• 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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Zeolites Chemical Compounds
Catalysts Chemical Compounds
Carbon Monoxide Chemical Compounds
catalysts Physics & Astronomy
Hydrogenation Chemical Compounds
Oxidation Chemical Compounds
Metals Chemical Compounds
Nanoparticles Chemical Compounds

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Photo of H.C.L. (Erik) Abbenhuis

H.C.L. (Erik) Abbenhuis

Person: OBP : Supportive and management staff, OWP : University Teacher / Researcher


Research Output 1966 2020

Microkinetic modeling of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis on cobalt

Zijlstra, B., 15 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

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

5 Downloads (Pure)

Activation of co–mo–S hydrodesulfurization catalysts under refinery conditions: a combined SAXS/XAS study

van Haandel, L., Longo, A., Bras, W., Hensen, E. J. M. & Weber, T., 18 Oct 2019, In : ChemCatChem. 11, 20, p. 5013-5017 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Chemical activation

Advances and challenges in understanding the electrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels

Birdja, Y. Y., Pérez-Gallent, E., Figueiredo, M. C., Göttle, A. J., Calle-Vallejo, F. & Koper, M. T. M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Nature Energy. 4, 9, p. 732-745 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide
Chemical activation
pH effects
Catalyst selectivity


Academy Professor: Rutger van Santen

R.A. van Santen (Recipient), 2004

Prize: KNAWAcademy professorScientific

Research Personnel

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

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

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