Symposium Wageningen University & Research Chemical Sciences "Molecules @ WURk"

Published on
January 23, 2017

Wageningen University & Research Chemical Sciences is a cooperation between the chemical research groups of Wageningen University & Research (WUR). We focus on chemical research at the molecular level with an impact on a wide variety of more applied fields.

Organised by: Wageningen University & Research Chemical Sciences

Date: Wednesday 8 February 2017

Time: 14:00 - 17:30 hrs

Location: Forum, building number 102

Droevendaalsesteeg 2
6708 PB Wageningen

The Netherlands

Room: C222

Chemistry for quality of life

Progressing on the ‘explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’ mission of Wageningen University & Research-at-large, research and teaching of WUR Chemical Sciences aims not only to ‘explore’ but also to ‘extend’ via tailor-made chemical approaches. To this aim we investigate the synthesis, use and chemical behavior of conglomerates of molecules and molecular complexes.

Research areas

The next generation of solar cells, novel renewable materials, tailored food ingredients, improved growth of plants, improved resource efficiency, and high-end coatings all rely on smart chemical solutions. Detailed knowledge of biological processes, catalysis, and synthesis will enable us to discover novel natural and synthetic processes and provides routes towards new products. The research of WUR Chemical Sciences is organized around two major research areas: Molecular Interactions and Synergy in Nature and Nanometer-scaled Chemistry. These themes illustrate the central position of chemistry within the natural sciences between biology, physics and materials science.

On this website, you can find more information on teaching (courses) and research at the different research groups, on our activities –such as symposia, conferences and other events- and on state-of-the art research results.

Symposium February 8th

On Wednesday, February 8th, we organize an opening symposium of our chemistry @ WURk. Several renown international speaker (Schlenoff, Hothorn, Kuhnert) and two internal ERC Consolidator laureates (Van der Gucht, De Smet) will present their research on molecular-based sciences. Find more information and apply on our symposium website.


Title: Molecules @ WURk

Details: Wed 8 Feb 2017, 14.00-17.30 h, Wageningen Forum, room C222

This first joint Symposium of WUR Chemical Sciences, focuses on the full-width of WUR-based chemistry: chemical research at the molecular level. Several renown speakers will reflect on this topic.

Programme February 8th

14.00-14.15:  Opening speech

By: prof. Han Zuilhof (professor of Organic Chemistry) and prof. Arthur Mol (Rector Magnificus/vice-president Executive Board Wageningen University & Research)

14.15-14.45:  Joe Schlenoff (Florida State University)

On  ‘Saloplastics: How to Process the Unprocessible’    

14.45-15.00:  Louis de Smet (WUR Organic Chemistry)

Teaser talk:  ‘Polymer Coatings for Resource Recovery’       

15.00-15.30:  Nikolai Kuhnert (Jacobs University Bremen)

On:  ‘Analysis of processed food using mass spectrometry’

15.30-15.50:  Coffee/tea break

15.50-16.05:  Jasper van der Gucht (WUR Physical Chemistry & Soft Matter)

Teaser talk: ‘Failure of soft materials: watching bonds break’

16.05-16.35:  Michael Hothorn (University of Geneva)

On: ‘Plant signal transduction: From atoms to phenotypes,  and back’

16.35-16.40: Closure

16.40-17.30: Drinks

This symposium is sponsored by graduate school VLAG and WUR Chemical Sciences.


Registration for this symposium is now open! Please register by sending your application, name and name of the organisation you work for, to: