Ward van der Stam

Employed since: March 2019
Phone: +31622736090
Email: w.vanderstam@uu.nl
Room: 4.88



The electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 into hydrocarbon fuels, like methane or ethylene, is regarded as one of the best methods to address one of the main current environmental issues: reducing the CO2 footprint. Our research focuses on the synthesis of colloidal metal nanoparticles with various sizes and shapes (e.g. nanorods or nanoplatelets) in order to design the ultimate electrocatalyst, and test them in the CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR). Our main interest lies in unravelling where the reaction takes place by performing in-situ diffraction and spectroscopy measurements, ideally under true reaction conditions. Colloidal nanomaterials are ideally suited for this purpose, since they can be prepared with atomic precision in solution, which not only allows us to deposit them on various electrodes, but also characterize the size, shape and faceting during the reaction. This will give valuable insights into the exact reaction mechanism of CO2RR and the (de)activation of the electrocatalyst nanoparticles, which will allow us to rationally design the ultimate electrocatalyst.



Postdoctoral Researcher (March 2019 – present), Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Research topics: Electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 with colloidal metal nanoparticles, under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. Bert M. Weckhuysen


Postdoctoral Researcher (October 2016 – February 2019), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Research topics: Electrochemical doping of semiconductor nanocrystals, (spectro)electrochemistry, ultrafast

spectroscopy, in-situ EXAFS, synthesis of colloidal perovskite nanoplatelets, streak camera measurements, charge transfer and excited state dynamics, transient absorption spectroscopy, under the supervision of dr. Arjan Houtepen and dr. Ferdinand Grozema


PhD student (October 2012 – September 2016), Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Thesis entitled: Tailoring on the nanoscale: control over size, shape, composition and self-assembly of copper chalcogenide nanocrystals

Research topics: Nanocrystal synthesis, cation exchange, self-assembled superstructures, optical spectroscopy, in-situ X-ray scattering, Electron Microscopy, under the supervision of dr. Celso de Mello Donegá and prof. dr. Andries Meijerink


MSc Chemistry & Physics (September 2010 – October 2012), Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Thesis entitled: Colloidal Nanostructures for Application in Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells, under the supervision of dr. Celso de Mello Donegá


MSc Internship(March 2012 – September 2012), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy

Internship report entitled: Control over different colloidal nanocrystal syntheses; size, shape and properties, under the supervision of prof. dr. Liberato Manna


BSc Chemistry (September 2007 – September 2010), Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Thesis entitled: Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells, under the supervision of dr. Esther Groeneveld and dr. Celso de Mello Donegá


Born in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands 1989