Angela Melcherts

PhD Candidate
Employed since: October 2020
Room: Vening Meineszgebouw-B



Angela will focus on understanding the thermocatalytic conversion of CO2 into valuable base chemicals. She will investigate the structure-performance relationships of various supported metal catalysts as well as the influence of the composition of waste streams from the steel industry on the reaction. Her project is part of a consortium with Tata Steel, M2i and Leiden University, which is focusing on different valorization strategies for the CO2-rich waste streams of the steel industry.



2020 – Present
PhD candidate in the group of prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University

Project: Thermochemical CO2 conversion over supported metal catalysts, in the frame of the TRANSCRIPT (“Transforming carbon-rich industrial waste gases of metallurgical plants into valuable products”) project in the frame of an NWO-ENW Industrial Partnership Program.

2017 – 2020
Master’s degree in Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University
Master thesis at the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group, ‘Tuning Ni-Support Interactions and C-C Coupling in the Catalytic COx Hydrogenation Reaction’, supervised by dr. Matteo Monai and prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen

Internship at the Nanochemistry Department of the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy, ‘Synthesis of Colloidal Lead-Free Perovskite Materials’, supervised by prof. dr. Liberato Manna

2013 – 2016
Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Utrecht University

Bachelor thesis: ‘Carrier Recombination in Colloidal Ternary CuIn-chalcogenide Semiconductor Heteronanocrystals’


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