The main research interest is the development of bio-inspired materials and processes. By using a combination of synthetic techniques from organic chemistry, materials science and molecular biology, protein and peptide based materials are designed and constructed. Research lines include controlled drug delivery systems, artificial organelles, smart enzymes and hybrid materials comprising bioactive peptides and synthetic polymers.
Jan van Hest is professor of bio-organic chemistry at the Faculty of Science. He is the current Faculty's vice-dean of research. Since 2005 he is a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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