The Rise of Team Rust!

A warm welcome Emily and Andrea, the Broere group’s first postdoc and latest MSc student, respectively. Both are going to take a long hard look at how mother nature uses multiple metals in oxidation chemistry, steal the idea and figure out how to do similar cool stuff without all the spaghetti around the active site. We are all looking forward to the exciting chemistry coming out of their hands, which will undoubtedly also find new and elaborate ways to make …..

Posted on January 21st 2021


A Chemical Toolbox for the Future

Danny recorded a short video as part of the KNCV Eye-openers program. This program enables young scientists to tell something about their research in clear language, what’s it about, what inspires them and what they’re dreaming of. The KNCV eye-openers video series is for those interested in Science (and realize, of course, that things are much more complicated. Click here for the Dutch Version

Posted on January 4th 2021

Interview published in C2W

Danny was interviewed about how a Friday-afternoon experiment in his postdoc with Pat Holland resulted in a publication in Nature. In the interview he explains how teamwork was the key to the exciting new reaction that is reported. Along these lines, Danny discusses the importance of teamwork in our group and how this is encouraged through “Turnover Thursday”. The interview (in Dutch) can be found here.

Posted on October 21th 2020

Welcome to Abdullah, congrats Marijn and re-welcome Errikos 

The new academic year has arrived! After a long COVID-19 related delay, Abdullah has finally joined the group to do his BSc thesis work under the supervision of Cody. Abdullah will take Marijn’s place who finished her project and obtained her BSc degree (congrats!) Also, a re-welcome to Errikos, who spent half a year in the Tonks Lab (well…. probably mostly in his appartment due to the lockdown) in Minnesota has rejoined the group do his PhD. We look forward to the cool new chemistry that Abdullah and Errikos will be doing!

Posted on September 8th 2020

Errikos’ MSc thesis in the final three for two different prizes

Double congratulations to Errikos!! After being nominated for both the KNCV Golden Master Thesis and the Graduate School of Natural Sciences Master’s Thesis awards,  Errikos’ thesis has made it to the final three for both awards! Later this year we will find out if Errikos will bring home (even more) prize money. UPDATE: Errikos won the best GSNS thesis award! 

Posted on June 23rd 2020

Arthur’s work is accepted for publication in ChemComm!

Arthur’s work on a two-faced expanded pincer that was previously on ChemRxiv has been accepted for publication in the ChemComm Emerging Investigators 2020 issue!. In this paper we describe a new PONNOP expanded pincer ligand that can bind two copper(I) centers in close proximity, but undergoes an unexpected rearrangement in the presence of nickel(II) salts to form a mononuclear ‘regular’ pincer complex. Though both motifs are very interesting this work also functions as a cautionary note for the design of dinucleating naphthyridine-derived ligands featuring phosphinite donors. Credit to Lada Dabranskaya for the artwork 🙂

Posted on March 26th 2020 and updated on May 1st 2020

Second paper is accepted! & Errikos goes on a sabbatical

Congratulations to Errikos whose 2nd paper on dicopper(I)-“ErrikPhos” chemistry was just accepted for publication in Organometallics! In this paper we describe how the bonding of the 3-center 2-electron bridging mesityl ligand can be tuned by changing the expanded pincer protonation state. Also, in the wake of this good news Errikos has departed for a 5 month sabbatical in the Tonks Lab at the University of Minnesota. Try not to freeze there!

Posted on Jan 24th 2020

Roel joins the lab!

After writing a great review on heterobimetallic catalysis, Roel finally officially joined the Broere Group to start his PhD research. We are all looking forward to the new avenues in bimetallic chemistry & catalysis that Roel will be exploring! Most likely it will contain a healthy dose of naphthyridines and computational chemistry.

Posted on November 1st 2019

Postdoc position available

Are you that excellent chemist looking to do a PD that focuses on developing multimetallic catalysts for the conversion of biomass-derived compounds into valuable chemicals, or do you know that person? If so, there is an opportunity available in our group!

Motivated candidates are invited to send their application (incl. letter of motivation, CV, references, and list of grades).

Posted on September 27th 2019

Welcome to Lars!

A warm welcome to Lars Killian who has joined the Broere Group to do his MSc Thesis research project. Lars will be  working together with Cody and we are looking forward to his upcoming work on bimetallic catalysts. 

Posted on September 5th 2019

New Glovebox is up and running

Our new glovebox arrived! Now the OCC group has a total of four gloveboxes (three 4-glove and one 2-glove). With the latest addition waiting times should be drastically shortened, which should improve our workflow and output. One thing is certain: the box will never be as clean again as it is in the picture.

Posted on August 28th 2019

First paper is published!

Congratulations to Errikos whose work on “ErrikPhos” with dicopper(I) is accepted for publication in Chemistry – A European Journal! Not only does this new expanded pincer ligand bind two metals, it also enables cooperative dihydrogen activation to give an unusual tetranuclear copper hydride cluster.

Posted on August 22nd 2019