MCEC

The Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion aims to tackle one of the most important questions of this century; i.e., how can we make our energy carriers and materials in a more sustainable manner? In order to contribute to this ambition, MCEC has defined three Scientific Challenges: mastering catalytic events, complex multiscale structures and mass, and heat flows. Each challenge focuses on the fundamental questions of the nanoscopic, mesoscopic and macroscopic worlds of a catalytic process. Prof. Bert Weckhuysen is one of the initiators of this grand project and current scientific director.

Head of the group - Distinghuished 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 >

PhD candidates


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 % >

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 >

Mark Mangnus

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room 0.18 (Ornsteinlaboratorium)
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. >

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 statistically >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Technical Staff


Jules van Leusden

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

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).

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 statistically >