Beneficiary 3: GRO

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (GRO)

Scientist in Charge: Gerard Roelfes

The University of Groningen has a long tradition of academic excellence, being one of the oldest research universities in Europe. It ranks the top 4% of research institutions in the world on the basis of the number of citations per publication. Currently approximately 30,000 students are enrolled and every year about >400 PhD students defend their theses. Of these 60% are from abroad. The chemistry department is the strongest in the Netherlands and houses around 35 different research groups that are organised in separate institutes that provide critical mass on selected priority areas. Institutes relevant to the present proposal are the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry and the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB) with several world-leading scientists, including Prof. Dr. Ben L. Feringa, Nobel laureate in chemistry 2016.

Within GRO, the Biomolecular Chemistry & Catalysis group headed by Prof. Roelfes has a consistent record on scientific originality and innovation in bio-inspired catalysis and chemical biology.