Atsushi Urakawa new professor Catalysis Engineering
On April 1 Prof. Atsushi Urakawa joined the Catalysis Engineering group.
Atsushi Urakawa is from Japan, he obtained his BSc degree in Applied Chemistry at Kyushu University (Japan) after which he joined Delft University of Technology for MSc study in Chemical Engineering. He obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich (Switzerland), where he worked as a Senior Scientist and Lecturer until he joined ICIQ in Spain in 2010. His research group combines fundamental as well as highly applied research and focuses on the rational development of heterogeneous catalysts and processes aided by in situ and operando spectroscopic methods – which the group is also actively developing. After nine years at ICIQ, he will continue his research as a professor at Delft University of Technology.
Thesis defense Ina Vollmer
On March 11, 219, Ina Vollmer successfully defended her thesis, entitled: "Towards activity descriptiors for the methane dehydroaromatization catalyst Mo/HZSM-5". Her promotors are Prof. Freek Kapteijn and Prof. Jorge Gascon.
Thesis defense Anahid Sabetghadam Esfahani
On January 31, 2019, Anahid Sabetghadam Esfahani successfully defended her thesis, entitled “CO2 Capture by Metal-Organic Framework based Mixed Matrix Membranes”, that she wrote under supervision of promotors prof.dr. F. Kapteijn and prof.dr. J. Gascon.
Freek Kapteijn awarded IChemE medal
Freek Kapteijn was presented with the Andrew Medal at the UK Catalysis Conference in Loughborough on 10 January by Professor Chris Hardacre, Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. Kapteijn then presented a lecture, entitled ‘Process intensification through structuring catalyst and reactor - Highly active Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalysts by MOF mediated synthesis’.
“I consider the Andrew medal as a recognition of the field of Catalysis Engineering. It underlines the importance of the activities of those who combine engineering and catalysis.”
See press relase here.
Freek Kapteijn and Jorge Gascon among the Highly Cited Researcher 2018
Freek Kapteijn and Jorge Gascon are on the list of Highly Cited Researchers 2018, see here.
This list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.
The article in TNW news can be found here.
Monique van der Veen awarded NWO Athena Prize 2018
At the CHAINS chemistry conference on 4 December, Dr Marie-Eve Aubin-Tam and Dr Monique van der Veen will receive the NWO Athena Prize 2018. The prize is awarded in recognition of women chemists who serve as role models for other researchers. Aubin-Tam and Van der Veen are both dedicated to improving tenure-track policy at Dutch universities. The prize is not only an acknowledgement of their achievements as scientists, but also celebrates their outstanding commitment to wider society. Read more.
Thesis defense Meixia Shan
On October 24 Meixia Shan received her Doctor degree after successfully defending her PhD thesis, entitled “Porous organic framework (POF) membranes for CO2 separation” that she wrote under supervision of promotors prof.dr. J. Gascon and prof.dr. F. Kapteijn. In the research Meixia developed membranes for CO2 capture, both for pre- and post-combustion systems. A patent is applied for on the preparation and application of the pre-combustion BILP membrane. This work was mentioned in several news items. A summary of the thesis can be found here.
International Symposium on Catalysis Engineering
On September 28 we organised the International Symposium on Catalysis Engineering in the Science Centre.
8th Reunion Catalysis Engineering
On September 27 we organised the 8th reunion of the Catalysis Engineering group. Because this was a special edition: the new building and Freek's retirement, people from all over the world came to Delft to join us. Freek presented us the achievements of Calysis Engineering group, there was a lab tour where it was even possible to visit the almost finished new Catalysis lab and a wunderful Indonesian buffet.
Science Advances: TUDelft BILP membrane separates H2 from CO2 under industrial conditions
Meixia Shan and Xinlei Liu developed an easy to synthesize benzimidazole linked polymer membrane (BILP) that separates hydrogen from carbon dioxide with a selectivity up to 40 under conditions that are relevant for industrial applications. It beats existing systems by a factor two and allows separation at lower energy costs. The BILP membrane can be used for other separations of hydrogen containing mixtures as well.
The paper appeared in Science Advances Vol. 4, no. 9, eaau1698,
and also features in the TUD magazine Delta
and the Dutch Chemical Society (KNCV) Magazine C2W.
Eduardo Andrés-Garcia received the award for the best oral presentation at 41st RIA
At the 41st Reunion Ibérica de Adsorción, 5-7 September 2018, in Gijon, Spain, Eduardo Andrés-Garcia received the award for the best oral presentation.
He presented part of his pioneering PhD work on the adsorptive separation of propane-propene mixtures using ZIFs, an industrially important and one of the most energy consuming separation processes.
ZIF-8 growth examined by dynamic angle-resolved harmonic light scattering in Nature Communications
Monique’s team applied a new technique that allows following real time the crystal growth of the metal organic framework ZIF-8 in solution. The angle dependence of the signal provides insight into the growth mechanism by probing the evolution of size, shape and concentration, while polarization analysis yields structural information in terms of point group symmetry.
PhD research of Irinia Yarulina culminated in Nature Chemistry paper, featured on front page
Based on her PhD research deep mechanistic understanding of the effect of alkaline earth elements on the performance of ZSM-5 catalysts in the methanol to olefins (MTO) process was gained, and design rules were derived for the manufacture of stable and propene selective MTO catalysts. This work resulted in a collaborative paper in NatureChemistry doi.org/10.1038/s41557-018-0081-0, and reached the front cover of the Nature Chemistry issue in August 2018.
IChemE Andrew medal for Freek Kapteijn
Professor Freek Kapteijn will receive the IChemE Andrew medal, being recognized as one of the founding fathers of Catalysis Engineering, pioneering concepts and approaches which will help improving the understanding of structure-performance relationships in heterogeneous catalysis and materials’ science.
Great International Dinner CE
Inspired by Joane and Marta everybody brought in favourite dishes from all over the globe. It was a tremendous success. No leftovers!
Ina Vollmer won NIOK lecture award at the 19th NCCC and “Best Presentation” of the session at ACS NOLA, Spring meeting 2018
At the 19th Netherlands Chemistry and Catalysis Conference Ina Vollmer won the NIOK-lecture award for her presentation entitled 'On the dynamic nature of Mo sites for Methane Dehydroaromatization', work that she performed as part of her PhD project.
On the picture Ina receives the award from professor Joost Reek, chairman of the NIOK.
Later that month Ina was awarded “Best Presentation” of the session, during the ACS NOLA, Spring meeting 2018, 18-22 March, in New Orleans, USA, for her presentation ‘On the Dynamic Nature of Mo sites for Methane Dehydroaromatization’, authored by Ina Vollmer, Bart van der Linden, Samy Ould-Chikh, Antonio Aguilar-Tapia, Irina Yarulina, Edy Abou-Hamad, Yuri G. Sneider, Alma I. Olivos Suarez, Jean-Louis Hazemann, Freek Kapteijn and Jorge Gascon.
Tim Wezendonk succesfully defended his PhD thesis 2 March 2018
Tim Wezendonk received the Doctor degree after successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled 'Iron catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis derrived from Metal-Organic Frameworks: Fundamentals and Performance’. Tim worked on this topic under supervision of promotores Jorge Gascon and Freek Kapteijn. He destroyed MOF based on iron and created extremely active and stable catalysts for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, at least one order of magnitude higher than existing systems due to the high iron loading and the high dispersion. The porous shell around these nanoparticles prevents the sintering.
Freek Kapteijn recipient of the Golden Hoogewerff medal
At CHAINS 2017 the prestigious Golden Hoogewerff medal was awarded to Freek Kapteijn for his oeuvre in the field of Catalysis Engineering. This prestigious award is only awarded once in 4-5 years for special contributions in the field of Chemical Engineering by the Hoogewerff foundation. It is a recognition for the work in the field of structured reactors and catalysts on the interface of engineering and catalysis. At the picture Freek receives the medal from dr. Peter Berben, chairman of the Hoogewerff foundation.