Rik van Gorp has recently been appointed as a fellow in the new, national Faculty of Impact Program and is part of the Membrane Materials and Processes Group, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The Faculty of Impact is a new, 2-year, national program that aims to turn breakthrough science into a business. Joining this program gives me the opportunity to work on the Heratec project that focuses on the commercialization of breakthrough electrodes for the next-generation of electrochemical devices. The project is a collaboration between TU/e and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. <br/> Porous electrodes are at the heart of electrochemical devices and new breakthroughs in their design and functionality are urgently necessary to enable zero-emission heavy-duty transportation, green chemical manufacturing, and seasonal energy storage.

Reactant in, product out – competitive transport pathways within porous electrodes fundamentally limit the performance of electrochemical devices. With Heratec’s disruptive technology, we solve the fundamental challenge of multiphase flows and enable transformative performance improvements in hydrogen technologies (e.g. fuel cells, electrolyzer), energy storage and electrofuels.


Rik studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Groningen (BSc) and later at Eindhoven University of Technology (MSc). During his master, Rik has focused on the engineering of complex energy systems. In his master project Rik performed research on the computation bottom-up design of porous electrode microstructures. Afterwards, Rik moved to Aix-en-Provence to do an internship on tritium retention at the nuclear fusion facility ITER.

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