Registration – MCEC School 2021 for Members

Registration – MCEC School 2021 for PhD and PD

MCEC Annual Meeting 2021

The MCEC Annual Meeting 2021 will be held both online and in person on 21-22 June. We count on your presence at this two-day event so make sure that you reserve these dates in your agenda.

The first day will be held online in the MCEC MS Teams environment. On the second day we hope to meet you at “De Moestuin” in Utrecht for a live Covid-19 proof event.

All MCEC PhD’s will be required to present a poster on the second day.

Below you can find the preliminary program and registration form. Please register before June 1st.

Monday 21 June – Online

09:00 Opening

09:15 – 10:15 Invited Speaker

10:30 – 11:30 Presentations by PhDs/PDs 3x 20min.

11:30 Break

13:00 – 14:00 Demonstrator updates 3x 20 min.

14:00 – 14:30 Presentations by PhDs 2x 20 min.

14:30 Break

15:00 – 16:00 Invited Speaker: David Fernandez Rivas

16:00 Break

16:15 – 17:15 Presentations by PhDs/PDs 3x 20min.

Tuesday 22 June – Live

11:00 – 12:00 Poster Session group 1

12:00 – 13:00 Break with Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Poster Session group 2

14:00 – 16:00 Workshop Demonstrator ‘Wastebot’


Online Lecture Series: Life After MCEC

Dear MCEC Members,

We are happy to invite you to our Online Lecture Series: “Life after MCEC” given by our MCEC members. We encourage you to actively participate and ask any questions through the chat or after the lecture.

Our second lecture will be given by dr. Jeroen Vollenbroek.

Date: Thursday 20/05/2021
Time: 13.00 /13.45 h.

My name is Jeroen Vollenbroek and I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the Nephrology and Hypertension department at the UMC Utrecht and also partially at the University of Twente. I did my bachelor and master in Electrical Engineering at the University of Twente. During my PhD within MCEC I worked on a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative project at the BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip group (University of Twente) and the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group (Utrecht University). I worked together with Anne-Eva Nieuwelink on developing microreactors for the high-throughput activity screening (and sorting) of catalyst particles. During my MCEC project I could apply the knowledge I learned during my master and simultaneously learn a lot about chemistry and catalysis through the collaboration. Now, for my postdoc I am part of a long running project in developing a portable artificial kidney. My project focusses on the removal of urea from dialysate using electro-oxidation. During my talk/lecture I will tell about my experiences within MCEC, how MCEC helped me become the researcher I am, and a bit about my current project.


MCEC Members: Experienced Escapers

On Friday April 9th, MCEC’s C-Team organized a really fun, informal Remote Teambuilding Experience. It was an online escape room hosted by The Box Company.

The participants were divided into 5 teams of 5 people.

In the end Team Argon turned out to be the quickest to escape. Congratulations to Roy Hoitink, Ketki Srivastava, Juan Guillermo Ramírez, Mathieu Odijk and Jochem van Duin!



Online lecture Series: Life after MCEC


Dear MCEC Members,

We are happy to invite you to our Online Lecture Series: Life after MCEC given by our MCEC members. We encourage you to actively participate and ask any questions through the chat or after the lecture.

Our first lecture will be given by  Laurens Mandemaker, a current Postdoc at UU working on Nanoplastics.

Date: Thursday 15/04/2021
Time: 09.00 / 09.45 h.

You can join by following this link or through our MCEC online education platform in Teams.

Best regards,

Laurens did his PhD at Utrecht University and will be defending his thesis on June 2nd.

Hello, my name is Laurens! Last December, I finished my MCEC Ph.D. contract after 4 years of learning, collaborations, and good times. In those 4 years, I’ve worked mostly on metal-organic frameworks: crystalline porous solids which could be used as catalysts and gas sorbents due to their versatile characteristics. Now, I’ve started a postdoc at Utrecht University working on quite a different topic: nanoplastics. I am applying the techniques, skills and problem-solving skills learned during my Ph.D. to study completely different materials, which is exciting! Working as a postdoc is quite different from doing a Ph.D., and I’m really enjoying the freedom and great amount of side-projects that I can focus on besides having a main topic that is of great societal importance!



MCEC Kick-Off 2021

On January 19, 2021, at 14.00h we are going to kick-off 2021 as a group, with an inspiring online meeting.

We give the floor to our MT-members, tenure track assistant-professors and perhaps you too! Do you have an inspiring substantive message for 2021? Then share it with us!

For all PhD’s and postdocs we offer a very interesting and fun workshop starting at 15.15h to support you in developing your ‘online presence’.

How we communicate research is changing because of new (especially digital) possibilities. Felix Weijdema (UU) will give the workshop ”Improve Your Online Presence” in which he will talk about what steps you can take to disseminate your work online in novel and engaging ways, and hence increase the impact of your research on science and society.

We would like to know if you are going to attend the workshop, therefore we kindly request you to register via this link: