Baira Donoeva

Assistant Professor
Employed since: March 2015
Phone: +31 622 736 379
Room: 5.86



Supported metal catalysts for selective transformations

Metal nanoparticles and clusters immobilized on solid carriers are of great importance for catalysis due to their high surface-to-volume ratio and unique size- and shape-dependent properties. It is expected that catalysts based on metal nanoparticles will play increasingly important role in the sustainable production of chemicals and fuels. The ultimate goal of our research is to contribute to our understanding of how the supported metal catalysts work and how can we improve the existing catalysts or design efficient new ones for selected catalysts and reactions.

In particular, our focus is on a targeted preparation of supported metal nanoparticles by using metal colloids and clusters, as well as investigation of relationships between catalyst structure/composition and performance by using these catalysts. Reactions of interest include both gas- and liquid-phase selective oxidation (oxidation of CO, alkene epoxidation, oxidation of bio-derived platform chemicals, etc.). The work relies on (advanced) characterization techniques available in the group of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, as well as (in-situ) Synchrotron-based techniques.

Research funded by:

European Commission, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship
NWO Materials for Sustainability
Private partners



2017 – present
Assistant Professor, Utrecht University, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis.

2015 – 2017 
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Fellow, Utrecht University, Group of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Prof Petra E. de Jongh

Research Associate, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, New Zealand

2010 – 2014
PhD in Chemistry, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Dr Vladimir Golovko

2007 – 2010
Junior Research Fellow, Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk, Russia

2004 – 2009   
MSc in Chemistry, Novosibirsk State University, Russia (cum laude)


Donoeva, B; de Jongh, P E

Colloidal Au Catalyst Preparation: Selective Removal of Polyvinylpyrrolidone from Active Au Sites Journal Article

ChemCatChem, 10 (5), pp. 989-997, 2018, (cited By 0).

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Masoud, N; Donoeva, B; de Jongh, P E

Stability of gold nanocatalysts supported on mesoporous silica for the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural to furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid Journal Article

Applied Catalysis A: General, 561 , pp. 150-157, 2018, (cited By 0).

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Donoeva, B; Masoud, N; Jongh, De P E

Carbon Support Surface Effects in the Gold-Catalyzed Oxidation of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural Journal Article

ACS Catalysis, 7 (7), pp. 4581-4591, 2017, (cited By 21).

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Other publications

See earlier publications on Scopus.