Structure Sensitivity

Structure-activity relations in heterogeneous catalysis with emphasis on the understanding of reaction mechanism. These studies combine computational catalysis (DFT), in situ spectroscopy (XAS, IR, Raman) and kinetic modelling (experimental kinetics, microkinetic modelling). Catalytic reactions of interest are alkane activation, selective oxidation, steam reforming, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Topics of interest are the influence of nanoparticle size on catalytic performance, oxidation of very small metal nanoparticles involving catalysis by Au and Au alloys, Rh and liquid phase CO hydrogenation reactions for Ru, Rh and other metals.

IMC Contact:

Prof. dr. ir. E.J.M Hensen

Ir. I.A.W. Filot