Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Jan de Leeuw

Guest researcher
Phone number
+31 (0)222 369 471
General Support (GES)
Guest researcher


  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Geochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Geology
Jan de leeuw with queen Beatrix of The Netherlands during the re-opening of NIOZ on Texel, January 2003.


Dike building, Origin of Life, Decommissioning Oil & Gas platforms

Current positions & education

HBS-B, Chemistry at University of Amsterdam, PhD in synthetic organic chemistry at University of Amsterdam

Research interests

See above Expertise/Specialisation + Astronomy and extraterrestrial oceans.


NIOZ publications

  • 2016
    van Bree, L.G.J.; Rijpstra, W.I.C.; Al-Dhabi, N.A.; Verschuren, D.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; de Leeuw, J.W. (2016). Des-A-lupane in an East African lake sedimentary record as a new proxy for the stable carbon isotopic composition of C3 plants. Org. Geochem. 101: 132–139.
  • 2015
    Mills, H.L.; de Leeuw, J.; Hinrichs, K.-U.; Inagaki, F.; Kallmeyer, J. (2015). Advancing subsurface biosphere and paleoclimate research: ECORD–ICDP–DCO–J-DESC–MagellanPlus Workshop Series Program Report. Sci. Drill. 20: 59-65.
  • 2014
    Mills, H.J.; de Leeuw, J.W.; Hinrichs, K.-U.; Inagaki, F.; Kallmeyer, J. (2014). Advancing Sub-Surface Biosphere and Paleoclimate Research MagellanPlus Workshop - 21- 23 August 2014, Seoul (South Korea). ECORD newsl. 23: 21
    van Bree, L.G.J.; Rijpstra, W.I.C.; Cocquyt, C.; Al-Dhabi, N.-A.; Verschuren, D.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; de Leeuw, J.W. (2014). Origin and palaeoenvironmental significance of C25 and C27n-alk-1-enes in a 25,000-year lake-sedimentary record from equatorial East Africa. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 145: 89–102.
  • 2011
    Camphuysen, C.J.; de Leeuw, J.W. (2011). Environmental impact of hydrophobic chemicals with low water solubility released from merchant shipping, in: Roose, P. et al. Monitoring Chemical Pollution in Europe’s Seas: Programmes, practices and priorities for research. European Marine Board Position Paper, 16: pp. 51-63
    Nierop, K.G.J.; Speelman, E.N.; de Leeuw, J.W.; Reichart, G.J. (2011). The omnipresent water fern Azolla caroliniana does not contain lignin. Org. Geochem. 42(7): 846-850.