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About “Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt”

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born 1975 Schiedam (Netherlands)



MSc : Chemical Technology and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Thesis: “Cu-mediated radical polymerization” (with Prof. Dr. A. German)

1999 – 2003

PhD : Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Promoters: Prof. Dr. D. Vogt, Prof. Dr. DJ Cole-Hamilton (St. Andrews, Scotland)
Area: Organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis
Thesis: “Versatile phosphorus ligands: synthesis, coordination chemistry and catalysis”


2004 – 2005

Postdoc : University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Advisor: Prof. Dr. TB Rauchfuss
area: Bio-Inorganic Chemistry of Iron-containing Metalloenzymes, specifically the Fe-only Hydrogenase Active Site.
2005 –2007
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow : Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany
Advisor: Prof. Dr. F. Meyer
area: Synthesis, Organometallic Chemistry and Magnetochemistry with Oligonuclear Complexes based on Dinucleating Pyrazolate Ligands.

2007 –2008
Independent Researcher : (VENI-grantee) Eindhoven University of Technology
Host: Prof. Dr. D. Vogt
Project: Toward Selective Organometallic Mediated Amination of Alkenes with Ammonia. (3 year funding from NWO-Chemical Sciences)


Oct 2008 – Sep 2011
Assistant Professor University of Amsterdam
Group leader: Prof. Dr. JNH Reek
Topics: Bioinspired Sustainable Catalysis, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Small Molecule Activation, Reactive Ligand Design, Homogeneous Catalysis, Photocatalysis

Oct 2012 – Sep 2017
Assistant Professor
 (tenured) University of Amsterdam

Oct 2017 – Mar 2020
Associate Professor
 (with ius promovendi) University of Amsterdam

Oct 2019
Offer Chair Inorganic Chemistry (W3) Bergische Universität Wuppertal (declined)

Apr 2020 –
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry (W2), Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Current research interests

Molecular Inorganic Chemistry: Reactive and Redox-Active Ligand Designs; transition metal coordination chemistry and bioinspired catalysis; New Strategies for Small Molecule Activation; Synthesis and Reactivity of Multicore Architectures; main group chemistry with a focus on phosphorus chemistry: radical chemistry; Controlled proton and electron transfer; Sustainable chemistry for a circular economy


Contribute to scientific progress with passion and commitment through research, supervision and teaching

teaching tasks

che105 – General and Inorganic Chemistry for students in the Chemistry Bachelor and Chemistry 2-subject Bachelor courses (General and Inorganic Chemistry for BSc Chemistry Students and BSc Chemistry Teaching Students)

che440 – Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

BSc and MSc theses


  • Royal Dutch Chemical Association (KNCV)
  • German Chemistry Association (GDCh)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Member, NWO-CW Section ‘Coordination Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis’
  • Member, NWO-CW Section “Design and Synthesis”
  • Member, Holland Research School Molecular Sciences (HRSMC)
  • Member, EU COST action ‘PhoSciNet’
  • Member, Dutch Institute for Catalysis Research (NIOK)
  • Member, National Research School Combination – Catalysis (NRSC-C)