Molecular movies

For years, Prof. Bert Weckhuysen has been trying to build a powerful camera to record what happens in a working catalytic solid. The long-term aim of this work is to bring this technology to a level that enables imaging catalysis at macro, meso and micro scales, from the reactor down to interactions between single atoms and molecules. He is a keen photographer, who has found a way to combine his hobby with his scientific interests in a way that significantly contributed to the significant technological advancement of the method ‘operando spectroscopy’, named by some colleagues and Weckhuysen himself. The term refers to a specialized form of in situ spectroscopy, in which measurements take place under realistic catalytic conditions of high temperature and pressure, empowering us to study catalysts in all their complexity and heterogeneity. Only this way can we accumulate enough knowledge to rationally design more efficient catalyst materials which, on one hand, are necessary to produce the energy and materials for the quickly increasing human population in a sustainable manner and, on the other hand, will help us to reduce the concentration of CO in the atmosphere.

Find the detailed CV here: Bert Weckhuysen curriculum vitae

29 April 2020

Metal-Organic Frameworks: Defects, Spectroscopy and Catalysis

PhD defense of Miguel Rivera Torrente Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) materials consist of metal ions or >

Latest awards

  • The 2019-2020 Charles Casey Lecturship Award in Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry of the University of Madison at Wisconsin – March 2020.

  • The best Poster Prize to Luke Parker at the 21st NCCC – March 2020

  • Bert Weckhuysen becomes Pearlman Lecturer at the Weizmann Institute of Science – January 2020