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The Netherlands Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded HIMS researcher Bas de Bruin a prestigious Vici grant.

Doctor Bas de Bruin
Dr. Bas de Bruin. Photo by Dirk Gillissen.

The Netherlands Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Bas de Bruin of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences a prestigious Vici grant. De Bruin, associate professor with the Homogenous and Supramolecular Catalysis group headed by professor Joost Reek, receives 1,5 million euro for his research on understanding and developing (new) homogeneous catalytic reactions.

In his research Bas de Bruin focuses on the development of new tools in homogeneous catalysis, using metals in unconventional oxidation states and unconventional ligands. He specifically aims at developing new catalytic reactions. The Vici funding will enable De Bruin to investigate new controlled (catalytic) radical-type transformations.

The Vici grant is the pinnacle of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, set up in 2000 jointly by NWO, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Dutch universities. The scheme is directed at providing encouragement for individual researchers by giving talented, creative researchers the opportunity to pursue their own research programme. The scheme consists of three grants: Veni, Vidi and Vici. In 2005 Bas de Bruin was awarded a Vidi grant.

In 2008 Bas de Bruin was also awarded a prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC).