The metallurgical industry is one of the largest CO2 emitting industries. In order to reduce the CO2 footprint of the steel production process Tata Steel developed HIsarna: a process which reduces the CO2 emission by 20%. The Works Arising Gases (WAGs) of the HIsarna process have a rich CO2 concentration and the temperature is very high (~1500°C)1. The CO2 production of this process can be reduced by valorizing these waste streams.
The goal of this project is to investigate two solid catalysts for a two-staged thermochemical CO2 hydrogenation reaction: CO2 will be converted into methane and subsequently into aromatics. An autothermal reactor will be designed to take advantage of the high-temperature HIsarna off-gas to drive the strongly endothermic methane dehydroaromatization reaction (CH4 to aromatics).
This project is co-funded by Tata Steel and M2i
 Keys, A., van Hout, M., Daniëls, B., Decarbonisation options for the Dutch Steel Industry, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency & ECN part of TNO, The Hague (2019)
2021 – present
PhD candidate at the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group, Utrecht University
Project: Two-step thermochemical CO2 hydrogenation toward aromatics, supervised by dr. W. van der Stam and prof. dr. ir. B.M. Weckhuysen
2018 – 2020
Master Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Masterthesis at the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group: ‘Support and Promoter Effects for the CO2 Hydrogenation Reaction over Cobalt-based Catalysts’, supervised by I.C. ten Have and prof. dr. ir. B.M. Weckhuysen
Master internship in science communication at the Centre for Science and Culture of Utrecht University: ‘Operatie Breinbreker: een kijkje achter de schermen bij de Universiteit Utrecht’, supervised by M.M. Thoen and prof. dr. E.T.C. Vogt
2014 – 2018
Bachelor Chemistry, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Bachelorthesis at the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group: ‘Exploring Ni- and Pt-Catalyzed Acetylene Hydrogenation using in situ Vibrational Spectroscopy: A Comparative SHINERS and DRIFTS Study’, supervised by C.S. Wondergem and prof. dr. ir. B.M. Weckhuysen
2008 – 2014
Secondary school education, Cals College, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands