Nicolette Maaskant

PhD Candidate
Employed since: October 2021
Room: Vening Meineszgebouw-C room 2.08



Currently, improvement of catalytic efficiency depends mostly on catalytic design, with the maximum efficiency determined by the static Sabatier limit. By using external stimuli (e.g. light or mechanical stress) in a resonant fashion (i.e. turning the stimulus on and off at rates similar to the turn-over-frequency) the catalyst becomes dynamic. The alternating states of the catalysts are favourable for different reaction steps. Consequently, the overall reaction rate can be improved and potentially push catalytic efficiency beyond the static Sabatier limit. The aim of my project is to investigate and exploit dynamic catalysis to improve catalytic performance. I will use the Sabatier reaction (conversion of CO2 to methane) as a model reaction, testing a variety of catalytic materials under the influence of resonant external stimuli.



2021 – Present
PhD student in the group of Prof. Dr. Ir. B.M. Weckhuysen, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University.
Topic: Overcoming the static Sabatier limit by using external stimuli to create catalytic resonance.

2019 – 2021
Master’s degree in Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University

Master thesis at the Condensed Matter and Interfaces group, “Insight into the Formation Mechanism of CdSe Nanoplatelets via in situ Absorption and SAXS Measurements Under Realistic Synthesis Conditions”, supervised by J. C. van der Bok, MSc. and prof. dr. A. Meijerink.

Internship at the Optical Materials and Engineering Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland,
“Nanostructuring of Hexagonal Boron Nitride: Capabilities & Limitations of Patterning with Thermal Scanning-Probe Lithography”, supervised by N. Lassaline, MSc. and prof. dr. D. J. Norris.

2015 – 2019
Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Utrecht University

Bachelor thesis at the Condensed Matter and Interfaces group, “From Nanoplatelet to Nanoring: Reproducibility and Optical Properties of Colloidal semiconductor CdSe Nanorings”, under supervision of B. B. V. Salzmann, MSc. and prof. dr. D. A. M. Vanmaekelbergh.


Other publications

See earlier publications on Scopus.