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Lies Bouwman

Professor of Inorganic chemistry

Prof.dr. E. Bouwman
+31 71 527 4550

Central to the research of Lies Bouwman is the aim to gain understanding of transition metal complexes and their properties and reactivity at the molecular level. She then uses this understanding to ‘teach’ metal complexes to perform new catalytic reactions.

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Curriculum Vitae

Personal information

Nationality:   Dutch
Date of birth:   17 March 1962


1990   PhD, Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 28 February
Thesis title: “Modelling the blue copper site with imidazole-thioether ligands”
Advisor: Prof. Dr. J. Reedijk.
1986   MSc in Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Current and previous research positions

2010 - now     Full Professor in Inorganic Chemistry, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, the Netherlands
2000 – 2010   Associate Professor, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University (NL)
1996 – 2000   Assistant Professor, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University (NL)
1991 – 1996   Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, the Netherlands (Prof. J. Reedijk)
1990 – 1991   Postdoctoral Researcher, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, supported by a NATO fellowship (Prof. G. Christou)
1990 - 1990   Postdoctoral Researcher, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (Prof. H. van Bekkum)

Grants, awards, recognitions since 2015

2015   CW-HRSMC Graduate School programme; 1 PhD student
2015   CW-HRSMC Graduate School programme, with Bonnet; 1 PhD student

Contribution to teaching and supervision

Teaching: course for BSc Molecular Science and Technology (Leiden/Delft): Inorganic Chemistry

Teaching: course for MSc Chemistry Leiden University: Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis

Teaching: contributions to courses for the national graduate school Holland Research School for Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC; Electrochemistry in “Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry”) and Netherlands Institute for Research in Catalysis (NIOK; Homogeneous Catalysis in “Catalysis, an integrated approach”)

Outreach: guest lectures at high schools (Chemistry of transition metals; Chemistry of paint); lectures for children of elementary schools and refugee children in the ‘Junior Science Lab’ (What is Chemistry?)

(Co-) Supervision of ~40 PhD students and >10 postdoctoral fellows since 1996. Current employment of recent PhD students and postdocs: C. Marvelous, Antec Scientific; T. van Dijkman, Canon Production Printing; E.C.M. Ording-Wenker, FrieslandCampina; B. Limburg, Professor lector, University of Barcelona; S. Raoufmoghaddam, AstraZeneca Cambridge; S. Akerboom, Wilgenhaege; T.J. Mooibroek, European Patent Office; R. Angamuthu, associate professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India; F. Terrade, Accsys.

Other responsibilities

  • Director of Education of the MSc programme Chemistry (since 2013) and the MSc programme Life Science & Technology (since 2019)
  • Fellow of ChemPubSoc Europe (2018)
  • Editorial board member for the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2006-2016), Applied Organometallic Chemistry (2009-2019).
  • Board member General board of Leiden University Fund (LUF; 2011-2019)
  • Board member of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of EuCheMS (2012-2020)
  • Advisor for the 3rd EuCheMS Inorganic Chemistry Conference (Wroclaw, Poland, 2015).
  • Board member of the study group Coordination Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis of the Dutch Chemical Sciences (CW; 2014-2017)
  • Member of the ‘Permanent Committee for Academic Practice’ of the Science Faculty (WECO; 2014-2021)
  • Member of review panels for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Academy of Finland

Publication record including five recent representative publications

Over 210 papers with >5700 citations, H-index 37 (Web of Science); 3 book chapters, 11 patents

Full publication record: ResearcherID

  • Marvelous C., de Azevedo Santos L., Siegler M.A., Fonseca Guerra C., Bouwman E., Probing the redox-conversion of Co(II)-disulfide to Co(III)-thiolate complexes: the effect of ligand-field strength. Dalton Trans., 2022, 51, 8046-8055. DOI: 10.1039/D2DT00356B
  • de Bruijn H.M., Fonseca Guerra C., Bouwman E., Bickelhaupt F.M., The Hydrogenation Problem in Cobalt-based Catalytic Hydroaminomethylation. ChemistrySelect, 2020, 5, 13981-13994. DOI: 10.1002/slct.202003294
  • Limburg B., Gloaguen Y., de Bruijn H.M., Drent E., Bouwman E., Palladium-catalyzed isomerization/(cyclo)carbonylation of pentenamides: a mechanistic study of the chemo- and regioselectivity, ChemCatChem, 2017, 9, 2961-2971. DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201700345
  • Fu W., van Dijkman T.F., Lima L.M.C., Jiang F., Schneider G.F., Bouwman E., Ultrasensitive ethene detector based on a graphene copper(I) hybrid material, Nano Lett. 2017, 17, 7980-7988. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04466
  • Terrade F.G., van Krieken J., Verkuijl B.J.V., Bouwman E., Catalytic cracking of lactide and poly(lactic acid) to acrylic acid at low temperatures. ChemSusChem, 2017, 10, 1904-1908. DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700108

Professor of Inorganic chemistry

  • Science
  • Leiden Institute of Chemistry
  • LIC/Energy & Sustainability

Work address

Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Room number EE319


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