dr. Matteo Monai

dr. Matteo Monai
Room - Vening Meinesz-B 4.44

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 reactions. I am currently investigating promoter and support effects in CO2 hydrogenation. Operando spectroscopic techniques are used to gain novel insights in structure/activity relations for supported nickel catalysts.

Awards and Scientific Honors


The ‘RK Grasselli 2020’ Award

Young Researcher of the Year’ Eni award (2019)


Delen, G; Monai, M; Meirer, F; Weckhuysen, B M

In situ Nanoscale Infrared Spectroscopy of Water Adsorption on Nanoislands of Surface-Anchored Metal-Organic Frameworks Journal Article

Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 60 (3), pp. 1620-1624, 2021.

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Vogt, C; Wijten, J; Madeira, C L; Kerkenaar, O; Xu, K; Holzinger, R; Monai, M; Weckhuysen, B M

Alkali Promotion in the Formation of CH4 from CO2 and Renewably Produced H2 over Supported Ni Catalysts Journal Article

ChemCatChem, 12 (10), pp. 2792-2800, 2020.

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Wondergem, C S; Kromwijk, J J G; Slagter, M; Vrijburg, W L; Hensen, E J M; Monai, M; Vogt, C; Weckhuysen, B M

In Situ Shell-Isolated Nanoparticle-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Nickel-Catalyzed Hydrogenation Reactions Journal Article

ChemPhysChem, 21 (7), pp. 625-632, 2020.

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Vogt, C; Kranenborg, J; Monai, M; Weckhuysen, B M

Structure Sensitivity in Steam and Dry Methane Reforming over Nickel: Activity and Carbon Formation Journal Article

ACS Catalysis, 10 (2), pp. 1428-1438, 2020.

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Vogt, C; Monai, M; Sterk, E B; Palle, J; Melcherts, A E M; Zijlstra, B; Groeneveld, E; Berben, P H; Boereboom, J M; Hensen, E J M; Meirer, F; Filot, I A W; Weckhuysen, B M

Understanding carbon dioxide activation and carbon–carbon coupling over nickel Journal Article

Nature Communications, 10 (1), 2019.

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Vogt, C; Monai, M; Kramer, G J; Weckhuysen, B M

The renaissance of the Sabatier reaction and its applications on Earth and in space Journal Article

Nature Catalysis, 2 (3), pp. 188-197, 2019.

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