Research Group

Photo taken during the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis Lab Dinner at Sonnenborgh (; November 12, 2021) by Ivar Pel. This image was made following all Covid-19 regulations in force at the time of the event. All group members in this picture were screened for Covid-19 (QR-code) prior to entering the restaurant.


Our group focuses on characterization, performance, and synthesis of inorganic functional materials with special emphasis on well-defined heterogeneous catalysts for energy storage and sustainable physicochemical conversion processes in the fields of thermal catalysis, photocatalysis and electrocatalysis. We specialize in the development of operando and in-situ (time-resolved) spectroscopy and microscopy techniques to develop structure-performance relationships and understand, for example, the function and deactivation of solid catalysts. Further focal areas include industrial catalysis, environmental analysis, plasmonic sensing, and data mining.


Advanced spectro(micro)scopy for the study of hierarchically complex functional materials under real working conditions, especially heterogeneous catalytic solids and processes for present and future hydrocarbon conversion processes, catalyst synthesis, and data mining.

Fundamental challenge

To establish the relationship between structure, composition, and function of functional materials at different length scales, that is, ranging from the single atomic and molecule level over the micro-, meso- and macroscopic scale up to the level of, for example, small reactor set-ups. This is especially important for catalyst materials used in the production of present and future fuels and chemicals because fundamental problems in catalysis and sustainability require a multi-scale science approach.


New research group MCC started

On January 1st, a new research group was founded, called Materials Chemistry and Catalysis (MCC). More information on this new group can be found at The Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group, ICC, remains focused on operando spectroscopy and microscopy of heterogeneous catalysts and catalytic processes, with a strong interest in sustainable new processes based on alternative feedstocks, including CO2, biomass, and polymer waste, developing the refinery and petrochemical complex of the future.