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The central research theme is the development of structure-activity relationships and expert systems in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and materials science with special emphasis on the development and use of advanced in situ characterization techniques. Another area of interest is the molecular design of transition metal ion complexes in inorganic hosts for catalytic and sensor applications. Enzymes, the most effective catalysts in nature, are the inspiration source for this research.
Key publications of the last 5 years
Heterogeneities of individual catalyst particles in space and time as monitored by spectroscopy
Buurmans, I.L.C., and B.M. Weckhuysen, Nature Chemistry 4 (2012) 873-886.
Catalytic processes monitored at the nanoscale with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Schrojenstein Lantman, E., T. Deckert-Gaudig, A.J.G. Mank, V. Deckert and B.M. Weckhuysen,
Nature Nanotechnology 7 (2012) 583-586.
Catalytic activity in
individual cracking catalyst particles imaged throughout different life
stages by selective staining
Buurmans, I.L.C., J. Ruiz-Martinez, W.V. Knowles, D. van der Beek, J.A.
Bergwerff, E.T.C. Vogt and B.M. Weckhuysen, Nature Chemistry 3 (2011) 862-867.
The Catalytic Valorization
of Lignin for the Production of Renewable Chemicals
Zakzeski, J., Bruijnincx, P.C.A.,
Jongerius, A.L., Weckhuysen, B.M., Chemical Reviews 110 (2010) 3552-3599.
intergrowth structures leading to distinct internal and outer-surface
molecular diffusion barriers
Karwacki, L., M.H.F. Kox D.A.M.
de Winter, M.R. Drury, J.D. Meeldijk, E. Stavitski, W. Schmidt, M. Mertens,
P. Cubillas, N. John, A. Chan, N. Kahn, S.R. Bare, M. Anderson, J.
Kornatowski and B.M. Weckhuysen, Nature Materials 8 (2009) 959-965.
Nanoscale chemical imaging of a working catalyst by scanning transmission X-ray microscopy
Smit, E. de, I. Swart, J.F. Creemer, G.H. Hoveling, M.K. Gilles, T. Tyliszczak, P.J. Kooyman, H.W. Zandbergen, C. Morin, B.M. Weckhuysen and F.M.F. de Groot, Nature 456 (2008) 222-225.