Metal (Oxide) – Acid Catalysts for Hydrocarbon Conversion
Bifunctional catalysts play a significant role in modern petroleum refining . In these catalysts a metal (oxide) function and a solid acid site are combined for the conversion of carbonaceous feedstocks into clean diesel and jet fuel. Ideally, renewable feedstocks, such as Fischer-Tropsch wax  or algae based hydrocarbons , are used to produce these fuels.
Previously, it has been shown for Pt/alumina/zeolite-Y catalysts that the distance between the active sites plays a key role in catalyst selectivity . In this project we aim to extend the understanding of selective conversion of n-alkanes by these bifunctional catalysts using alternative solid acid functions and (non-noble) metal (oxide) particles. The focus of our research will be on the conversion of heavier n-alkane feedstocks. This project is conducted in close collaboration with BP.
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PhD Candidate in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group, Utrecht University.
Project under supervision of prof. dr. ir. Krijn de Jong, prof. dr. Petra de Jongh and dr. Jovana Zečević.
Research Intern in the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Project on the improvement of Rhodium-Bistropamine Complexes for their application in Organometallic Fuel Cells, under supervision of prof. dr. Hansjörg Grützmacher and Esther Tschanen-Hammann, MSc.
Master Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University
Thesis in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group under supervision of prof. dr. Pieter Bruijnincx and Carolien Vis, MSc about Tandem Catalytic Conversion in Pickering Emulsions.
Bachelor Chemistry, Utrecht University
Thesis in the Condensed Matter and Interfaces group under supervision of prof. dr. Andries Meijerink and Elleke van Harten, MSc about “Measuring Leaching of Cadmium(II) Ions from CdSe based Quantum Dots.”
Secondary school education, Dr.-Knippenbergcollege, Helmond, The Netherlands
Born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
See earlier publications on Scopus.