The van der Veen group is part of the Chemical Engineering department and the Catalysis Engineering section at TU Delft. We are driven by the development of nanoporous materials for photocatalysis and electronics. Most notably we work with metal-organic framework. These structures that consist of inorganic clusters linked by organic linkers into 3-D nanoporous crystalline solids offer a playground where via varying the constituents we can change the properties and topology at will.
We focus on developping materials for converting solar energy into chemical fuels, to be used as memories in physically flexible electronics and to be used as harvesters of ambient mechanical vibration energy. An important component of our research is the use of advanced optical spectroscopy to gain detailed insight in the structure and function of nanoporous materials.