Prof. dr. J.F.G. (Hans) Vliegenthart

Emeritus Professor 
Hugo R. Kruytgebouw
Padualaan 8
Kamer Z702
3584 CH Utrecht

Prof. dr. J.F.G. (Hans) Vliegenthart

Emeritus Professor
+31 30 253 2168

Curriculum Vitae Hans Vliegenthart

Personal Data

Family name:           Vliegenthart

Given names:           Johannes Frederik Gerardus (Hans)

Office address:         Department of Bio-Organic Chemistry

                                 Bijvoet Center, Utrecht University

                                 Padualaan 8 - room Z702

                                 NL-3584 CH  Utrecht

                                 The Netherlands

                                 Tel: +31 30 253 2168 / +31 6 233 66 88 9


Academic Background Utrecht University

1953 - 1960              Chemistry

1967                         Ph.D.-Thesis: Neurohypophyseal hormones, a comparative study 

Academic Positions at Utrecht University in Bio-Organic Chemistry

1968                         Assistant Professor  

1975                         Associate Professor (Lector)

1980                         Full Professor  

1982 - 1984              Chairman of the Department Organic Chemistry

1985 - 2003              Chairman of the Department of Bio-Organic Chemistry

1985 – 1989             Dean Faculty of Chemistry

2000 - 2003              Dean Faculty of Chemistry

1988 - 2000              Founder and Research Director of the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research (a joint institute of the Netherlands Science Foundation and Utrecht University)

1992 - 2000              Director of the Bijvoet Research School for Biomolecular Chemistry 

2003 -                       Honorary Professor Utrecht University

2010 -                       Chairman of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Bijvoet Center

International Functions

1979-                          Netherlands representative in the International Glycoconjugate Organization

2015-                          Chairman of the Task Group for Carbohydrate Nomenclature of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

Guest Professorships

1974                            University of Cape Town, South Africa

2004 - 2008                Tsinghua University, Beijing China

2008 – 2009                Nankai University, Tianjin China

2013                            Senior Scientific Advisor at the Tianjin International Joint Academy of Biotechnology and Medicine

Awards & Distinctions    

1978                         Hilditch Memorial Lecture Award

1987                         Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

1988                         Shield of the Medical Faculty of Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan

1989                         Honorary Member of the American Society for Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

1990                         Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

1992                         Honorary Doctor, University of Debrecen, Hungary

1993                         Honorary Doctor, University of Science and Technology of Lille,France

1993                         Louis Pasteur Medal of the University of Science and Technology of Lille, France

1994                         Claude S. Hudson Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry from the American Chemical Society

1997                         Honorary Doctor, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

1998                         Knight of the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands 

1999                         Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

2000                         Bijvoet Medal of Utrecht University

2001                         Medal of Rome University, Tor Vergata, Italy

2002                         Highly Cited Researcher, Institute Scientific Information

2003                         Silver Medal Utrecht University

2007                         Honorary Member Netherlands Society for Glycobiology

2016                         Medal of Merit, KF Hein Foundation, Utrecht The Netherlands

2017                         Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

A Chairman or member of many National and International Scientific Boards and Advisory Bodies

Research Interests

The primary and three-dimensional structure of carbohydrates, glycoproteins, glycolipids and other glycoconjugates. Glycobiology. Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of carbohydrates and glycoconjugates, Biocatalysis, iron- containing enzymes, enzymic oxygenation, poly-unsaturated fatty acids


Author or Co-author of about 700 scientific publications; see for a list: