The NWO Innovation Fund Chemistry has awarded eight LIFT projects between university researchers and companies. NWO Chemical Sciences contributes a total of 1.5 million euros to the various projects and businesses match 0.5 million euros. LIFT is a new public-private partnership form that was introduced in 2015 . In a LIFT project involves at least one company and one research institute both working in chemical research.
Dr. Anna Hirsch (RUG ), Dr . Matthew Groves (RUG ), Dr . Gudrun Lange ( Bayer CropScience)
On the way to innovative antibiotics and herbicides
Resistance to antibiotics and herbicides is currently a serious problem. The researchers will design new molecules that inhibit an essential enzyme for the growth of pathogenic bacteria and weeds in a specific way . To do so, they will first elucidate the structure of the enzyme, after which they will adopt a rational design approach to obtain new inhibitors. Ultimately, the inhibitors can be developed to better antibiotic or herbicides with a completely new mechanism of action.
Last week, Ben Feringa and Anouk Lubbe presented the first copy of their book Alledaagse Moleculen (Everyday Molecules) to minister Robbert Dijkgraaf. The richly illustrated book offers an accessible overview of 180 substances in our daily lives....
Dr Annette Scheepstra of the UG Arctic Centre, part of the Faculty of Arts, is about to conduct research into tourism in Antarctica and how tourists can become Antarctic ambassadors. She has been granted €1 million in funding by the Dutch Research...
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has appointed Professor Maria Loi and Professor Dirk Slotboom from the Faculty of Science and Engineering as members of the Academy.
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