MCEC Newsletter November 2020

In our latest MCEC Newsletter you can read about:

  • MCEC School 2020
  • MCEC Focus Session @ CHAINS 2020 (online)
  • MCEC Member: Sander Langen (UT)
  • Operando Characterisation of Catalysts at Work
  • SUNERGY Online Workshop
  • Two H2020 grants – Florian Meirer & Bert Weckhuysen
  • MCEC Promotions
  • Freddy Rabouw receives Heineken Young Scientists Award
  • MCEC Publications

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MCEC School 2020

The organization looks back on an inspiring three days and would like to thank all students, members and (guest) speakers for making this online MCEC School a success!


You can read a small recap of the event on the MCEC website.

MCEC Member: Sander Langen (UT)

In the second phase of MCEC, we have welcomed many new members. In this rubric we will introduce them to you.


MCEC Focus Session @ CHAINS 2020 (online)

Plastic: chicken or egg of the waste cycle That’s the topic Bert Weckhuysen (chair, UU), Jaap den Doelder ( TU/e), Ina Volmer (UU) and Lonneke Slenders (Ioniqa) will discuss during the MCEC Focus Session at CHAINS 2020.

We asked Ina Volmer about her views on the matter.

Date: 9 December 2020
Time: 14:15 – 15:35 CET
Register before November 27

Operando Characterisation of Catalysts at Work


MCEC Members Bert Weckhuysen, Florian Meirer and Ward van der Stam, will host an online conference on December 17 and 18 about ‘Operando Characterisation of Catalysts at Work’.

In this conference, the progress of operando spectroscopy and microscopy in the fields of thermo-, electro- and photocatalysis will be discussed by several experts.

Check out the event and register here.

SUNERGY Online Workshop

On 26 November 2020, 14:00h, SUNERGY will organize an online workshop.

Participants from academia, industry, government and NGOs will discuss fossil-free fuels and chemicals, learn how SUNERGY operates in Europe and discuss how SUNERGY can strengthen developments in the Netherlands.

Registration is open now.


Two H2020 grants – Florian Meirer & Bert Weckhuysen

Florian Meirer and Bert Weckhuysen (both UU) are members of two consortia that successfully obtained funding under the call Micro- and nano-plastics in our environment: Understanding exposures and impacts on human health in the work program Health, demographic change and wellbeing of the Horizon 2020 Framework.

On 30 October 2020, the European Commission announced the outcome of the annual call for proposals for the Health societal challenge for the final year of Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

You can find the two projects that were funded in the outcome document of the H2020 call: Polyrisk and Aurora.

MCEC Promotions

On October 30, Katarina Stanciakova (UU) obtained her PhD degree from Utrecht University. She has worked on the modelling of water-active site interactions in zeolites, which is of great importance in e.g. biomass valorisation.

On 16 September, Anne-Eva Nieuwelink (UU) successfully defended Ph.D. in first Joint Doctorate degree with Utrecht University and University of Twente. You can read more about the fine marriage between microreactor technology and catalysis on the UU website.

Freddy Rabouw receives Heineken Young Scientists Award

We are very proud that Freddy Rabouw (UU) has been awarded the Heineken Young Scientists Award 2020!

He received the award for his research on new materials to generate light, for example for solar cells or display screens. The materials he studies are mainly nanocrystals of only a few thousand atoms in size.

Read more.


David Fernandez Rivas (UT)
-> Process intensification education contributes to sustainable development goals. Part 1 (Part 2 can be found here)
-> Process intensification connects scales and disciplines towards sustainability

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