Complex Molecular Systems

Facts and Figures ICMS

The Institute of Complex Molecular Systems celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2018. These past ten years, ICMS proved it's excellence in its track record, awards, collaborations, partnerships and industrial challenges.

Ten Years of Scientific Excellence

  • Nagoya Gold Medal of Organic Chemistry
  • Chirality Medal 2018
  • 3 Spinoza Award winners
  • 6 KNAW members of which 2 of them were awarded with the Academy professorship 
  • 3 NWO-VIDI Award winners in 2017
  • 4 ERC laureates 
  • 12 ERC grants
  • Strong collaboration with  Prof. Samuel Stupp (Northwestern University, Illinois), who recently extended his position as a Distinguished Professor within the ICMS community
  • 4 major NWO-Gravitation grants: Functional Molecular Systems, Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversions, Materials Driven Regeneration and Networks.

Our young talents join forces to push the frontiers of complex molecular systems, for example by jointly applying for funding for research projects and/or infrastructure. Furthermore, young talent and other, (external) academic and industrial parties find their way to us to initiate collaborations on challenging academic and industrial challenges.



Bert Meijer wins Chirality Medal 2018

Professor Meijer received the Chirality Medal 2018 for his seminal contributions to the design and study of chiral supramolecular systems and materials. The awarding committee praises his pioneering role in the field of supramolecular chemistry, of which he is one of the founders. In Meijer’s self-organizing molecular systems chirality plays an essential role. The different versions of molecules lead to different supramolecular structures and hence different characteristics.

Bert Meijer is the second Dutch scientist to receive the Chirality Medal. In 2009 the Dutch scientist and 2016 Nobel Prize Winner Ben Feringa won the prize.

Gravitation subsidy

Heart failure, kidney failure and worn intervertebral discs – these are problems that in the future the body will have to be able to remedy itself. So top scientists at TU/e, Maastricht University and Utrecht (UMC Utrecht, Hubrecht Institute and Utrecht University) will be developing intelligent biomaterials that activate and guide the self-repair capacity of the body. Education minister Jet Bussemaker announced on Monday 8 May that their research program, known as Materials-Driven Regeneration (MDR), has been awarded a Gravitation subsidy (Zwaartekrachtsubsidie) worth 18.8 million euros. The universities themselves will be investing jointly six million in the program.

  • Read the News Article about the 2017 Subsidy