Curriculum Vitae

Frank de Groot is Professor of Synchrotron and Theoretical Spectroscopy of Catalytic Nanomaterials in group of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis of the Department of Chemistry at Utrecht University. His work reflects a concern with both the theoretical and the experimental aspects of X-ray spectroscopy, including both fundamental studies and applications.  His current interest is in the use of X-ray spectroscopies for the study of the electronic and magnetic structure of condensed matter, in particular for transition metal oxides, (magnetic) nanoparticles and heterogeneous catalysts under working conditions. In July 2009, he won the Edward Stern Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest award of the IXAS that is given every three years for outstanding accomplishments across all X-ray absorption spectroscopy disciplinary areas. The award recognizes the fundamental contributions of Frank de Groot to the theory of X-ray spectroscopy. He has given 165 talks (47 invited) and published 190 articles (with over 6000 citations, see also the WebofScience ResearcherID )

Frank de Groot studied Chemistry at the University of Nijmegen, with major theme Theoretical Chemistry under supervision of Dr. Paul Wormer. In 1991 he received his Ph.D. degree (cum laude) also from the University of Nijmegen under supervision of John Fuggle. The title of his thesis was 'X-ray absorption spectroscopy of transition metal oxides'. From 1992, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the LURE Synchrotron in Orsay, France. In 1995, he became a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts (KNAW) fellow at the University of Groningen, under supervision of George Sawatzky. He obtained a personal vidi grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2001. End 2006 he was awarded the NWO vici grant.

University of Nijmegen / June 1987 / Theoretical Chemistry 

University of Nijmegen / November 1991 / Solid State Chemistry 
X-ray absorption of transition metal oxides 

From January 1993 
Post-doc at LURE, CNRS Orsay, France 
EU human capital and mobility / Core level spectroscopies of magnetic materials

From January 1995 
Post-doc at the Department of solid state physics, University of Groningen 
KNAW academy researcher / New synchrotron spectroscopies for research on transition metal systems 

From January 1999 
Assistant professor, from 2001 tenured, at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University 
NWO-CW VIDI (in 2001) / The local electronic structure of 3d transition metal ions in solids 

From January 2003 
Associate professor in the Group of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Department of Chemistry, Utrecht University 
NWO-CW VICI (in 2006) / In-situ X-ray spectromicroscopy of nanoparticle-adsorbate interactions

From September 2009
Full professor in the Group of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Department of Chemistry, Utrecht University 
Chair: Synchrotron and Theoretical Spectroscopy of Catalytic Nanomaterials