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The quality of chemistry research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is of very good quality. These are the findings of an international review committee of twenty experts that examined the research achievements of seven Dutch universities in the field of chemistry.

The quality of chemistry research at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is of very good quality. These are the findings of an international review committee of twenty experts that examined the research achievements of seven Dutch universities in the field of chemistry.

The assessment was made on the basis of four criteria: quality, productivity, relevance (social, economic and cultural), and vitality & feasibility (the ability to adequately respond to significant changes in the environment and the future). The committee judged these criteria using a scale from 1 to 5, where 5 is excellent and 1 is unsatisfactory.

Very good to excellent

The review committee adjudged the quality of the research groups from the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) of the UvA to be of very good to excellent quality, deeply rooted and respected in local and national networks, as well as being recognised internationally. They also felt the interaction between different research groups of the Institute could be strengthened. However, the relocation of the HIMS to the Science Park Amsterdam, where all science disciplines have been located under one roof since last year, will help rectify this minor issue.

Five research programmes were evaluated: Bio-Molecular Synthesis, Catalysis, Computational Chemistry, Macromolecular and Biosystems Analysis, and Molecular Photonics. The average rating for each criterion was 4.35 (4 = very good).

The research review was supervised by the independent Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities (QANU). The full report can be downloaded via the link below.