Team members

Head of the group - Distinguished university professor


prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 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.

Full, associate and assistant professors


dr. Eline Hutter

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

E.M.Hutter@uu.nl

Eline Hutter uses advanced spectroscopic and structural characterization to investigate the relationship between the optoelectronic and structural properties of semiconductor materials (a.o. perovskites) and their activity and selectivity as photocatalysts. >

dr. Florian Meirer

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room - David de Wied 4.86
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 - Leonard S. Ornstein Laboratorium 0.21
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 - David de Wied 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 >

prof. dr. Eelco Vogt

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room - David de Wied 2.78
E.T.C.Vogt@uu.nl

I am interested in the fundamental understanding of large refinery processes at molecular level, using spectroscopy, microscopy and theoretical modeling. We will need this fundamental knowledge to develop new and >

Postdoctoral fellows


dr. Hongyu An

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 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. Yadolah Ganjkhanlou

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 4.76
Y.Ganjkhanlou@uu.nl

Knowledge about the active sites of a heterogeneous catalyst and their accessibility is crucial for understanding the catalytic performance of specific material. In this project, we will try to couple >

dr. Nina Genz

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 4.76
N.S.Genz@uu.nl

During her postdoctoral research, Nina will focus on CO2 hydrogenation. Here, she will explore the influence of varying structural properties on the catalytic performance of Ni/SiO2 catalysts. For gaining insight >

dr. Thomas Hartman

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 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 - David de Wied 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 Vening Meinesz-B 4.44
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 - David de Wied 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 - David de Wied 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. Longfei Wu

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 5.88
L.Wu@uu.nl

Longfei will work together with dr. Ward van der Stam and prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen on the application of X-ray based techniques (diffraction, scattering and absorption) for in-situ characterization >

dr. Yaqi Wu

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 4.88
Y.Wu1@uu.nl

My research focuses on designing and developing materials for gas adsorption and separation based on in situ adsorption study, spectroscopic and microscopic tools. Materials, including metal-organic frameworks and zeolites, are >

dr. Shiyou Xing

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 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 >

Guusje Delen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room Vening Meinesz-B 4.44
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 >

Joren Dorresteijn

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

His project is a collaboration with Total entitled ‘Synthesis, characterization & fragmentation behavior of porous metallocene supports for the production of impact copolymers of polypropylene.’

Albaraa Falodah

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

A.S.M.Falodah@uu.nl

Better olefin polymerization catalysts are needed in our quest for polymers with superior properties and better recyclability.  Metallocene catalysts hold great promises that are yet to be fulfilled. A major >

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 >

Daan Groefsema

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

The focus of Daan's project is the (further) development of Luminescence Thermometry and shell-isolated nanoparticle enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS), ultimately leading to a widely applicable analytical toolset for operando spectroscopy >

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 - Leonard S. Ornstein Laboratorium 0.18
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 >

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 >

Thimo Jacobs

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

One of the largest CO2 emitting industries is the metallurgical industry, including steel producers. Tata Steel recently developed a new process, called HIsarna, in which the CO2 emissions are reduced >

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 >

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 >

Mark Mangnus

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - Leonard S. Ornstein Laboratorium 0.18
M.J.J.Mangnus@uu.nl

Most common catalyst particles are host to a complex network of pores and a substantial fraction of their actives sites may be embedded deep within. It is not always straightforward >

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. >

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 >

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 >

Jim de Ruiter

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

Carbon dioxide (CO2) could be a promising carbon source for the production of chemical building blocks. As big chemical processes release significant amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere, it would >

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 Vening Meinesz-B 4.44
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 >

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 >

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 >

Shuang Yang

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor study area
S.Yang1@uu.nl

My research is focusing on waste-derived nanomaterials for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction. Electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 (ERCO2), powered by renewable electricity, is a promising strategy to convert CO2 emission to fuels >

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 >

Xiang Yu

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

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 >

Juan Zhang

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Technical Staff


Ad van der Eerden

Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 4.19
+31 6 22 736 142
A.M.J.vanderEerden@uu.nl

Joris Janssens

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4th floor
J.C.L.Janssens@uu.nl

Joris Janssens works as the electrocatalysis technician in the Weckhuysen group, assisting in the electrocatalytic conversion of CO2. He will (help to) design and construct electrochemical cells that can be >

Oscar Kerkenaar

Utrecht University

Jules van Leusden

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

ir. Fouad Soulimani

Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 4.19
+31 6 22 736 141
F.Soulimani@uu.nl

dr. Jochem Wijten

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

ir. Pascal Wijten

Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 4.25
+31 6 81 335 174
P.Wijten1@uu.nl

Support Staff


Daan van Arcken

Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion
Room - David de Wied 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 - Vening Meinesz-B 4.50
J.M.vanBerlo-vandenBroek@uu.nl

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

Tess van Eeden

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

Tess van Eeden works as a research and education assistant in the Weckhuysen group. She supports various educational tasks, e.g. editing a study book written by Bert Weckhuysen which will >

Anne-Lot de Heus

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium
Room - Hans Freudenthal 2.10
A.R.deHeus@arc-cbbc.nl

Anne-Lot de Heus works as a communications officer at ARC CBBC.

Margriet Mijer

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 4.78
+316 28299501
M.J.Mijer@uu.nl

Margriet Mijer is Personal Assistant to Prof. Bert Weckhuysen.

dr. Maurice Mourad

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

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

Anne-Eva Nieuwelink

Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion
Room - David de Wied 4.88
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 statistically >

dr. Martina Rádli

Research Support Office - Utrecht University
Room - Hans Freudenthal 0.12
+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 - Vening Meinesz-B 4.50
+31 6 39 015 426
R.Oord@uu.nl

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

Dymph Serrée

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room - David de Wied 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.

Hannah Thuijs

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium
Room - Hans Freudenthal 2.08
H.G.Thuijs@arc-cbbc.nl

Hannah Thuijs is office manager for ARC CBBC.

dr. Linda Veldhuizen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

L.J.L.Veldhuizen@uu.nl

Linda is coordinator of the SUNERGY initiative.