Daniël L. J. (Danny) Broere

Danny obtained his BSc degree with honors in 2010 at the HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht. He obtained his MSc degree cum laude in 2012 at the VU University Amsterdam. Subsequently, he moved to the University of Amsterdam where he obtained his PhD in Chemistry cum laude in 2016, under supervision of Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt and Joost Reek, working on redox-active ligands. After his PhD, Danny worked as a NWO Rubicon Postdoctoral fellow in the group of Patrick Holland at Yale University on a NWO Rubicon fellowship, working on the development of low-valent iron complexes for the conversion of dinitrogen into organic amines. In September 2018, Danny started as a tenure track assistant professor at Utrecht University where he received tenure and was promoted to associate professor per January 2024. His research focusses on the development of well defined homogeneous multimetallic catalyst systems.

Danny serves on the Early Career Advisory Boards of both JACS Au and the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and was selected as a member of the Utrecht Young Academy in 2022.  He also is a regular member of the SIA Kiem GoChem  committee and a regular reviewer for top chemistry journals such as JACS, Angewandte Chemie and Chemical Science. Danny also coordinates the Organic Chemistry line within Utrecht University’s BSc program and teaches several courses on Organic and Organometallic Chemistry at the BSc and MSc level.

Selected Prizes & Awards:

  • Horizon Europe ERC Starting Grant 2023 “N2-CONVERT”
  • Human Frontiers Science Program 2023 Research Grant “SMARTSWITCH”
  • Utrecht University’s Teaching Talent prize 2022 
  • NWO ENW-XS Grant 2021 “Bio‐inspired tools for a more efficient drug discovery process”
  • NWO ENW-M1 Grant 2021 “A Catalytic One‐Two Punch for Hydrogen Storage and Release”
  • NWO Veni Grant 2020 “Multiple Metals for Base Chemicals”
  • NWO START-UP Grant 2019 “Working together”
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Grant 2019 “Two are better than one, BiMetaCat”
  • Elected Chair of the 2019 Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Gordon Research Seminar in Galveston, Texas, USA
  • NWO Rubicon fellow (competitive postdoctoral fellowship), awarded by The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for 2 years (2016-2018)
  • PhD Cum laude – the highest PhD honours at University of Amsterdam (2016)
  • Best Lecture award, 16th Netherlands’ Catalysis and Chemistry Conference
  • Top Poster Prize, 5th European Chemistry Symposium (EuCheMS, Istanbul)
  • Cum Laude graduate of the MSc: Molecular Design, Synthesis and Catalysis
  • Freemover travel grant, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 2012
  • Royal Dutch Chemical Association (KNCV) travel grant 2012