My project is part of the NWO-LIFT programme and is a collaboration with Croda, BASF and VibSpec.
Isostearic acid is a naturally-derived chemical found in various applications such as cosmetics, foods and lubricating oils. Its commercial production takes place through the hydrogenation of the fatty acid iso-oleic acid, which can be made from vegetable oils.
The aim of this project is to develop a bifunctional solid catalyst which, in addition to the hydrogenation reaction, also removes undesired colour and odour compounds from the reaction mixture. This catalyst should produce high purity isostearic acid and should furthermore remain stable for extended amounts of time. To study the hydrogenation process a combination of in-situ characterization methods will be installed in the reactor, such as ATR-IR, Raman and UV-VIS spectroscopy. These techniques will then be complemented with off-line methods, such as GC-MS and NMR spectroscopy.
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