Welcome to the Catalysis and Surface Chemistry group

The research aim of the Surface Chemistry and Catalysis group is to probe and understand chemical reactions on well-defined, mostly single crystalline, surfaces at the molecular level. The group combines state-of-the-art experimental setups to study surface catalytic reactions using a variety of spectroscopic techniques, both at the metal-uhv and metal-liquid interface, with computational techniques based on density functional theory and dynamic Monte Carlo simulations. Read more in the research section.

Read more


Cation effects in electrocatalysis in JACS and Angewandte
Cation effects.png

Elena Perez-Gallent and Giulia Marcandalli show cation effects on the selectivity of CO reduction on copper single crystal electrodes; Xiaoting Chen and Ian McCrum show how cation effects explain the anomalous pH dependence of the hydrogen peak on stepped platinum single crystal electrodes:

Read more
Electrochemical synthesis of dimethylcarbonate in JACS
Article JACS Marta Figuereido_2017.jpg

Marta Figueiredo, in collaboration with colleagues from Covestro in Germany, has elucidated the mechanism by which dimethylcarbonate can be formed electrochemically from carbon monoxide and methanol:

Read more
Misconceptions Exposed

Leon Jacobse en Ludo Juurlink hebben met een groep BSc studenten van de opleiding MST twee artikelen gepubliceerd over een bekende chemische demonstratie in the Journal of Chemical Education. Op één van de artikelen is Rick Spierenburg, zelf nog BSc student, zelfs eerste auteur.

Read more