One of the themes of the Utrecht University Open Science Programme is developing a new vision on Recognition and Rewards: no longer should researchers be evaluated based on the impact factor of the journal in which they publish their research results or on how often their articles are cited, laid down in the so-called Hirsch-index (often abbreviated to h-index).
To festively celebrate the end of the Da Vinci Project 2020-2021 program, a Comenius Teaching Fellow project conceptualized and lead by Prof. Weckhuysen, a physical reunion was organized for the students and the external partners at Strand Oog in Al (Utrecht). This year marked the second edition of the interdisciplinary honours program, in which groups
Ina Vollmer and Florian Meirer have been interviewed for an in-depth article about plastic in the environment: 99 percent of all the plastics in the ocean is missing. We know it went in, but we have no clue where it’s headed. One thing is certain though: plastic is never really gone. The question is: where did it go?
Neighbors of an Asphalt-processing plant in den Bosch are concerned about the smell emanating from the plant, and fear for exposure to benzene. Bert Weckhuysen was interviewed to explain how chemical plants can safely operate in the vicinity of built-up areas. The interview (in Dutch) can be found at https://www.nporadio1.nl/blok-toine/uitzendingen/3572079-2021-05-05. The interview is in the second
The ICC scientific staff was recently expanded with two new tenure-track assistant professors: Ina Vollmer and Matteo Monai, presently post-docs at ICC, will join the team of ICC and ARC CBBC (https://arc-cbbc.nl). Ina will work on the selective low temperature conversion of plastic waste, while Matteo will attempt to push the boundaries of rational catalysts
In ARC-CBBC, industry, academia and government cooperate to redesign the chemical industry, and drastically reduce its environmental footprint. Led by Bert Weckhuysen (UU-ICC), Hans Kuipers (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Nobel-Prize winner Ben Feringa (Groningen University), the consortium celebrated its fifth anniversary on April 22, 2021. Distinguished guests Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs
Freddy Rabouw has been awarded 50 k€ for his new KIEM project entitled “Helder rood licht dankzij slimme energieomzetting” (Bright red light thanks to smart energy conversion). He will implement the project together with Seaborough Research B.V., an innovative start-up from Amsterdam in the lighting industry. In this project, the partners aim to design –
ICC-graduate Charlotte Vogt was selected for the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 Europe 2021 list. Charlotte was selected in the Science and Healthcare section of the list, for her studies of catalytic reactions that can help prevent climate change, including ammonia synthesis and CO2 reduction. The Forbes list recognizes science and healthcare entrepreneurs that are inventing the future from the atom
Chemistry is everywhere. It is in our everyday consumer products. At the same time, it lies at the heart of some of the world’s present-day challenges. To act on climate change and sustainability challenges, the Dutch government, industry and scientists have joined forces to head to a better future. Since 2016, the Advanced Research Center
Together with Kurt Wüthrich, Laurence Rongy and Anne De Wit, Bert Weckhuysen was co-editor of the recently published conference proceeding of the 25th Solvay Conference on Chemistry, entitled ‘Computational Modeling – From Chemistry to Materials to Biology‘. The book highlights the records of the discussions on the current and future perspectives in the field, from chemistry
Great successes at the 22nd Netherlands Catalysis and Chemistry Conference (NCCC)! Iris ten Have has received the NIOK Lecture Award for the best presentation for her talk titled “Identifying Aldehyde Functionalities as a Source for Polyaromatics during Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis” with co-authors Alexander P. van Bavel, Adriaan J. A. Duijndam, Robert Geitner, Tianbai Huang, Stephan Kupfer,
PhD student Sophie van Vreeswijk has received a Poster Award during the Faraday Discussions. Her poster entitled “Atom Probe Tomography and Operando Spectroscopy Reveal Nano-scale Compositions, Clustering and Conking Behaviour during the Zeolite-Catalysed Methanol-to-Olefin Process” reported results on reaction mechanisms in catalysis, Congratulations to this achievement, Sophie!