Mark Mangnus

PhD Candidate
Employed since: January 2019
Room: Ornstein Laboratory 0.18



Most common catalyst particles are host to a complex network of pores and a substantial fraction of their actives sites may be embedded deep within. It is not always straightforward how reactant and product species diffuse in and out of the particle. In order to rationally design more efficient catalyst structures in the future, it is crucial to get a better understanding of molecular transport in such porous systems.

The goal of this project is to develop a method to track the formation and diffusion of chemical species using luminescent nanocrystals that change color when in contact with the species of interest.




January 2019 – Present
PhD Candidate in the Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis and Soft Condensed Matter groups, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Supervisors: dr. Freddy Rabouw, prof. Bert Weckhuysen and prof. Alfons van Blaaderen

February 2018 – August 2018
Research intern in the Optics Materials Engineering Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Supervisor: prof. David Norris

June 2016 – Aug 2016
Research intern, Philips Lighting, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

September 2013 – August 2018
M.Sc. in Chemistry (Nanomaterials Science), cum laude. Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Bachelor thesis titled “Towards Sensitized Downconversion”, supervised by prof. Andries Meijerink

Master thesis titled “Mapping the Conductance of Electronically Decoupled Graphene Nanoribbons”, supervised by dr. Ingmar Swart.


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