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Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry

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), Amanda Garcia (organic electrosynthesis), and Ning Yan (electrochemistry and fuel cells). We work chiefly on fundamental processes that relate to bulk chemicals and sustainable energy solutions. The applications include chemicals from biomass, CO2 conversion, sustainable processes and catalysis for clean energy.

Laboratory facilities

Our laboratories are located at the Science Park Amsterdam. We have over 400 m2of state-of-the-art labs for the synthesis, testing and characterisation of catalysts and porous materials.

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. It is also available in Chinese, translated by our collaborators at Fudan University, professors Xu, Shen, Yue and Hua. The Chinese edition was published by Higher Education Press, the publishing house of the Chinese Ministry for Education.

Catalysis cover 2nd edition
Catalysis: Concepts & Green Applications, 2nd edition)
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Ceramic-Membranes-cover-Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry

Our textbook on Ceramic Membranes, also 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, 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, sold to Eurofins in 2018), 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.

Gadi Rothenberg

Publishing and reviewing policy

We publish all our research in top peer-reviewed journals. As a rule, we focus on societies’ journals, and try to publish our papers open-access. 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

All our PhD and postdoc vacancies are always published online. The current vacancies are listed here. If there are no vacancies listed, it means that NO POSITIONS are available.

MSc students 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.