Research introduction

The research aim of the Catalysis and Surface Chemistry 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. 

Our aim is to unravel mechanistic and kinetic aspects of important catalytic reactions that feature in industrial processes, fuel reforming, fuel cells, the hydrogen economy, and environmental catalysis. Equipped with this fundamental insight, we aim to contribute to the rational design of catalysts. An important area of inspiration is biocatalysis and enzymes, and the comparison of reactions at different catalysts (metal surfaces, enzymes) at different interfaces (metal-gas, metal-liquid, enzyme-liquid).

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Research themes

The group currently has four main research themes: electrocatalysis (Koper), ultra-high vacuum surface science (Juurlink), catalysis for sustainable energy (Hetterscheid) and operando research in heterogeneous catalysis (Groot).
Funding for our research comes from Leiden University, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO (TOP, ECHO) and the National Research School Catalysis (NRSC).

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