Haoxiang Yan

PhD Candidate
Employed since: December 2023
Phone: +31683848861
Email: h.yan1@uu.nl
Room: David de Wied building - 4th floor open area



In this research, advanced active, and robust catalyst materials for highly selective and precise metathesis of PE (LDPE, LLDPE, etc.), into a range of medium-sized alkanes (C6-C18) will be developed. Mechanistic insights in the functioning of the various dehydrogenation/hydrogenation, isomerization, and metathesis active sites will be obtained by spectroscopy and microscopy for important structure-performance relationships guiding further catalyst materials design. Each of the different active sites will be optimized towards optimal conversion, and sufficient stability towards poisoning. The latter aspect will not only lead to formulation of catalyst powders commonly used in research for PE conversion into alkanes, but also in the synthesis and design of real-life catalyst bodies, enabling the conversion of real-life PE containing various contaminants and impurities within reactors.




12/2023 – Now                  Utrecht University, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
                                              PhD candidate in Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis Group

09/2021 – 08/2023           Utrecht University, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
                                              Graduated: Master in Nanomaterials Science

09/2016 – 06/2020          Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Shenzhen, (China)
                                             Graduated: Bachelor in Materials Science and Engineering


Work Experience

SABIC, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
03/2023 – 08/2023          Intern, Analytical Department
Main responsibility: Development on chlorine speciation.

GKG Precision Machine Co., Ltd, Dongguan, China
03/2021 – 06/2021           Trainee Mechanical Engineers, R&D Department
Main responsibility: (1) Debug Solidworks files of the machines. (2) Modify
machine according to requirements from customers. (3) Participate in the
design and assemble of a new generation of dispensers.

Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China
08/2020 – 02/2021           Research Assistant, School of Materials Science and Engineering
Main responsibility: (1) Research on NbSe3. (2) Experiment Instructor of 2
undergraduate students.


Jabbour, Christia R.; Schnabl, Kordula B.; Yan, Haoxiang; O’Beirn, Naoise N.; Dorresteijn, Joren M.; Meirer, Florian; Mandemaker, Laurens D. B.; Weckhuysen, Bert Marc

Chitosan as Support Material for Metal‐Organic Framework based Catalysts Journal Article

In: ChemPhysChem, 2024, ISSN: 1439-7641.

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Giri, Anupam; Yan, Haoxiang; Emamjomeh, Omid; Cuoq, Fabrice; Kwakkenbos, Gerard; van Zijl, Anthoni; Wong, Kae

Chlorine Speciation by GC-XSD for the Characterization of Plastic Pyrolysis Oil as a Cracker Feedstock Journal Article

In: Energy Fuels, vol. 38, no. 10, pp. 8649–8660, 2024, ISSN: 1520-5029.

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