• Het Kranenveld 14, Helix, STW 3.33

    5612 AZ Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Establishing fundamental insight into structure-performance relations for heterogeneous catalysts relevant to a sustainable economy

Highlighted phrase

Resolving catalyst operation at the molecular scale

Organisational profile

The Inorganic Materials & Catalysis (IMC) group investigates heterogeneous catalysts that are pivotal to clean and sustainable chemical conversion processes for the production of fuels and chemicals. Heterogeneous catalysis significantly shapes society, as it plays a crucial role in the production of base chemicals, fuels for mobility and the synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. At IMC, we investigate the atomic scale relation between the active site and its immediate surrounding and catalytic performance. The group addresses this challenge by combining detailed characterization of nanoscopically organized and well-defined chemically functionalized catalytic solid materials under realistic conditions with advanced kinetic testing supported by multiscale theoretical modeling concepts. The catalytic systems selected deal mostly with current needs to develop a sustainable economy. The scientific challenge is to analyze catalyst synthesis and performance on relevant scales of the underlying processes. The catalysts of choice are usually complex and in recent years computational tools have been developed to model the respective relevant processes not only in space but also in time. It implies a significant focus on the detection and simulation of the state of the catalyst at reaction conditions.

The main research directions within the IMC group are captured in the subprogrammes: (i) Catalysis for C1 Chemistry, (ii) Catalysis for Renewable Energy Storage and (iii) Catalysis for Bio-Renewables.

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    Research Output

    A quantum-chemical study of the CO dissociation mechanism on low-index Miller planes of ϴ-Fe 3 C

    Broos, R. J. P., Klumpers, B., Zijlstra, B., Filot, I. A. W. & Hensen, E. J. M., 15 Feb 2020, In : Catalysis Today. 342, p. 152-160 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    14 Downloads (Pure)

    Aromatization of ethylene over zeolite-based catalysts

    Uslamin, E. A., Saito, H., Kosinov, N. A., Pidko, E. A., Sekine, Y. & Hensen, E. J. M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Catalysis Science & Technology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Assessment of the location of Pt nanoparticles in Pt/zeolite Y/γ‑Al2O3 composite catalysts

    Oenema, J., Hofmann, J. P., Hensen, E., Zecevic, J. & de Jong, K. P., 18 Jan 2020, In : ChemCatChem. 12, 2, p. 615-622 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)


    Academy Professor: Rutger van Santen

    R.A. van Santen (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: KNAWAcademy professorScientific

  • Alwin Mittasch Medal Dechema

    R.A. van Santen (Recipient), 2001

    Prize: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

    Arch T. Colwell merit Award

    R.A. van Santen (Recipient), 1992

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific


    • 24 Contributed talk
    • 15 Editorial activity
    • 3 Poster presentation

    On the adsorption behaviour and kinetics of a hydrotalcite-based adsorbent for sorption-enhanced water-gas-shift

    Kai T. Coenen (Speaker), F. Gallucci (Member), E.J.M. Hensen (Member), M. van Sint Annaland (Member)
    1 Oct 20175 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Applied Surface Science (Journal)

    Hans Niemantsverdriet (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Catalysis Today (Journal)

    Rutger van Santen (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Press / Media

    Research in labs has carefully restarted

    Emiel J.M. Hensen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Limited reopening of labs as of May 6

    Emiel J.M. Hensen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Student theses

    Acid-assisted catalytic fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass

    Author: Hendriks, B., 25 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Hensen, E. (Supervisor 1) & Huang, X. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Ag/Al2/O3 ethylene epoxidation catalysts: tracking the active phase evolution

    Author: van de Poll, R., 19 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: van Hoof, A. (Supervisor 1), Hensen, E. (Supervisor 2), Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2) & Kosinov, N. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Aromatization of furan on zeolites: the effect of zeolite acidity and morphology on the aromatization of furan with co-feeding of methanol

    Author: Schulpen, E., 29 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: Uslamin, E. (Supervisor 1), Hensen, E. (Supervisor 2) & Pidko, E. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master