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At the PAC symposium held 3 March at Leiden University, UvA chemistry student Marianne Lankelma has won the Young KNCV Poster Competition. Tessel Bouwens, also a UvA chemistry student, ended as runner-up. Xander Schaapkens from VU University took home the third prize.


The PAC Symposium is a yearly scientific symposium for students in chemistry, chemical technology or life sciences at the Dutch universities. They present their research projects at poster sessions and in doing so compete for the Young KNCV Posterprize. A jury established by the Dutch chemistry society KNCV awards three prizes amounting to 500, 250 and 150 euro, respectively.

This year all prizes were won by students of the combined UvA/VU chemistry education. Shirley Woutersen of Leiden University won the prize awarded by the symposium participants.

Winners Young KNCV posterprize
The prize winning students (from left to right): Shirley Wouters, Marianne Lankelma, Tessel Bouwens and Xander Schaapkens. Photo: KNCV

Marianne Lankelma's award-winning poster reflected her research into the activation of terminal alkynes by means of a homogeneous catalyst containing two neighbouring gold atoms. She performed her research at the group for Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-inspired Catalysis of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, under the supervision of Vincent Vreeken and Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt.