Studying single catalytic conversion events using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
Heterogeneities in activity among or even within catalytic particles are common, but poorly understood. To eliminate variations in activity and thus optimize the catalyst activity, tools are necessary to characterize individual catalytic reaction events with high spatial and time resolution. It has until now not been possible to visualize each step in the catalytic process. The goal of this project is to do exactly this. Using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, catalytic reactions will be followed on the level of individual events: the diffusion of the reactant molecule, adsorption on the catalyst, reaction, desorption of the product, and diffusion out.
November 2016 – Present:
PhD candidate in the Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis and Soft Condensed Matter research groups, Utrecht University. Daily supervisor: Freddy T. Rabouw. Promotors: Alfons van Blaaderen and Bert M. Weckhuysen.
2014 – 2016:
Master ‘Nanomaterials: Chemistry & Physics’, Utrecht University. (MSc). Cum laude.
Internship at research group of prof. Daniel Gamelin, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A. On “Cu2-xS localized surface plasmon resonance decay” and “Inverted bonding in luminescent Ag+:CdSe colloidal nanocrystals”.
2014 – 2016:
Master thesis: “Cation exchange in Cu2-xS nanocrystals”, work performed at Condensed Matter & Interfaces group, Utrecht University
2010 – 2014:
Bachelor Chemistry, Utrecht University. (BSc)
2011 – 2014:
Bachelor honours programme Faculty of Science, Utrecht University
Bachelor thesis: “Development of a catalyst for the conversion of ethanol into 1,3-butadiene”, work performed at Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis group, Utrecht University.
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