Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
He has authored and co-authored more than 1,100 research papers in molecular inorganic chemistry areas, like coordination chemistry, biomimetic chemistry, anticancer metal compounds and homogeneous catalysis. He served as the Director of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry from 1993-2005. His work has been honored by a Max Planck Award, and a Royal Knighthood to the order of the Dutch Lion. He is also an elected Member of the Royal Netherland Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea and the Finnish Academy of Sciences.
He has been a founding editor of the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, he belongs to the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, and he is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s new Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering on ScienceDirect. He is President of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).