• 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 1966 2019

A quantum-chemical study of CO dissociation mechanism on low-index Miller planes of ϴ-Fe3C

Broos, R., Klumpers, B., Zijlstra, B., Filot, I. & Hensen, E., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Catalysis Today.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Carbon Monoxide
Chemical activation
Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

A quantum chemical study of environmental catalysis at the metal-ceria interface

Su, Y., 16 Jan 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 180 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
Catalytic converters
Cerium compounds
Precious metals

A site-sensitive quasi-in situ strategy to characterize Mo/HZSM-5 during activation

Vollmer, I., Kosinov, N., Szécsényi, Á., Li, G., Yarulina, I., Abou-Hamad, E., Gurinov, A., Ould-Chikh, S., Aguilar-Tapia, A., Hazemann, J. L., Pidko, E., Hensen, E., Kapteijn, F. & Gascon, J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Catalysis. 370, p. 321-331 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Carbon Monoxide
Chemical activation


Academy Professor: Rutger van Santen

Rutger van Santen (Recipient), 2004

Recognition: KNAWAcademy professorScientific

Research Personnel

Alwin Mittasch Medal Dechema

Rutger van Santen (Recipient), 2001

Recognition: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

Arch T. Colwell merit Award

Rutger van Santen (Recipient), 1992

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

Activities 1996 2017

  • 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

New method enables large-scale production of bio-based plastic bottles

Emiel Hensen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Fuelling our Future

Emiel 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


Assessment of occupant productivity as a result of indoor climate quality for in-use office buildings: a field study research on the effects of indoor climate parameters

Author: Thoen, H., 27 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Hensen, E. (Supervisor 1), Loomans, M. (Supervisor 2), Hoes, P. (Supervisor 2), Mishra, A. (Supervisor 2) & Roelofsen, C. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master