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Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry

Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry

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Our mission statement

To discover new catalysts and materials for sustainable chemistry and energy applications, and have lots of fun meanwhile.

Principal investigators

HCSC is led by three principal investigators with complementary research lines: Gadi Rothenberg (catalyst design), Raveendran Shiju (Catalysis Engineering) and Stefania Grecea (Inorganic Materials). We work chiefly on fundamental processes that relate to bulk chemicals and sustainable energy solutions. The applications include chemicals from biomass, fuel cells, and multifunctional materials.

Laboratory facilities

Our new laboratories are located at the Science Park Amsterdam. We have over 400 m 2 of state-of-the-art labs for the synthesis, testing and characterisation of catalysts and porous materials.

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Teaching activities

We are involved in teaching of chemistry and catalysis at all levels.
Our textbook Catalysis: Concepts and Green Applications (2nd edition, 2017, ISBN 978-3-527-34305-8) covers homogeneous, heterogeneous and biocatalysis from a Green Chemistry perspective. A Wiley-VCH bestseller, it is the most popular introductory textbook in catalysis. The second edition features 50 additional exercises based on suggestions of students and teachers of chemistry and chemical engineering from all over the world, and is currently being translated into Chinese.

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Our new textbook on Ceramic Membranes, that has just been published by Wiley-VCH, gives graduate and senior undergraduate students the latest overview on the fundamentals and applications of these exciting materials.






Industrial collaborations

We work closely with industry on several projects. Currently, we are collaborating with Solvay, DSM, the Huayi Shanghai Acrylic Acid Co. and Avantium Technologies.

Knowledge valorisation

Our research has led to several important patents (some of which were sold to industry) as well as to the founding of spin-off companies: Sorbisense A/S (Denmark), that manufactures and markets new passive samplers for monitoring soil and groundwater, Yellow Diesel BV, that developed new routes to biodiesel via heterogeneous catalysis, and Plantics BV, that markets a new biodegradable plastic that was invented in the group. We also invented a new ammoximation catalyst and process, and most recently a catalyst for removing cyanide from wastewater streams.

New method to remove cyanide from industrial waste water

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press release on new bioplastics

Gadi Rothenberg

Publishing and reviewing policy

We publish all our research in top peer-reviewed journals. As a rule, we focus on societies' journals. Where possible, we publish open-access or purchase the open-access rights. Group members are also encouraged to write semi-popular articles for the local and (inter)national press. We do not review papers for commercial publishers.

Vacancies and recruitment policy

We're always looking for outstanding scientific talent. All our PhD and postdoc vacancies are always published online. If no vacancies are listed in the right bar, it means that no PhD or postdoc positions are available.

MSc students wishing to carry out their research project in the group are welcome to apply. However, unlike PhD students, MSc students receive no salary. This means that applicants must find their own funding for accommodation and living expenses.

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Group meetings and events