, 5504 RM, Veldhoven The Netherlands

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