Isabel Arends




Isabel Arends (born 1966) studied Physical Organic Chemistry at Leiden University and obtained her PhD with distinction in 1993 for her doctoral thesis “Thermolysis of arene derivatives with coal-type hydrogen donors”. She subsequently spent a post-doc year at the Steacie Institute of Molecular Sciences, in Ottawa, Canada and was appointed KNAW Fellow of Delft University of Technology in 1996. She has been working as research group leader and Professor of Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry in the Biotechnology department since January 2007.

Her research is devoted to developing green catalysts for products and medicines, and focuses on the development and use of enzymes. Besides oxidative enzymes, she also studies hybrid varieties with metals in proteins, exploring their potential in the sustainable production of van epoxides, alcohols and ketones.

In relation to policy at Delft University of Technology, Isabel Arends is a member of the management team of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Vice-President of Post-Graduate School BSDL. In addition, she is chair of the “Women in Chemistry”committee with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and Chemical Sciences and up to the end of 2013 she was president of DEWIS (the network for female scientists at TU Delft).

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Oct 12th 2016

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