The mission of the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is to push the boundaries of chemistry by performing internationally recognised scientific research that is curiosity driven as well as application driven. HIMS strives at utilisation and expansion of its knowledge and expertise by engaging in collaborative research efforts that address challenges in society and industry.
The transition to a more-sustainable society and the advancement of new technologies and associated new materials critically rely on breakthroughs in chemistry research. Addressing challenges related to energy, climate, health, food, and waste requires imagination from chemists to provide novel solutions. The molecular view of the HIMS scientists pervades all scientific disciplines, from life science and biology, through food science and agriculture, to nanoscience and physics.
HIMS is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science (FNWI) of the University of Amsterdam.
HIMS houses around 200 researchers (145 fte) with over 30 nationalities. Together they publish around 200 peer reviewed scientific articles, 20 PhD theses and on average 4 patent applications per year.