Van ‘t Hoff symposium on chirality

2 June 2022 from 10:00 to 17:30 hrs
Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam
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Ever noticed how your hands form these almost perfect mirror images of each other? Almost perfect, because no matter how you orient them, it is impossible to perfectly superimpose them. 

Human hands are perhaps the most recognized example of ‘chirality’, a fascinating molecular property where molecules might look exactly alike each other, but differ in symmetry. It plays a key role in properties of molecules, and as such is important for chemical synthesis, but it also impacts the fields of supramolecular chemistry and material science. Chirality has fascinated scientists ever since the 3D models of molecules were proposed by Theoretical Chemist van ‘t Hoff in 1875.

On Thursday the 2nd  of June, the KNAW Van ‘t Hoff Stichting is delighted to present the Chirality Symposium, where the state of the art on chirality in different areas of chemistry will be discussed by some of the world’s most leading scientists on this topic today.


  • Ben List, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021, director & scientific member at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research
  • Donna Blackmond, Professor in Chemistry, Scripps Research La Jolla, California
  • Stephen Goldup, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southampton, Royal Society Wolfson Fellow
  • Javier Montenegro, Associate Professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry, Principal Investigator at The Center for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials, University of Santiago de Compostela
  • Ron Naaman, Principal Investigator at the Department of Chemical and Biological Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Silvia Vignolini, Professor of Chemistry and Bio-materials, University of Cambridge

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Chemists and other scientists with a fundamental understanding of chirality are welcome to join this one-day symposium. You can register free of charge via our registration form. The main language during the symposium is English.