Towards a Multifunctional Catalyst for the Hydrogenation of Iso-Oleic Acid to Ultrastable Isostearic Acid
This research is done in the frame of a NWO-LIFT project, in collaboration with Croda, BASF and VibSpec.
Isostearic acid is used in cosmetics, foods and lubricating oils, among others. Its commercial production takes place through the hydrogenation of the fatty acid iso-oleic acid, which can be made from vegetable oils. In this project, we will use a combination of solid catalyst materials which, in addition to the hydrogenation reaction, also removes undesired color and odor components. We are looking for a new hydrogenation catalyst that selectively produces isostearic acid of high purity. We aim for the best catalyst material with the right balance of active sites with both acid and metal properties. To study the hydrogenation process we will use several in-situ characterization methods, such as UV-VIS, ATR-IR and Raman spectroscopy and complement this with off-line methods, such as NMR and GC/MS.
2021 – present
PhD candidate at ICC under prof. dr. ir. B.M. Weckhuysen and prof. dr. E.T.C. Vogt
2018 – 2020
MSc Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University
Internship at Shell, Amsterdam: ‘Raman thermometry for the determination of local catalyst bed temperature under operando conditions’.
MSc thesis at Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University: ‘Re-use of the by product hydrochloric acid to produce valuable chemicals’ (daily supervisor: Bas Terlingen MSc, supervisor: Prof. dr. ir. Bert M. Weckhuysen)
2015 – 2018
BSc Chemistry at Utrecht University
BSc thesis at Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University: ‘Stabilizing copper sulphide nanocrystals on support materials for photocatalytic applications’ (daily supervisor: Christa van Oversteeg, supervisor: Prof. dr. P.E. de Jongh)
2008 – 2014
Pre-university education (Atheneum) at Maerlant, Brielle
Born February 6th in Delft, Netherlands