Jan Reedijk, Prof. Dr.

  • emeritus professor

Telephone number
+31 (0)71 527 4459
E-mail address
Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Metals in Catalysis, Biomimetics & Inorganic Materials
Office address
Gorlaeus Laboratories
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
roomnumber EE.3.17


Personal data Born: August 3, 1943; Westmaas; The Netherlands

EducationLeiden University, The Netherlands
1964: BSc in chemistry
1966: MSc in inorganic chemistry (cum laude)
1968: PhD in chemistry (cum laude); Thesis: "Methyl cyanide as a ligand";
Thesis advisor: Dr. W.L. Groeneveld; Thesis supervisor: Dr. E.W. Gorter

Leiden University
1964-1966: junior instructor inorganic chemistry
1966-1968: instructor inorganic chemistry
1968-1972: postdoctoral instructor coordination chemistry
1979-2009: professor of chemistry
2009-2013: part-time professor of chemistry
2013-present: emeritus professor of chemistry

Delft University of Technology
January 1, 1973-November 1, 1979: "Lector" (Reader) in inorganic and physical chemistry
Cambridge University: fall semester 1993: visiting professor
Université Louvain la Neuve: spring semester 2002: visiting professor
Strasbourg, Université Louis Pasteur: academic year 2004-2005: visiting professor
Munster, Westfalische Wilhelms Universität: spring 2009: visiting professor
Riyadh, King Saud University: 2009-2015: part-time honorary professor
Milan, University of Milan: spring semester 2010: visiting professor
Dunedin, University of Otago, spring semester 2011: visiting professor
Torun, Copernicus University, spring semester 2012: visiting professor

Selection of major honors
* 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)
* Knighted by the Queen; Order of the Dutch Lion (2008)

Publications (1965-present): over 1200 research publications in refereed journals, patents & books
h-index (2016): 86
Supervised students (1973-2010): over 250 MSc; 90 PhD; over 100 postdocs

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)

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 (1999-2014)
* New Journal of Chemistry (Nouveau Journal de Chimie) (1989-2011)
* Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications (1993-1997)
* Topics in Biological Inorganic Chemistry (1996-2014)
* Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (1995-2000)
*Polyhedron (1998-2011);
* Pure and Applied Chemistry (2010-present)
* Inorganic Chemistry (1997-1999)
* Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry (Series Editor, 2009-2013)
* European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (Founding Editor; 1998-2008)
* Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering; (Series Editor; 2012 - present)

Major professional activities and recognitions
* Membership of IUPAC committees (selection only):
- Inorganic Chemistry Nomenclature (CNIC; 1977-1987); (Division VIII: 2009-2011)        
- Inorganic Chemistry Division Titular Member (since 2006); vice-president (2010-2013); president (2014-2018)
* Scientific Director Leiden Institute of Chemistry (1993-1998); Scientific and Managing Director Leiden Institute of Chemistry (1998-2005)
* Executive Secretary of the International Coordination Chemistry Conferences (1988-2012)
* Chairman Organizing Committee 3rd International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry (1987)
* Member International Organizing Committee EURASIA conferences of Chemistry (1990-2000); chairman (1994-1996)
* Member of the International Organizing Committee of the International Symposium on Macromolecule Metal Complexes (1993-2005); chairman (1995-1997)
* Gordon Research Conferences: Chairman "Metals in Medicine" (2010)
* 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 (1992-2014)
* Council Member Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (1999-2005)
* Member International Advisory Board of the European Inorganic Chemistry Seminars (1986-1988; 2002-2009)
* National Representative Committee of Chemistry of COST (1990-1996; 2005-2014)
* Max Planck Society:  Fachbeirat MPI für Bioanorganische Chemie, Mülheim (1995-2011)
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)
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)