Jan Reedijk#

Personal data

Born: August 3, 1943; Westmaas; The Netherlands

  • Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • 1964: B.Sc. in chemistry
  • 1966: M.Sc. in inorganic chemistry (cum laude)
  • 1968: Ph.D. in chemistry (cum laude), Thesis: "Methyl cyanide as a ligand", Thesis advisors: Dr. W.L. Groeneveld, Dr. E.W. Gorter

  • Leiden University
    • 1964-1966: junior instructor inorganic chemistry
    • 1966-1968: instructor inorganic chemistry
    • 1968-1972: postdoctoral instructor coordination chemistry
  • Delft University of Technology (January 1, 1973 - November 1, 1979)
    • "Lector" (Reader) in inorganic and physical chemistry
  • Leiden University, Professor of Chemistry (1979-2009); part-time: 2009-present
  • Cambridge University: fall semester 1993: Visiting Professor
  • Université Louvain la Neuve: Spring semester 2002: visiting professor
  • Strasbourg, Université Louis Pasteur, Academic year 2004-5: visiting professor
  • Münster, Westfalische Wilhelms Universität, 2009 Spring: visiting professor
  • King Saud University, Riyadh, 2009-present; part-time honorary professor
  • University of Milan, 2010: spring semester, visiting professor

Research interests
  • Coordination chemistry of transition-metal ions
  • Bioinorganic chemistry (active-site structure and mechanism; models for metalloproteins; metal-DNA interactions)
  • Applications of coordination chemistry in catalysis, medicine, ion-exchange, surface chemistry
  • Extended (magnetic and electric) interactions in coordination compounds and magnetic materials (dimers, clusters, chains)
  • Molecular recognition and intermolecular interactions (catalysis; biomacromolecules)

Professional societies and Major Honors
  • Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (1962-present)
  • American Chemical Society and Inorganic Chemistry Division (1981-present)
  • International Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (1995-present)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (1989-present)
  • Max Planck Research Award Bioinorganic Chemistry (Bonn, 1992)
  • Honorary Chakravorty Award, India (2010)
  • Elected member Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (1996)
  • Elected member Finnish Academy of Sciences (1997)
  • Elected Honorary Member Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (2003)
  • Elected member Academia Europaea (2004)

Over 1100 research publications in refereed journals, patents&books (1965-present); h-index(2009): 70; Supervised students (1973-2009): over 250 MSc; 90 PhDs; over 100 postdocs.

Major professional activities, recognitions and other honors
  • Membership of IUPAC committees (selection only):
    • Inorganic Chemistry Nomenclature (CNIC; 1977-1987); (Division VIII: 2009-2011)
    • Interdivisional Committee on Nomenclature and Symbols (IDCNS; 1985-1994)
    • Interdivisional Committee on Bioinorganic Terminology (JCBN; 1992-1996)
    • Inorganic Chemistry Division Titular Member (since 2006); vice-president: 2010-2013
    • Chairman Department of Chemistry, Leiden University (1985-1989)
  • Scientific Director Leiden Institute of Chemistry (1993-1998); Scientific and Managing Director Leiden Institute of Chemistry (1998-2005)
  • Chairman Organizing Committee 3rd Intern. Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry (1987)
  • Member International Organizing Committee EURASIA conferences of Chemistry (1990-2000); Chairman 1994-96.
  • Member of the International Organizing Committee of the International Symposium on Macromolecule Metal Complexes (1993-2005); chairman 1995-1997.
  • Board Member International Conferences on Bioinorganic Chemistry (1985-present)
  • Board Member European Conferences on Bioinorganic Chemistry (1992-2002)
  • Board Member International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry (1992-present)
  • Council Member Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC; 1999-2005)
  • Executive Secretary of the International Coordination Chemistry Conferences (1988-present)
  • Member International Advisory Board of the European Inorganic Chemistry Seminars (1986-1988; 2002-2009)
  • National Representative Committee of Chemistry of COST (1990-1996; 2005-present)
  • Chairman Management Committee Biocoordination Chemistry, COSTD1 (1992-1994)
  • Max Planck Society: Fachbeirat MPI für Bioanorganische Chemie, Mülheim (1995-present)
  • Member of the Netherlands National Foresight Committee in Chemistry (1993-1996)
  • Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (selection of duties and honors):
    • president 1990 (president-elect in 1989); chairman and member of several committees
    • chairman committee of inorganic chemistry nomenclature (1979-present)
    • IUPAC Council representative for the Netherlands; (1989-1995; 2005-present)
    • Elected Honorary Member (2003)
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (selection of committees):
    • board member of academy chemistry commission (1980-1988; 1990; 2002-2007);
    • ordinary member of the commission (1988-1991; 1993-2007)
  • Netherlands Organization for Advancement of Research (NWO):
    • Board member of committee of physical sciences (1978-1985)
    • Executive Committee, Netherlands Foundation for Chemical Research (1997-2003)

Major editorial board services
  • Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions (1989-1997)
  • Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (1991-present)
  • Advances in Inorganic Chemistry (1987-present)
  • Comments on Inorganic Chemistry (1987-present)
  • Russian Journal of Coordination Chemistry (1999-present)
  • New Journal of Chemistry (Nouveau Journal de Chimie) (1989-present)
  • Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications (1993-1997)
  • Topics in Biological Inorganic Chemistry (1996-present)
  • Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (1995-2000)
  • Polyhedron (1998-present); Pure and Applied Chemistry (2010-present)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (1997-1999) ;
  • Inorganic Synthesis (1999-present)
  • European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (Founding Editor; 1998-2008)

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