Ellen Sterk

Ellen Sterk
Room - David de Wied, 4th floor study area

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 Ni catalysts. To achieve this, we will use both ab-initio simulation methods and spectroscopic techniques, such as vibrational, electronic, microscopic and synchrotron-based methods. This will allow us to gain topological information of adsorbed species, which can potentially reveal the location of the active sites and their relative amount.

Awards and Scientific Honors


AkzoNobel Graduation Prize for Chemistry and Process Technology of 2018


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

In: Nature Communications, vol. 10, no. 1, 2019.

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