En Chen

PhD Candidate
Employed since: March 2022
Email: e.chen@uu.nl
Room: DDW 4th floor open area



My research focuses on the chemical recycling of plastics. I aim to develop a novel strategy to break down polyolefin backbone under mild reaction conditions. I am focusing on the photo-oxidation and solvolysis process in the presence of heterogeneous catalyst. Characterization techniques such as IR and AFM are applied to observe changes in functional groups on polymer backbone and surface roughness of plastics throughout the reaction.



PhD candidate, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group, Utrecht University
Project: “Photo-assisted solvolysis of polyolefins”, under supervision of Prof. Bert Weckhuysen and Dr. Ina Vollmer

Research assistant, Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Project: “Properties study of metal-embedded porous carbons”, under supervision of Dr. Po-Wen Chung

Visiting student, University of Trieste, Italy
Project: “Selective electrochemical O2 reduction to H2O2 by carbon-based catalysts”, under supervision of prof. Tiziano Montini and Prof. Paolo Fornasiero

MSc in Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Thesis: “Synthesis of copper-containing nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon materials for electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction reaction”, under supervision of Prof. Chia-Min Yang

BSc in Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Project: “Synthesis and characterization of Cu-containing hierarchical MFI zeolites”, under supervision of Prof. Chia-Min Yang


Other publications

See earlier publications on Scopus.