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All 2019 news

TIME to SHINE Plasmon-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Catalysis

The Ph.D. thesis of  Katinka Wondergem focusses on the development of Shell-Isolated Nanoparticle-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SHINERS) in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. SHINERS is a relatively new technique and has the potential to analyze catalytic processes on the nanoscale. This is achieved by using gold nanoparticles as ‘nanoantennae’ and bringing them in close proximity of

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Watch Charlotte Vogt explaining her research in 1 minute

In this short eye-opener video, Charlotte Vogt explains how her research will help to solve climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time. The KNCV eye-openers is an online stage where talented young scientists can explain their research in a 1-minute video. To watch more eye-opener videos, click here.

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Team science leads to breakthrough in CO2 conversion

“Collaboration is an essential condition for this degree of impact” Researchers from the universities of Utrecht and Eindhoven, together with chemical concern BASF, have unraveled the mechanism behind CO2 conversion. “We were able to solve this puzzle thanks to a fantastic partnership”, says research leader Bert Weckhuysen. “This research result is the culmination of a series

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Niels Stensen Fellowship for Charlotte Vogt

Ph.D. student Charlotte Vogt is one of the Niels Stensen Fellows of 2019. As a Niels Stensen Postdoctoral Fellow, she will develop and apply new spectroscopic techniques to study electrocatalytic processes for the conversion of carbon dioxide to useful products. The project will be hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and will be co-hosted

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Karl-Ziegler-Guest Professorship awarded to Bert Weckhuysen

The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim (Germany) has awarded Prof. Bert Weckhuysen with their annual Karl Ziegler Guest Professorship. Weckhuysen, Distinguished University Professor Catalysis, Energy and Sustainability at Utrecht University, is staying in Mülheim from 28 to 30 October. The Max-Planck-Institut honors Weckhuysen “for his outstanding achievements in the field of operando characterization of catalysts.” The Karl Ziegler Guest

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Matteo Monai wins ‘Young Researcher of the Year’ Eni award

We are proud to announce that Matteo Monai has won the Eni award for ‘Young Researcher of the Year’. Every year, this award is presented to two researchers under the age of 30 who have received a research doctorate in an Italian university. Last week Thursday, on 10 October 2019, Matteo received the award from

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Bert Weckhuysen treedt terug als voorzitter Tafel Chemie

Per 1 augustus jl. heeft prof. Bert Weckhuysen (Universiteit Utrecht) zijn voorzitterschap van de NWO Tafel Chemie neergelegd. Hiermee wil Weckhuysen zijn onafhankelijkheid als voorzitter van de KNAW-commissie Weckhuysen waarborgen, de commissie die dit najaar de optimale verhouding tussen de talentgerichte financiering, thematisch georiënteerde programma’s en open competitie van NWO onderzoekt. Patricia Dankers (Technische Universiteit

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A look inside the Utrecht hub with scientific director Bert Weckhuysen

In the latest edition of the Verf&Inkt (Paint&Ink) Magazine, Bert Weckhuysen gives us a look into the lab of the Utrecht hub. That is where part of the research for the flagship project on coatings is carried out. Sneak preview of the interview ARC CBBC aims to contribute to a more sustainable future through the

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Chemical Building Blocks from Fermented Wastewater by Chemocatalytic Conversion

Ph.D. defense of Egor Fufachev Egor Fufachev has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. His supervisors were Prof. Pieter Bruijnincx and Prof. Bert Weckhuysen. Congratulations on this achievement!

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Utrecht chemists develop unprecedentedly precise nanosensor for catalytic reactions

Publication in Nature Catalysis In order to develop better and more efficient catalysts, it is important to know precisely what happens during a catalytic reaction. Chemists from Utrecht have developed a new nanosensor that provides an unprecedented level of detail regarding the local temperature and relevant chemical substances on the surface of the catalyst. The

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Deepening the knowledge of our scientists at Catalysis Connected

At the end of August, from 24 – 27, a large number of ARC CBBC’s researchers had the opportunity to dive into the world of catalysis during Catalysis Connected. 16 engaging lectures divided over 4 days were given in the beautiful venue Museum Speelklok in Utrecht. There was a lot of interaction between the lecturers

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New Insights in the Activation and Deactivation of Cobalt-Titania Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Catalysts

Ph.D. defense of José Moya Cancino The work presented in this Ph.D. thesis focuses on the activation and deactivation processes of a Co/TiO2 Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS) catalyst by using a range of powerful in-situ or operando spectroscopy and microscopy methods. In Chapter 2 the activation and deactivation process of single Co/TiO2 catalyst particles have been studied

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Metal-oxide Photoelectrodes for Water Splitting: Effect of Co-catalyst and Nanostructuring

Ph.D. defense of Iván Garcia Torregrosa Iván Garcia Torregrosa has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. His supervisors were Dr. Monica Barroso and Prof. Bert Weckhuysen. Congratulations on this achievement!

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Charlotte Vogt wins the 2019 Female Scientist Award of the Israel Vacuum Society

The Israel Vacuum Society (IVS) is awarding its 2019 Female Scientist Award to Charlotte Vogt for her “outstanding early-career achievements”. Charlotte Vogt completed her bachelor’s and master’s research in the group of prof.dr.ir. Bert Weckhuysen at the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science of Utrecht University (the Netherlands), who ultimately also became her current Ph.D. supervisor.

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Poster Awards to our group members

Ph.D. student Anne-Eva Nieuwelink and postdoctoral fellow Marianna Gambino have received Best Poster Award at the 25th International Congress on X-ray Optics & Microanalysis in Lombard (IL, USA, August 2019). Congratulations on this great achievement!

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The research of Charlotte Vogt is discussed in BNR

Karlijn Meinders, the scientific editor of BNR explains how carbon-dioxide could be used to produce new fuel. In the 4 minute discussion, Charlotte Vogt also appears and describes how her research project connects to this grand challenge. You can listen to the conversation here (in Dutch).

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Freddy Rabouw has received an NWO ENW Open Competition Klein grant

NWO has awarded an ENW-Klein grant for the project ‘Optical control over the blinking behavior of colloidal quantum dots’ to Freddy Rabouw (ICC/SCMB). The project aims at developing a new method for super-resolution fluorescence microscopy with colloidal quantum dot labels. This method relies on switching the labels on and off, which the researchers will achieve

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Best Poster Award for Anne-Eva Nieuwelink

PhD student Anne-Eva Nieuwelink was awarded the prize for best poster at the MCEC Annual Meeting 2019. Congratulations!

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Infrastructure Fund for the Faculty of Science

The Executive Board has granted funding for four investments in research infrastructure in which the Faculty of Science researchers are involved. The four projects will receive a total of almost 3.5 million euros. In June, the Executive Board announced that a total of eight proposals had been honored with funding, for a combined total of

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Ward van der Stam appointed as tenure track assistant professor at the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group

In March 2019, Ward initially started as a postdoc in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis (ICC) group, but recently, his position was changed into Tenure Track Assistant Professor. He will work together with Bert Weckhuysen on the synthesis and in-situ characterization of size- and shape-controlled colloidal metal electrocatalyst nanoparticles in order to understand the reaction

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Lewis Acidity in Cracking and Polymerization Catalysis

Ph.D. defense of Marjolein Velthoen Cracking and polymerization processes are important industrial processes. In cracking, crude oil fractions are cracked into useful products, such as gasoline, LPG, and small molecules such as propylene and ethylene. In the polymerization process, these small molecules (monomers) are connected to form one large molecule (polymer).  In both chemical processes,

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European grant for converting greenhouse gas into valuable liquid chemicals

The European Research Council has awarded a Proof of Concept grant of 150,000 euros to a team of Utrecht catalysis researchers led by Prof. Bert Weckhuysen. The researchers will use the money to further develop methods for converting CO2 into valuable liquid chemicals. The ERC Proof of Concept grants are intended to explore the commercial and innovative potential

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Toponderzoeker en Spinozaprijswinnaar ontvangt prijs à €50.000,- voor innovatief onderwijs

Prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen (scheikunde) heeft de Teaching Fellowbeurs van het Comeniusprogramma ontvangen, waarmee de Minister van Onderwijs excellent en bevlogen docentschap zichtbaar stimuleert. De Spinozaprijswinnaar draagt hiermee nadrukkelijk bij aan de vernieuwing van onderwijs. “Ik ben ontzettend trots en het voelt als mijn eerste onderzoeksbeurs”, aldus de al gelauwerde Weckhuysen. Het geld gaat naar een nieuw

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Annual symposium in Eindhoven

On Tuesday 16 April, we enjoyed the second annual ARC CBBC symposium, celebrating the visit of our international Scientific Advisory Board for evaluation of this year’s research proposals. This year, the event was hosted by the Eindhoven University of Technology, one of our three hubs, at their campus. In the university’s own theatre, the ARC

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Nieuw vak om duurzaamheidsproblemen aan te pakken

Leren door te doen, dat is de kern van een nieuw onderwijsproject voor derdejaars bachelorstudenten die concreet aan de slag willen met duurzaamheid. De Universiteit Utrecht introduceert hiermee het onderwijsconcept Design Thinking. Hoe kan je het inzamelen van plastic afval efficiënter maken? Hoe zorg je ervoor dat mensen hun gedrag aanpassen en de auto vaker laten

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MCEC at U-talent Conference

On Tuesday, April 16, Anne-Eva Nieuwelink and Robin Geitenbeek gave a presentation on luminescence thermometry for visitors of the U-Talent Conference. U-Talent is a collaboration between Utrecht University, Hogeschool Utrecht and more than 40 partner schools from the Utrecht region. The goal of U-Talent is to strengthen regional science education in secondary education and in the bachelor phase of higher education. To

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Shell-Isolated Nanoparticle-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Heterogeneous Catalysis

Ph.D. defense of Thomas Hartman Heterogeneous catalysts are essential in the chemical industry for preparing useful materials from feedstock chemicals. Research in heterogeneous catalysis is beneficial for two reasons: firstly, improving the applied catalysts will result in more efficient industrial reactions; secondly, implementing novel catalysts could give us new useful chemical reactions and products. However,

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Comenius Teaching Fellow Scholarship for Bert Weckhuysen

Bert Weckhuysen (ICC) received a grant of 50k Euro for innovation in academic education: “The Da Vinci Project: Towards an active learning-by-doing approach to training a new generation of true connectors in the field of sustainability”. This course, which will be launched in the academic year 2019-2020, will complement the current Utrecht University honors program

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Step-by-step plan for examining chemical reactions

It is suddenly made possible for scientists all around the world to investigate the relationship between the structure and function of molecules during a chemical reaction. In Nature Protocols, chemists of Utrecht University and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK are publishing a detailed protocol for tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy as an analytical technique. In another

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“I’ve always been more inclined towards the sustainable route”

Interview with Michael Jenks, second-phase MCEC Ph.D. at Utrecht University In 2017, MCEC was granted the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND; a grant from the European Research Council which is designed to stimulate excellence in researchers’ training, mobility, and career development. The grant, with a value of 1.7 million euros, will be deployed to attract and involve more

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Utrecht twice in ‘final’ for European billion-euro grant

The European Commission is once again preparing to start billion-euro ‘flagship’ science initiatives. Of the 33 consortia that submitted a proposal last year, six are still left after a two-step selection process. Utrecht researchers are participating in two of these consortia: Time Machine and Energy-X. The consortia that are still in the running have now

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Power to methane, a promising route for storage of renewable energy from sun and wind

Charlotte Vogt, Matteo Monai, Gert Jan Kramer and Bert Weckhuysen recently published in Nature Catalysis on the renaissance of the Sabatier reaction. This work focusses on CO2 reduction towards value chemicals such as methane. This power-to-methane concept tackles two problems: renewable energy storage via an electrochemical intermediary step and CO2 valorization. For further reading click here.

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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle – Bert Weckhuysen at PAC Symposium 2019

The PAC-symposium is an annual chemistry symposium for students organized by students. The symposium is organized by Stichting PAC, which is formed each year by students from four study associations: ACD, CDL, U.S.S. Proton and VCSVU. This years’ 25th programme centers around the theme ‘Back to the Future‘ and is held at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Today, in his lecture, Prof. Bert

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Lecture Bert Weckhuysen at Royal Institution London

Earth to earth, dust to dust, carbon to carbon: Bert Weckhuysen sketches the ingredients for a truly circular economy. In his lecture at the Royal Institution in London, he explained how catalysis research can contribute to a cleaner world, and how politics and government need to play an essential part by introducing adequate legislation. Read more

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Utrecht hub celebrates lab opening

Today, the research institute ARC CBBC is opening its first lab in Utrecht. In collaboration with the chemical sector, university researchers will work on fundamentally new principles for the development of current and future energy carriers and materials. “To be able to find really sustainable solutions, we will have to think radically different.” Reach climate

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All 2018 news

Luminescence Thermometry: Fundamentals and Applications

Ph.D. defense Robin Geitenbeek Over the past decades, scientific progress has resulted in the ability to produce, process and manipulate materials on smaller length scales, all the way to the nanometer (10-9 m) regime. To manipulate processes on smaller length scales, it is also important to monitor relevant parameters (e.g. pressure or temperature) on this nanometer

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Support Stability and Strong Metal-Support Effects in Catalysis: From Nanoparticles to Single Atoms

Ph.D. defense Fang Liu Heterogeneous catalysis plays a central role in many chemical processes, such as petroleum refining, renewable energy production, medicine manufacturing, fine chemicals production, and automotive exhaust treatment. The main task of heterogeneous catalysis scientists is to develop catalytic materials that exhibit high activity and selectivity towards the formation of desired reaction products and

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Prizes for Anne-Eva Nieuwelink and Guusje Delen

Ph.D. student Anne-Eva Nieuwelink (left) was awarded a poster prize at CHAINS 2018 and Ph.D. student Guusje Delen (right) won an award for the best oral presentation at MOF2018.

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Bio-fuel production by cascade ex-situ catalytic lignocellulosic fast pyrolysis and subsequent upgrading by deoxygenation, with focus on catalyst deactivation and regeneration

Ph.D. defense Ana Hernández Giménez The production and upgrading of bio-oil from lignocellulosic biomass have been addressed in this Ph.D. Thesis, a topic of considerable importance given the world’s energy needs and the common aim of seeking for renewable sources. Particularly this case is driven by the legally binding target of 10% renewable energy in the

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Ellen Sterk wins AkzoNobel Graduation Prize for Chemistry and Process Technology 2018

The Royal Netherlands Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) has named Ellen Sterk as the winner of the AkzoNobel Graduation Prize for Chemistry and Process Technology 2018. Ellen Sterk completed her Master’s in Nanomaterials at Utrecht University, and will soon start working as a Ph.D. candidate in the research group led by Prof. Bert Weckhuysen

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Advanced Characterization of Large Zeolite Crystals and Their Use in the Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons Process

Ph.D. defense Özgün Attila Zeolites are crystalline microporous aluminosilicates, which are hydrothermally robust. They have a uniform microporous framework that allows control over shape selectivity. ZSM-5 is a type of zeolite that is suitable for the important acid-catalyzed Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons (MTH) process. This process is a type of hydrocarbon conversion process where methanol is converted into

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Poster prize for Thijs Verkaaik

Ph.D. candidate Thijs Verkaaik (ICC) won a poster prize for his work entitled “Photothermal Suzuki Cross-Coupling using Bimetallic Nanorods”, authored by Thijs Verkaaik, Roos Grote, Nicole Meulendijks, Francesc Sastre Calabuig, Pascal Buskens, and Bert Weckhuysen. The conference “Nanotechnology Crossing Borders” was held in Geleen, The Netherlands. More details and pictures can be found on this website. Source: website Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Fluorescent ‘breathalyzer’ makes optimisation of catalysts much easier

A breath test instead of a blood test. That’s how much easier it is to use the test for industrial catalysts developed by chemists at Utrecht University. The test uses fluorescent molecules to literally show whether catalyst 1, 2, or 3 works better than the others. This makes it much easier to work on improving

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Bert Weckhuysen engages in dialogue with activists

During the MCEC-KNAW symposium last December, a group of environmental activists protested the presence (and invitation) of Shell. Bert Weckhuysen was interviewed by online magazine Down to earth (‘platform for green journalism’) for their column ‘Onder vuur’ (‘Under attack’), in which people or organizations who have been under attack for their green ambitions or promises (or lack

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50th birthday celebration of Bert Weckhuysen

On October 5th, Bert Weckhuysen celebrated his 50th birthday with an event of diverse programs. His group participated in multiple lectures and activities during the day, starting with the informative presentation of Dr. Alison Stoddart, the chief editor of Nature Reviews Materials, followed by a team building workshop. In the afternoon, the program continued with

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Prize of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Laser- technik e.V. (WLT) to Robert Geitner

Postdoc Robert Geitner (ICC), working with a Research Fellowship from the German Research Foundation in the Weckhuysen group, received the Prize of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Laser- Technik e.V. (WLT) for his contributions to the application of Raman and coherent anti-Stokes scattering microscopy. The WLT Prize is awarded annually for outstanding accomplishments in the field of

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Interview Bert Weckhuysen in Chemistry World

Bert Weckhuysen was interviewed for Chemistry World under the heading “Lights-Camera-Catalysis”. You can read the interview on this website.

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Poster Prize for Joel Schmidt

Postdoctoral scholar Joel Schmidt won a Catalysis Science & Technology poster prize award at the 8th Tokyo Conference on Advanced Catalytic Science and Technology (TOCAT8). At the conference, he presented a poster titled: “Template-Framework Interactions in Tetraethylammonium-Directed Zeolite Synthesis.” Source: website Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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MCEC Call for 38 PhD candidates

MCEC is looking for highly motivated and creative Ph.D. candidates in the fields of Chemistry, Physics and/or Engineering, who aspire to jointly and multidisciplinary address one of the grand challenges of today: sustainable energy conversion. Please visit this page for more information. Source: website MCEC

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Bert Weckhuysen to receive Robert B. Anderson Award for his contributions to catalysis research

Bert Weckhuysen will receive the 2018 Robert B. Anderson Award for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of the functioning of solid catalysts and the related development of advanced microscopy and spectroscopy methods. The Canadian Catalysis Foundation awards the prize every two years to an internationally recognised leader in the field of catalysis, without

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DPI grant for Florian Meirer and Bert Weckhuysen

The Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) in its DPI 2.0 Call for Proposals has granted Bert Weckhuysen, Florian Meirer and Elena Groppo (University of Turin) a joint research program entitled Multi-scale investigation of silica-supported ethylene polymerization catalysts during the early stages of the reaction. The project aims to research polymerization catalysts in the early stages of the genesis of active

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Bert Weckhuysen and Emiel Hensen receive grant for ‘Chemergy’ research

The Alliance Fund between Utrecht University and Eindhoven University of Technology has awarded Bert Weckhuysen and Emiel Hensen 2 M euros for setting up a Virtual Research Institute (VRI) that integrates relevant expertise of both institutes. The VRI has the ambition to become a leading institute in the field of energy technologies relevant to a fossil-free, low-carbon society. The

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First ARC CBBC lab ready to be equipped

The new ARC CBBC lab room at hub location Utrecht is ready to be furnished. We can now start to equip our first labs. They will be finished at the end of the year, ready for use by our new PhD students and postdocs, some of whom have already started their work in ARC CBBC’s

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND grant for MCEC

The Gravitation Programme Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (MCEC) has been awarded 1.7 million Euros to cover part of the costs for the participation of 16 ambitious new international students in its Ph.D. training programme. The grant was awarded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND programme. “Our research into sustainable energy conversion addresses one of

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NWO grant for Florian Meirer

Florian Meirer (ICC), together with colleagues Katrien Keune (Rijksmuseum) and Koen Janssens (University of Antwerp), has been awarded funding for a project called “3D understanding of degradation products in paintings”. The research project focuses on studying and visualizing ‘in 3-D‘ the degradation processes that take place in paintings, with the aim of counteracting color degradation. Data

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Bert Weckhuysen receives Certificate for Achievements from the Belgian Ambassador

On February 7, 2018, Belgian Ambassador in the Netherlands, Chris Hoornaert, has awarded Professor Bert Weckhuysen a Certificate for Achievements (‘Oorkonde van Verdienste’) of the Christoffel Plantin fund for his contributions to the prestige and appeal of Belgium in the Netherlands. This honor was given during a luncheon with Belgian CEOs, CTOs and CFOs working

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Metal nanoparticles as catalysts for fast and efficient CO2 conversion

Researchers of our full partners Utrecht University and BASF made some big steps in designing catalysts for the conversion of CO2 into gas fuel. If you can apply this ‘power-to-gas’ principle with the use of solar energy, you can solve two problems at once: reduce CO2 emissions and create more flexible applications of sustainable energy.

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Tweede Kamerleden op werkbezoek bij de Universiteit Utrecht: “Drie steekwoorden die we willen onthouden als het gaat om Wetenschapsbeleid”

Universiteitshoogleraar Bert Weckhuysen was vrijdag 19 januari gastheer van een werkbezoek van een delegatie van de vaste Tweede Kamercommissie voor OCW. De Kamerleden wilden tijdens hun bezoek aan de Universiteit Utrecht graag kennismaken met het onderzoek naar duurzame materialen, zonnebrandstoffen en andere vormen van duurzame energie. “Stabiliteit, continuïteit en vertrouwen. Drie steekwoorden die we als

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All 2017 news

Bert Weckhuysen appointed Distinguished Professor of Utrecht University

With effect from 1 January 2018, Bert Weckhuysen has been appointed Distinguished Professor in ‘Catalysis, Energy and Sustainability’ at Utrecht University. A great honour ‘It’s a great honour’, says Weckhuysen. ‘This will give me greater freedom to shape my scientific ambitions and social involvement. I am filled with positive energy as a result. I would

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BNR podcast: interview with Jochem Wijten

The podcast is about the production of artificial manure, without the high CO2 emissions that appear during the Haber-Bosch process. Wijten explains how the new method takes up CO2 and can create Ammonia (one of the main compounds of artificial manure) without using crude oil.Listen to the podcast, entitled “Kunstmest zonder fossiele brandstoffen” on BNR. Source: website

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C&EN cover story on Bert Weckhuysen

Chemical & Engineering News published a cover story on the work of ARC CBBC Executive Board member Bert Weckhuysen. The publication, entitled Hunting for the hidden chemistry in solid catalysts, elaborates on one of our consortium’s pillar research themes. Source: website ARC CBBC

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Jochem Wijten one of the 15 promissing talents of Utrecht University

DUB published an article about fifteen promising talents that are up to 25 years and already have been successful in their careers. In the article entitled “De Veelbelovende Vijftien van DUB”, the young talents are portrayed by photographer Ivar Pel. Read the full article on DUB. Source: website Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Feature in Chemistry World – “A slice of microscopy”

The article entitled “A slice of microscopy”, describes how two combined microscopy techniques can be used in an “astonishing array of applications”. The combination of Focused Ion Beam-scanning and Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM) brings both high-resolution imaging and micromachining.The group of Bert Weckhuysen used the combined technique to analyze the pore structures of various industrial catalyst

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Article in Onderzoek Nederland

In the article entitled “Een wetenschapper biedt opties aan” (“A scientist offers options”), Bert Weckhuysen explains the importance of public-private interactions in order to achieve radical innovation.Weckhuysen: “Science and technology are still underfinanced in the Netherlands, which makes it essential for companies and academia to work better together”. For a government, it is not interesting

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Lectures at Universiteit van Nederland in the Media

In May 2016, Bert Weckhuysen appeared in a series of five lectures of the ‘Universiteit van Nederland’ (University of the Netherlands), in which he explains all about catalysis: from fuels, food, and plastics to air pollution control. The lectures were received with great enthusiasm by the public and are still a popular topic in the

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Our Catalyst research exhibited in “Future Observatory”

In the framework of Zero Footprint Campus, twelve artists are conducting artistic research at Utrecht Science Park (USP). Each in their own way, they draw inspiration from the material provided by their direct environment. Artist Maarten Vanden Eynde created the exhibition “Future Observatory”, located in the Sterrentoren building, located at the center of USP.The exhibition

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Bert Weckhuysen in de eerste aflevering van Captains of Chemistry “Met chemie kun je de nieuwe wereld maken”

“De wereld zonder chemie zou er heel simpel uitzien. Waarschijnlijk vergelijkbaar met hoe we in de Middeleeuwen leefden”, aldus Bert Weckhuysen in de eerste aflevering van de BNR-podcastserie Captains of Chemistry. Journalist Edwin Mooibroek kwam op bezoek in de laboratoria van de Universiteit Utrecht om te spreken met Weckhuysen en twee promovendi uit zijn vakgroep over

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Pasi Paalanen and José Moya-Cancino featured in ‘De Werkplek’ on DUB

Pasi Paalanen and José Moya-Cancino have their research topic in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Fischer-Tropsch fuels are a possible alternative for crude oil. Both PhD candidates work under the supervision of Bert Weckhuysen and have their workplace in the David de Wied building at Utrecht Science Park “de Uithof”. However, their work is not limited to the

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Chemistry World: Game of Go explains zeolite clogging

Chemistry World dedicated an article on a new model to explain zeolite clogging, based upon the board game “Go”.The model was built by Scientists from the Tsinghua University in China and published by Catalysis Science and Technology on April 20, 2017. As a catalysis expert, Bert Weckhuysen remarks: “The developed method is very interesting and

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Quotation in NRC on the direct conversion of CO2 into gasoline

Chemists of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, have found a method for the direct conversion of CO2 into gasoline. The conversion of CO2 into gasoline was already possible in three separate catalytic reactions, but the Chinese Chemists now have been able to combine the three catalytic properties in one “multifunctional” catalyst. The results were published

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Bert Weckhuysen receives Tanabe Prize for Acid-Base Catalysis

Utrecht chemistry researcher Bert Weckhuysen receives this year’s Kozo Tanabe Prize for Acid-Base Catalysis. The prize was initiated by the International Acid-Base Catalysis Group and bears the name of Kozo Tanabe, who pioneered many of the modern concepts in catalytic chemistry of acids and bases. The jury praises Weckhuysen for his “groundbreaking work on chemical imaging

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The CatchBio Magazine – Ten years of Biomass Catalysis

In November 2016, the CatchBio consortium celebrated a decade of high-level research on catalytic biomass conversion. In an article in Agro & Chemie (March 2017), scientific director Bert Weckhuysen speaks about the consortium, its achievements and the future for catalysis of biomass in the Netherlands and abroad. CatchBio is a Smartmix research program on Biomass Catalysis

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Poster award for Carolien Vis at IGCS2017

On 24th of March Carolien Vis won a Green Chemistry poster prize during the International Green Catalysis Symposium, in Rennes, France. The poster was entitled “Towards Tandem Catalytic Biomass Conversion in Pickering Emulsions”, Authors: Carolien M. Vis, Pierre-François M. Vittoz, Pieter C.A. Bruijnincx.   The poster award consists of a coupon of the publisher the

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Marie Curie Grant for Mario De bruyn

The European Commission has granted a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship to Dr. Mario De bruyn. This three-year grant will allow Dr. De bruyn to execute his TAILORCAT project. The project is a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin at Madison (USA) and the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group at Utrecht University (the Netherlands). The first

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Zoran Ristanović receives the invitation to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

The honorable invitation to the 67th Lindau Meeting is with special regard to excellence in research. The 67th Lindau Meeting will be dedicated to the field of chemistry. So far, 31 Nobel Laureates have confirmed their participation and will meet with 400 international young scientists. The opportunity to join the annual gathering of Nobel Laureates

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Bert Weckhuysen to receive Robert B. Anderson Award for contributions to catalysis research

Bert Weckhuysen will receive the 2018 Robert B. Anderson Award for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of the functioning of solid catalysts and the related development of advanced microscopy and spectroscopy methods. The Canadian Catalysis Foundation awards the prize every two years to an internationally recognized leader in the field of catalysis, without

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Marie Curie Grant for Matthias Filez

The European Commission granted a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships to Matthias Filez. The 2-year grant will allow Matthias Filez to link zeolite porosity to molecular diffusion at the single crystal level and will be in strong collaboration with the research group of Prof. Maarten Roeffaers from KU Leuven (Belgium). Dr. Filez will receive up to 178.000 Eur to finance

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ARC CBBC starts with 39 academic members

The first 39 researchers have been selected for personal membership for the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Block Consortium (ARC CBBC). The start of the first research projects in this research center is planned for the first half of 2017. 159 applicants After carefully reviewing all 159 applications by the Scientific Advisory Board, the Executive Board of ARC

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