Rolf Beerthuis

PhD Candidate
Employed since: May 2015
Phone: +31 6 22736385
Room: 4th floor open area



Hydrogenation of intermediate light oxygenates: Understanding promoter effects.

Hydrogenation of light oxygenates is an important potential step in the direct conversion of syngas to C2+ oxygenates. Copper-based supported catalysts are known species for the selective hydrogenation of esters and aldehyde, towards alcohols. However, the addition of promoters is crucial. This research project is funded by BP, to investigate promoters effects, combined with the use of novel supports.



2015 – present
PhD student in the group of prof. dr. P. E. de Jongh, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

2014 – 2015
Research project, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Fudan University, Shanghai, P. R. China.

“The effect of ZSM-5 nano-crystal size and morphology on catalyst stability in glycerol dehydration to acrolein”.

2011 – 2014
MSc Chemistry: Molecular Design, Synthesis and Catalysis (138 ECTS) Cum Laude.
University of Amsterdam & VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Research projects:
“Solid Acid Catalyzed Acetoxylation of Lactic Acid to 2-Acetoxypropionic Acid, a Pyrolysis Precursor for Acrylic Acid”
“CO and CNR (R= alkyl, aryl): a Comparative DFT-based Study Employing Kohn-Sham MO Theory on Metal Ligand Bonding”
“Catalytic Routes towards Acrylic Acid, Adipic Acid and ε-Caprolactam starting from Biorenewables”.

2011 – 2013
Tutor for academic skills and mentoring of first year bachelor students at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2008 – 2011
BSc Chemistry (180 ECTS). University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Thesis:
“Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Cofactor-Controlled Enantioselective Catalysts”.

Born on February 5th in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands.