Team members

Head of the group - Distinguished university professor


prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.82
+31 30 253 4328
B.M.Weckhuysen@uu.nl

The central research theme of the Weckhuysen group is the development of structure-activity relationships and expert systems in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and materials science with special emphasis on the development and use of advanced in situ characterization techniques.

Associate and assistant professors


dr. Florian Meirer

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room 4.86
+31 6 22 736 338
F.Meirer@uu.nl

My research focuses on developing and applying spectro-microscopic techniques to obtain insights about nanoscale processes, which is critical towards understanding how advanced functional materials operate. Ideally, the analysis is carried >

dr. Freddy Rabouw

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room 0.21 (Leonard S. Ornstein Laboratorium)
+31 30 253 3519
F.T.Rabouw@uu.nl

Freddy Rabouw develops advanced optical microscopy and spectroscopy methods on the single-molecule level to study individual reaction events with high spatial and temporal resolution simultaneously. The current focus is on >

dr. Ward van der Stam

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room 4.88
W.vanderStam@uu.nl

The electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 into hydrocarbon fuels, like methane or ethylene, is regarded as one of the best methods to address one of the main current environmental issues: reducing the CO2 footprint >

Postdoctoral fellows


dr. Hongyu An

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.76
H.An@uu.nl

During his postdoctoral reserach, Hongyu will focus on enhanced Raman spectroscopy, mainly SERS and SHINERS, for heterogeneous catalysis.

dr. Mario De bruyn

Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison

+16084214753
debruyn@wisc.edu

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 two years of >

dr. ir. Matthias Filez

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.76
M.Filez@uu.nl

My project aims to exploit the pore structure inside single zeolite crystals in a non-destructive way with unprecedented detail. In addition, the diffusion properties of molecules exploring the zeolite pore >

dr. Marianna Gambino

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.76
M.Gambino@uu.nl

Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) is an industrial process for the production of valuable chemicals (e.g. gasoline and olefins) from crude oil feedstock [1]. The high activity of the FCC catalyst >

dr. Robert Geitner

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5.88
R.Geitner@uu.nl

My research project deals with the characterization of catalytic reactions in particular with the characterization of “CO-free” carbonylation reactions utilizing X-ray absorption spectroscopy and vibrational spectroscopy. The characterization is supported >

dr. Thomas Hartman

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.88
T.Hartman@uu.nl

In this work, plasmonic nanostructures are implemented to make Raman spectroscopy into a surface-sensitive technique for the study of adsorbates on a catalyst surface. In particular, Au and Ag nanoparticles >

dr. Yuanshuai Liu

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.88
Y.Liu@uu.nl

Current research focuses on the quantitative assessment of activity descriptors and structure-performance relationships in Ziegler-Natta catalyzed ethylene polymerization. A comprehensive structural study on the industry-relevant catalyst in conjunction with a >

dr. Matteo Monai

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.44 (Vening Meineszgebouw-B)
M.Monai@uu.nl

My research focuses on strategies to tune the properties of nickel, a cost-effective alternative to the generally more active noble metals, to develop more efficient catalysts for hydrogenation and dehydrogenation >

dr. Luke Parker

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.88
L.A.Parker@uu.nl

My research focusses on the acid-catalysed hydrolysis of fluorescent ester molecules in the complex pore structures of structured catalysts. These structured catalysts consist of micropatterned zeolite films with mesoporous metal >

dr. Ina Vollmer

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5.88
I.Vollmer@uu.nl

She wants to tackle the problem of plastic waste by developing better spectroscopic and microscopic methods to analyze various plastic samples and by developing chemical recycling pathways. The second part >

dr. Jiadong Xiao

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5.88
J.Xiao@uu.nl

Heterogeneous Ziegler−Natta (Z-N) catalysts are among the most applied and versatile catalysts for polyolefin production and thus have great impact not only in science but also in everyday life. Due >

dr. Shiyou Xing

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5.88
S.Xing1@uu.nl

Aviation fuel is in an increasing demand worldwide. Using the greenhouse gas CO2 as the raw carbon source shows colossal potential not only as a substitute for conventional fossil resources, >

PhD candidates


Koen Bossers

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
K.W.bossers@uu.nl

The aim of this research is to use advanced chemical imaging methods such as scanning transmission x-ray microscopy (STXM) and transmission x-ray microscopy (TXM) combined with other advanced microscopy techniques >

Fabiane Carvalho Ballotin

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area

Fabiane is a visitor PhD from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, under supervision of dr. Robin Geitenbeek and prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen. She is working on bio-oil >

Guusje Delen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.44 (Vening Meineszgebouw-B)
G.Delen@uu.nl

The goal of my research is to obtain new fundamental insights into the formation principles and catalytic functioning of crystalline porous materials, namely metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). To achieve this, we >

Donglong Fu

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
D.Fu@uu.nl

Highly a- and b-oriented, purely siliceous zeolite membranes have been studied in the past decade for the application as chemical sensors and separation membranes. In the present project, we are >

Yannick Geertzema

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
Y.G.Geertzema@uu.nl

Imines are important precursors for the production of amines, chemical buildings blocks used in plastics, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. Although the hydrogenation reaction from imines to primary amines is straightforward, the >

Sebastian Haben

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
S.Haben@uu.nl

Through the utilization and development of various spectroscopic techniques, I aim to investigate the methane dehydro-aromatization (MDA) reaction using metal-modified zeolites as solid catalysts. This project is part of the ARC >

Iris ten Have

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
I.C.tenHave@uu.nl

Due to depletion of fossil fuel reserves, there is an increasing interest in production technologies that offer an alternative. The synthesis of synthetic fuels from syngas (CO/H2 mixtures), also known >

Stijn Hinterding

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 0.18 (Ornsteinlaboratorium)
S.O.M.Hinterding@uu.nl

Heterogeneities in activity among or even within catalytic particles are common but poorly understood. To eliminate variations in activity and thus optimize the catalyst activity, tools are necessary to characterize >

Ahmed Ismail

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5th floor east side
A.S.M.Ismail@uu.nl

The research activity on the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy stored in hydrogen via the process of water splitting has been intense for a few decades. However, the >

Christia Jabbour

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
C.Jabbour@uu.nl

Her project will be focused on using recently acquired photoinduced force microscopy (PiFM) to chemically image metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). In the first phase, focus will be directed towards the synthesis >

Michael Jenks

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
M.J.F.Jenks@UU.nl

My PhD project is going to focus on developing approaches that are able to tackle the challenges plastic waste represents for a circular economy. Since 2014, up to 30 % >

Maarten Jongkind

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
M.K.Jongkind@uu.nl

The Cr/SiO2 Phillips ethylene polymerization catalyst system is responsible for over 40% of all High-Density Polyethylene Production worldwide. Despite this system being used for over 60 years, there still is >

Khaled Khalili

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
K.N.M.Khalili@uu.nl

My project aims to develop and validate an integrated in-situ multi-spectroscopic approach (Raman, ATR-IR, UV-VIS) for characterization of lignin starting samples, monitoring lignin depolymerization and valorization processes at high temperatures >

Joris Koek

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
J.G.Koek@uu.nl

Raman spectroscopy is a powerful method for solid catalyst characterization under operando conditions. In recent years Shell isolated Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS) has attracted interest as it improves on SERS by >

Beatriz Luna Murillo

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
B.LunaMurillo@uu.nl

Fossil resources depletion and global warming are two major concerns in our society, therefore we need to find alternative and viable routes for the synthesis of commodity chemicals in order >

Laurens Mandemaker

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
L.D.B.Mandemaker@uu.nl

In this project, we will focus on the physico-chemical processes of crystalline catalytic solids, like Metal-organic Frameworks and zeolites. Using advanced in-situ Scanning Probe Microscopy techniques, like liquid-phase Atomic Force >

Erik Maris

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
J.J.E.Maris@uu.nl

Rational catalyst design is the holy grail of modern catalysis, which requires a thorough understanding of structure-performance relationships. Micro- and spectroscopy plays a pivotal role in the study of these >

Rafael Mayorga González

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5th floor study area
R.MayorgaGonzalez@uu.nl

The efficiencies of heterogeneous catalysts could be dramatically improved by rational design. One of the prerequisites for this is a better understanding of the diffusion processes in hierarchical porous structures. >

ir. José Moya Cancino

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5th floor study area
J.G.MoyaCancino@uu.nl

Our study focuses on coke and carbide formation on Co-based Fischer-Tropsch catalyst, by using different synchrotron and laboratory-based techniques (e.g. X-ray Raman Spectroscopy, X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure Spectroscopy and >

Nikolaos Nikolopoulos

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
N.Nikolopoulos@uu.nl

SOCRATES EU MSCA-ETN develops game-changing technology combinations: 1) to extract metals from distinct industrial-process residues, 2) to recover the metals from the extraction process, 3) to valorise the residual matrix >

Anne-Eva Nieuwelink

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
A.Nieuwelink@uu.nl

I work on single catalyst particle diagnostics, using microfluidics: due to the inter-particle heterogeneity of catalyst particles, a high-throughput analysis tool is needed that can give both single particle and >

Ilse van Ravenhorst

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
I.K.vanRavenhorst@uu.nl

Study Co-based Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS) catalysts by synchrotron-based microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to unravel the activation and deactivation mechanisms. In situ/operando Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM) is used for the >

Romy Riemersma

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
R.L.Riemersma@uu.nl

In this project the genesis of nanobubbles at the surface of thin-film zeolites and MOFs will be studied. This will be done using scanning probe microscopy techniques, such as liquid-phase >

Miguel Rivera Torrente

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
M.RiveraTorrente@uu.nl

Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are porous materials consisting of metal atoms or clusters coordinated to organic linkers forming 3D structures that can act both as supports and heterogeneous catalysts. Our goal >

Kordula Schnabl

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5th floor study area
K.B.Schnabl@uu.nl

Kordula will work on the controlled catalytic breakdown of humin and chitin to waterborne building blocks for coatings, including spatially-resolved spectroscopy of film formation and drying processes.

Stanislav Simko

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
S.Simko@uu.nl

In our work, we develop adaptive QM/MM techniques that allow diffusion of molecules between the QM and MM region. This computational method will be especially useful for studying processes with >

Katarina Stanciakova

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
K.Stanciakova@uu.nl

Understanding water-induced zeolite dealumination is crucial for control of the hydrothermal stability of zeolite-based catalyst materials for biomass conversion. Using ab initio simulations, we investigate the Al-O(H) bond breaking in an >

Ellen Sterk

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
E.B.Sterk@uu.nl

During my research I will focus on support, alloying and promoter effects and active sites in CO2 hydrogenation in order to spatially resolve the activity of CO2 hydrogenation over supported >

Bas Terlingen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.44 (Vening Meineszgebouw-B)
B.J.P.Terlingen@uu.nl

For AkzoNobel, the project concerns the re-use of the by-product hydrochloric acid to generate valuable compounds, thereby aiming to close the raw material loop, to reduce the carbon footprint and >

Roozbeh Valadian

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
R.Valadian@uu.nl

Main task of the project will be the application of non-destructive X-ray based high-resolution spectro-microscopic imaging methods and development of related data processing tools, with the aim to establish simple diffusion >

Thijs Verkaaik

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
T.Verkaaik@uu.nl

My research at Utrecht University focuses on the synthesis and characterization of surface-mounted metal-organic frameworks (SURMOFs): very porous three-dimensional networks of metal ions coupled with organic linker molecules on flat >

Suzanne Verkleij

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
S.P.Verkleij@uu.nl

Within this project, the influence of both zeolite and binder on the deactivation and poisoning of a single catalyst extrudate will be investigated. Multiple characterization methods will be employed to >

Caroline Versluis

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5th floor study area
W.C.Versluis@uu.nl

The overall aim of this research project is the development of a powerful camera to determine the complex pore space of single FCC catalyst particles. By making molecular movies of >

Charlotte Vogt

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
C.Vogt@uu.nl

My research entails finding and understanding fundamental structure-activity relationships in hydrogenation reactions over Ni by use of advanced operando spectroscopic techniques. I have a strong focus on CO2 hydrogenation.

Sophie van Vreeswijk

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
S.H.vanVreeswijk@uu.nl

In this research project, several non-commodity zeolite framework structures are investigated as examples of small molecule activation processes. To gather detailed physicochemical insights of these materials, a wide variety of >

Maximilian Werny

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
M.J.Werny@uu.nl

In this research project, silica-supported Ziegler-Natta and metallocene-based polymerization catalysts are studied in the early stages of active sites genesis and polymer formation. In order to do so, a multi-scale >

Jochem Wijten

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
J.H.J.Wijten@uu.nl

Ni-Mo electrocatalysts are being studied for the hydrogen evolution reaction for the water-splitting reaction. These materials are studied in detail in terms of morphology, phase, composition and performance to follow >

Katinka Wondergem

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.88
C.S.Wondergem@uu.nl

My research is about the application of Shell-Isolated Nanoparticle-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SHINERS) in heterogeneous catalysis. This ultrasensitive technique allows us to follow reactions on the nanoscale, while they are taking >

Xinwei Ye

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
X.Ye1@uu.nl

Copper exchanged zeolites are efficient catalysts for catalytic reaction like SCR (selective catalytic reaction) and selective oxidation of methanol. Different copper exchanged zeolites are synthesized and the structure-reactivity relationship is >

Florian Zand

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 5th floor study area
F.Zand@uu.nl

In his project, Florian will focus on the characterization of bimetallic catalysts, including their size, structure and composition during synthesis and CO2 hydrogenation.

Silvia Zanoni

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
S.Zanoni@uu.nl

This project aims to a thorough investigation of the support role in the polymerization reaction catalyzed by metallocenes, in order to understand the mechanism behind the significant boost in activity >

Technical Staff


Oscar Kerkenaar

Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
+31 6 28 834 451
O.Kerkenaar@uu.nl

Support Staff


Daan van Arcken

Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion
Room 2.78
D.R.vanArcken@uu.nl

Daan van Arcken works as Communications Assistant at the Netherlands Research Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (MCEC).

Hannie van Berlo-van den Broek

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium
Room 4.50 (Vening Meineszgebouw-B)
J.M.vanBerlo-vandenBroek@uu.nl

Hannie van Berlo-van den Broek is research technician at the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium.

Christine Geense

Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion
Room 2.78
C.Geense@uu.nl

Christine Geense works as Communications Officer for MCEC.

dr. Robin Geitenbeek

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.86
R.G.Geitenbeek@uu.nl

Robin Geitenbeek is lab manager to the Weckhuysen group.

dr. Maurice Mourad

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium
Room 2.09 (Hans Freudenthalgebouw)
M.C.D.Mourad@uu.nl

Maurice Mourad is program coordinator and business developer for ARC CBBC.

dr. Martina Rádli

Research Support Office - Utrecht University
Room 0.12 (Hans Freudenthalgebouw)
+31 30 253 8044
M.Radli@uu.nl

As Research Support Officer, I assist the members of the Weckhuysen group in identifying potential funding for their research, provide advice on national and international grant opportunities and support researchers in writing grant applications. I also help >

dr. Ramon Oord

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium
Room 4.50 (Vening Meineszgebouw-B)
+31 6 39 015 426
R.Oord@uu.nl

Ramon Oord works as Research and Education Assistant at ARC CBBC.

Belen Rhebergen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.78
+31 30 253 7343
B.E.Rhebergen@uu.nl

Belen Rhebergen is personal Assistant to Prof. Bert Weckhuysen.

Dymph Serrée

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.78
+31 30 253 7400
D.J.M.Serree@uu.nl

Dymph Serrée is secretary of the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group, including the group of Prof. Bert Weckhuysen.

dr. Nina Versteeg

Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion
Room 2.78
N.Versteeg@uu.nl

Nina Versteeg is program coordinator for MCEC.

Tjitske Visscher

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium
Room 2.10
T.S.Visscher@uu.nl

Tjitske Visscher works as a communications officer at ARC CBBC.