Huub de Groot is professor of biophysical organic chemistry at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University, The Netherlands. He graduated in solid state physics, specialising in nonlinear excitations in magnetic systems and then changed into biophysics, exploring the fundamental principles of photsynthesis with NMR. After two years performing biological solid state NMR at MIT he returned to the chemistry department at Leiden University, where he was offered a chair in 1997. A consortium under his guidance brought solid state NMR to ultra high field for structure-function studies and to demonstrate structure determination. Since 2007 he works on transferring principles from photosynthesis into artificial photosynthesis, where he uses NMR in conjuction with diffraction, optical spectroscopy and computer simulations. He provides the scientific underpinnings for direct conversion of light energy by quantum instabilities in bio-inspired responsive matrices and applies those in the construction of solar panels for the direct production of hydrogen from water.
Prof. de Groot serves since 2012 as the scientific director of the Dutch BioSolar Cells consortium, a public-private partnership in which 9 knowledge institutes and more than 30 companies work on the development of high yield photosynthesis and artificial photosynthesis for food, fuel and chemical feedstock.