Congratulations to Dr. Silvia Zanoni for her great defence of her PhD work: “Characterization of Supported Metallocene Catalysts for Ethylene Polymerization” on September 6th. Wishing you all success! This project aimed to a thorough investigation of the support role in the polymerization reaction catalyzed by metallocenes, in order to understand the mechanism behind the significant
Bringing molecules together: Photoredox chemistry squeezed into small pores This research proposal of Bettina Baumgartner aims to make chemical reactions more energy efficient. The goal is to convert CO2 and CH4 into basic chemicals using only sunlight. It is a translation of biological processes that help to convert molecules, such as photosynthesis. Experimental setups based on
“Bert Weckhuysen, Professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, is renowned as a pioneering and world-leading expert in researching heterogeneous catalysts. During the 49th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress held in The Hague, The Netherlands, he will be honored with the inaugural Chemistry Europe Award […]” Bert was interviewed by Vera Koester for @ChemistryViews about @ChemEurope, the
Congratulations to Dr. Erik Maris for an outstanding PhD defense. Erik has used fluorescence microscopy to map pore structure & connectivity in porous (zeolite) catalyst materials by monitoring single molecules & carbon dots. Wishing you all success! To reduce our dependency of fossil resources, we have to develop alternative manufacturing processes to produce our materials,
Bert Weckhuysen was invited by @Wolf_Catalysis to the excellent WE-Heraeus-Seminar in Bad Honnef to discuss our CO and CO2 catalysis work for #SAF production, including a great round table discussion. Read more about the seminar here.
Bert visited @UCT_news at the University of Cape Tow and was impressed by the heterogeneous catalysis & electrocatalysis research facilities. In the picture Michael Claeys and his operando magnetometry setup for measuring catalyst phase changes.
@UniUtrecht‘s new Institute for Sustainable & Circular Chemistry was launched on June 10 with Eelco Vogt as director. We (re)design, synthesize & investigate molecules and materials for circularity and sustainability. The website of the ISCC can be found here.
We show in @ScienceMagazine how different reduction temperatures alter the support-metal nanoparticle interaction. “Metal nanoparticles can interact so strongly with reducible oxide supports that the particle becomes coated with the metal oxide during the initial reduction steps. Monai et al. used scanning transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy to explore how titanium oxide overlayers
“Catalysts spur the world’s economy, but they still hold many mysteries. “One-third of global gross domestic product relies on catalysts, and yet do we really understand how they operate under working conditions? Absolutely not,” says Charlotte Vogt, an assistant professor of chemistry at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology.” Charlotte also received the 2023 Beilby medal:
Unlocking the Renewable Energy Future! The second @sunergy_eu consortium meeting took place on February 15 & 16 in Brussels. We also held a workshop towards a shared vision & European roadmap on solar fuels (a.o., chaired by Ann Magnuson & Huub de Groot). Keynote lecture by James Durrant @durrant_group. Read more on the SUNERGY website.
“The rapid development of sustainability in chemistry, energy, and materials science ask for a flagship broad-scope interdisciplinary scientific journal in the field of catalysis that not only fosters fundamental science in the more traditional catalysis fields, but also brings in new, often somewhat more remotely developed methods, materials, and insights that not only inspire, but
Chemistry Europe, an association of 16 chemical societies from 15 European countries publishing a family of high-quality scholarly journals and the magazine ChemistryViews, recognizes outstanding contributions to chemistry with its new Chemistry Europe Award. The 2023 Chemistry Europe Award will go to Bert Weckhuysen, Professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, who is being honored “for