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Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research (Bijvoet Center)
Date of Last update : 2017.05.11 Rivision Request
Hosting Legal Entity
Utrecht University, Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research
Type Of RI
Padualaan 8, Nicolaas Bloembergen Building, Utrecht, PO: 3584 CH (Netherlands), Netherlands(46.5476, 7.9855)
Coordinating Country
Life Cycle Status
Operational since 1988
Mission and objective
The Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research at Utrecht University in the Netherlands was founded in 1988 and aims to gain insight into the relation, at the molecular level, between the structure and the function, and activity of biomolecules that are involved in recognition, interaction, and regulatory processes. To achieve this goal, the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research maintains an advanced infrastructure and provides high-quality research training programs for young scientists.The Bijvoet Center coordinates the EU funded infrastructure projects PRIME-XS (proteomics) and WeNMR (computational structural biology), participates in the infrastructure projects Bio-NMR and EAST-NMR (biomolecular NMR) and acts as a Centre in the ESFRI project Instruct for integrated structural biology.
RI Keywords
Proteomics,Biochemistry,Lipids,Proteins,Protein assembly,Structural biology,X-ray crystallography,Mass spectrometry,NMR,Electron microscopy,Biomolecular modelling
RI Category
Structural Biology Facilities;Bio-informatics Facilities;Genomic, Transcriptomic, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facilities
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences;Chemistry and Material Sciences
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- Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer

- Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer

- 600 MHz NMR (Bruker AvanceII) with TCI cryoprobe

- 600 MHz NMR (Bruker AvanceIII)

- 700 MHz solid state NMR (Bruker Avance III)

- Bruker Proteum diffractometer

- Bruker Kappa Apex II diffractometer

- 500 MHz solid state NMR (Bruker Avance III)

- 500 MHz NMR (Bruker AvanceII) with laser system

- 500 MHz NMR (Bruker AvanceDRX)

- 800 MHz solid state NMR (Bruker Avance III) with DNP

- 400 MHz solid state NMR (Bruker Avance III) with DNP

- Q-ToF Mass Spectrometer

- Tecnai 10

Tecnai 10 Transmission Electron Microscope.

- Tecnai 12

Tecnai 12 Transmission Electron Microscope.

- Tecnai 20 with STEM, BF and DF

Tecnai 20 Transmission Electron Microscope with STEM, BF and DF.

- Tecnai 20 FEG with STEM, HAADF, EDX, DF, BF and SE

Tecnai 20 Transmission Electron MicroscopeFEG with STEM, HAADF, EDX, DF, BF and SE.

- Nova 600 NanoLab

Nova 600 NanoLab Scanning Electron Microscope.


XL30S FEG Scanning Electron Microscope.

- Local clusters and European Grid Initiative distributed computing infrastructure

The facility hosts about 50000 CPU-cores and 200 TB of storage for distributed computing purposes related to structural biology.

- Q-Exactive Mass Spectrometer

Q-Exactive Mass Spectrometer.

- Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer

- MALDI Mass Spectrometer

- 750 MHz NMR (Bruker AvanceII)


- Molecular modeling / docking simulation

Developed by the NMR spectroscopy group at the Bijvoet Center of Utrecht University, several web portals provide access to powerful software packages ported. A wide range of structural biology related software packages are available covering the many stages in NMR structure calculation, molecular dynamics simulations and structure modelling.

- Native protein complex mass spectrometry

Native protein mass spectrometry (part of the Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics group, Bijvoet Center, Utrecht University) provides a rapid and sensitive means for assessing the quaternary organisation of proteins. It is widely applicable, including antibodies and assemblies as large as viruses, containing intrinsically disordered regions, associated with membranes, or populating a range of oligomeric states. The state-of-the-art enables the determination of inter-subunit connectivity, protein shape and topology, and equilibrium dynamics.

- High-throughput, large scale, proteomics analysis

The Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics group at Utrecht University provides an expert centre for state of the art proteomics analysis. Innovative mass spectrometric methods are developed and implemented for the efficient and detailed characterization of biomolecules in their relation to their biological function. The scientific focus ranges from single protein identifications to the analysis of complex, whole cell lysate, samples and determination of posttranslational modifications. The group is part of the Netherlands Proteomics Centre (NPC) and the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research.

- Small molecular X-ray structure determination

The National Single Crystal X-ray Facility at the Bijvoet Center of Utrecht University offers crystal structure determinations to synthetic chemists at universities, institutes and companies in The Netherlands. With experienced staff, state-of-the-art equipment and advanced software we are able to handle a large variation of chemical compounds.

- Electron Microscopy

The EM facility at the Bijvoet Center of Utrecht University is devoted to the development and application of technologies for specimen preparation, electron microscopy data collection, as well as image analysis for cell biology and material sciences applications. The infrastructure includes several Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM) with a full range of attachments such as STEM, EDX and energy-filtering. The facility houses the equipment to prepare specimen with preservation of ultrastructures (including cryo-fixation and freeze-substitution of samples), immunolabeling, serial-sectioning and high-resolution electron tomography to study three dimensional structure of cells, tissues and other materials.

- Solution state NMR / protein structure determination

The solution state NMR infrastructure at the Bijvoet Center of Utrecht University group consists of a 950 MHz, a 900 MHz, a 750 MHz, two 600 MHz and a 500 MHz NMR spectrometer completely up to date with respect to current and future needs of high resolution NMR. The 950, 900 and one of the 600 MHz spectrometers are equipped with cryprobe systems for enhanced sensitivity. The 500 MHz spectrometer can be equipped with a laser system for light-related experiments.