NWO gravity grant for Prof.dr. Hans Kuipers

Six research consortia in which prominent scientists from various Dutch universities work together are receiving a combined sum of 153 million euros for long-term and large-scale research. These awards fall under the Gravitation programme of the Minister for Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker. With these grants, she is giving Dutch world-class scientists the opportunity to carry out innovative research that can bring about international breakthroughs. An international committee appointed by NWO was responsible for assessing the proposals.

Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion

  • Main applicant: Prof. B.M. Weckhuysen (Utrecht University)
  • Co-applicant: Prof. A. van den Berg (University of Twente), Prof. A. van Blaaderen (Utrecht University), Prof. J.A.M. Kuipers (Eindhoven University of Technology), Prof. D. Lohse (University of Twente), Prof. R.A. van Santen (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Lead institution: Utrecht University
  • Award: 31.9 million euros

Chemists, physicists and engineers will join forces to radically change the processes used to produce fuels and chemical building blocks of the future. The research will focus on the development and optimisation of existing catalytic processes at all relevant scales: from the atomic level to the level of the actual reactor the catalysis takes place in. The ultimate aim of the Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion is to develop highly efficient catalytic processes for various energy and materials sources, such as fossil fuels, biomass and solar energy.