MCEC Newsletter December 2021

Dear MCEC Member,

In our latest MCEC Newsletter you can read about:

  • MCEC School 2021 Recap
  • Catalysis Connected Save The Date: 15-16 September 2022
  • NWO Stairway to Impact Award for David Fernandez Rivas (UT)
  • Valerii Muravev (TU/e) obtained his PhD cum laude
  • MCEC Lecture Series: What’s Next?
  • MCEC Publications

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MCEC School 2021 Recap

This year, we were lucky the MCEC school was a live event again! Although the event was originally planned in Apeldoorn, last-minute changes caused a change in location, and we all enjoyed the nice countryside of Zwolle.

During this week, we could enjoy very nice and diverse lectures related to chemical and physical science, statistics, machine learning and data visualization. In between there was enough time to catch up or learn to know the new members.

The PhD teaches PhD session illustrated nicely how we can relatively easily learn from each other, and it also revealed that together we have a high knowledge density in complex chemistry and physics.

Two social activities, a pubquiz and karaoke on Monday evening and sport event on Wednesday afternoon, were organized by the C-team and showed the competitive sides of each and every one. Concluding, this week showed that the MCEC community is diverse, inspiring and fun, which perfectly reflects how we visualize modern science.

Text: Jim de Ruiter (UU)
Photos: Anne-Eva Nieuwelink

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Catalysis Connected Save The Date: 15-16 September 2022

With this new date, we hope to put on an exciting conference, with great speakers and the opportunity to provide you, our guests, with the best scientific content you could wish for in two days.

We are all looking forward to having a great real-life edition of Catalysis Connected on 15-16 September 2022!

Team Catalysis Connected

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NWO Stairway to Impact Award for David Fernandez Rivas (UT)

MCEC Member David Fernandez Rivas has received the Stairway to Impact Award. The award is one of five prizes that the NWO domain Science (ENW) presents this week to scientists who are an inspiration in the area of societal impact, team science, excellent science, diversity and communication.

David is an adjunct professor in the Mesoscale Chemical Systems (MCS) department of the Science & Technology (ST) faculty at the University of Twente. He is mainly known for the development of an injection technique that reduces needle usage, by making the fluid itself the needle: it is ‘shot’ through the epidermis at high speed. Earlier this year, David also received the prestigious Prins Friso Ingenieursprijs Engineer of 2021, granted by the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers for his work on bubbles for practical uses.

Every noble metal atom counts in exhaust catalysts – Valerii Muravev (TU/e) obtained his PhD cum laude

Modern society heavily relies on transportation. The internal combustion engines that power most vehicles emit gaseous pollutants that are harmful to human health and to the environment. Catalytic removal of toxic carbon monoxide (CO) from exhaust fumes is typically done with expensive noble metals as one of the key components of automotive catalytic convertors. For his PhD research, Valerii Muravev explored ways to improve the efficiency of costly catalysts by optimising the use of noble metals in convertors. Muravev recevied his PhD cum laude on November 26th 2021, many congratulations!

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MCEC Lecture Series: What’s Next?

The purpose of this MCEC Lecture Series is to show our PhD candidates what the possibilities are after completing their PhD.

Upcoming lectures:
– January 2022: Ivan Devic – Software Engineer at Ericsson
– March 3 2022: Evgeny Uslamin – Start-up: CyberHydra

MCEC Publications

Have a look at the latest MCEC Publications (September – December 2021).

High-throughput activity screening and sorting of single catalyst particles with a droplet microreactor using dielectrophoresis

Anne-Eva Nieuwelink, Jeroen C. Vollenbroek, Roald M. Tiggelaar, Johan G. Bomer, Albert van den Berg, Mathieu Odijk and Bert M. Weckhuysen

See the publication: Nature Catalysis, 9 December 2021, DOI 10.1038/s41929-021-00718-7

Detection of Spontaneous FeOOH Formation at the Hematite/Ni(Fe)OOH Interface during Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting by Operando X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

Ismail A.S.M, Garcia-Torregrosa I., Vollenbroek J.C., Folkertsma L., Bomer J.G., Haarman T., Ghiasi M., Schellhorn M., Nachtegaal M., Odijk M., van den Berg A., Weckhuysen B.M.

See the publication: ACS Catalysis Volume 11, Issue 19, Pages 12324 – 123351 October 2021

Towards controlled bubble nucleation in microreactors for enhanced mass transport

Ripken R.M.,Wood J.A., Schlautmann S., Günther A., Gardeniers H.J.G.E., Le Gac S.

See the publication: Reaction Chemistry and Engineering Open Access Volume 6, Issue 10, Pages 1869 – 1877 October 2021

Copper sulfide derived nanoparticles supported on carbon for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide

van Oversteeg C.H.M., Tapia Rosales M., Helfferich K.H. ,Ghiasi M., Meeldijk J.D., Firet N.J., Ngene P., de Mello Donegá C., de Jongh P.E.

See the publication: Catalysis Today Open Access Volume 377, Pages 157 – 1651 October 2021

Understanding Water-Zeolite Interactions: On the Accuracy of Density Functionals

Stanciakova K., Louwen J.N., Weckhuysen B.M., Bulo R.E., Göltl F.

See the publication: Journal of Physical Chemistry C Volume 125, Issue 37, Pages 20261 – 2027423 September 2021

Ni-In Synergy in CO2Hydrogenation to Methanol

Zhu J., Cannizzaro F., Liu L., Zhang H., Kosinov N., Filot I.A.W., Rabeah J., Brückner A., Hensen E.J.M.

See the publication: ACS Catalysis Open Access Volume 11, Issue 18, Pages 11371 – 1138417 September 2021