Sander Wezenberg, who works at the University of Groningen’s Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, received a prestigious Veni grant from NWO this summer. Wezenberg is planning to study ‘molecular handedness’. Many molecules in nature have a non-superimposable mirror image (left and right-handedness). In other words, they are chiral. The relationship between the left and right-handed molecules appears to influence certain important biological functions. Wezenberg is planning to develop chemical methods for determining and influencing chiral relationships.
The weekly online video magazine Unifocus highlights topics related to the University of Groningen in the fields of research and society, student life, teaching, policy and internationalization.
In a first for the region, highly threatened sharks and rays have been tagged and released by scientists in the Bijagós Archipelago, off the coast of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa.
On Tuesday 17 May, UG researcher Chongnan Ye will obtain his PhD for his research on new versatile polymers.
Maarten Loonen leads new polar expedition with scientists, journalists, policymakers and tourists.
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