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"Realizing the clean energy transition requires the development of advanced and competitive catalytic technology, to increase the share of renewable energy in the production of fuels and chemicals."

Research profile

The research of Emiel Hensen focuses on the fundamental aspects of catalyzed reactions relevant to clean and sustainable processes for the production of fuels and chemicals. The aim hereby is to identify active sites and understand reaction mechanisms. The working approach is to combine

  • advanced operando characterization methods - X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy applied to well-defined catalyst model systems;
  • theoretical modeling (density functional theory, microkinetics); and
  • performance testing (kinetics, high-throughput methods, transient techniques),

to guide the design and synthesis of nanoscopically organized and well-defined chemically functionalized catalytic solid materials. The materials explored include primarily highly structured porous materials containing reactive centers such as protons, metal ions and metal, metal oxide and metal sulfides clusters.

Applications are directed towards the improvement of current industrial chemical processes and novel processes based on renewable feedstock such as biomass. Catalytic target reactions are methane activation, the Fischer-Tropsch reaction, conversion of biogenic molecules such as sugars and lignin, and metal-support cooperativity in selective oxidation. In these areas of research Hensen has made many innovative, internationally recognized scientific contributions. Hensen has pioneered the fields of Lewis-acid catalysed conversion of sugars, catalytic upgrading of lignin, synthesis of hierarchical zeolites, and microkinetics simulations of heterogeneous reactions.

Academic background

Emiel Hensen received his master degree in chemical engineering and chemistry from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 1994. In 2000 he obtained his PhD from the same university in the field of molecular heterogeneous catalysis under the supervision of professors Rutger van Santen and Rob van Veen. He then took up an assistant professor position with Prof. Berend Smit at University of Amsterdam. In 2001 he returned to TU/e as an assistant professor and in 2008 he was promoted to associate professor. From 2006-2008 he was a visiting research scientist at the Shell Research and Technology Center Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Since July 2009 Hensen is full professor of inorganic materials chemistry at TU/e. He was a visiting professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) from 2001 until 2016 and a visiting professor at Hokkaido University (Japan) in 2016. Hensen was appointed dean of the TU/e department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry in 2016. He is member of the Dutch Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium and chairman of the Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research (NIOK).

Affiliated with

  • Netherlands Research School for Catalysis (NIOK, chairman)
  • European Research Institute of Catalysis (ERIC, board member)
  • Gravitation program Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversoin (MCEC, MT member)

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Research Output 1996 2019

147 Citations

Highly efficient and robust Au/MgCuCr2O4 catalyst for gas-phase oxidation of ethanol to acetaldehyde

Liu, P. & Hensen, E. J. M., 2013, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 135, 38, p. 14032-14035 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Acetaldehyde
Ethanol
Gases
Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Oxidation
27 Citations

Selective coke combustion by oxygen pulsing during Mo/ZSM‐5‐catalyzed methane dehydroaromatization

Kosinov, N., Coumans, F. J. A. G., Uslamin, E. A., Kapteijn, F. & Hensen, E. J. M., 2016, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 55, 48, p. 15086-15090 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Methane
Coke
Oxygen
Liquid methane
Molybdenum oxide
6 Citations

Establishing hierarchy: the chain of events leading to the formation of Silicalite-1 nanosheets

Zhu, X., Goesten, M. G., Koekkoek, A. J. J., Mezari, B., Kosinov, N., Filonenko, G., Friedrich, H., Rohling, R., Szyja, B. M., Gascon, J., Kapteijn, F. & Hensen, E. J. M., 2016, In : Chemical Science. 7, 10, p. 6506-6513 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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

Su, Y., 16 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 180 p.

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

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CO oxidation by Pd supported on CeO2(100) and CeO2(111) facets

Spezzati, G., Benavidez, A. D., DeLaRiva, A. T., Su, Y., Hofmann, J. P., Asahina, S., Olivier, E. J., Neethling, J. H., Miller, J. T., Datye, A. K. & Hensen, E. J. M., Apr 2019, In : Applied Catalysis. B, Environmental. 243, p. 36-46 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Carbon Monoxide
oxidation
Oxidation
Cerium compounds
Density functional theory

Prizes

NWO Vici Award : Optimal nanoparticles for sustainable catalysis

Emiel Hensen (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: NWOViciScientific

Metal nanoparticles
Catalysis
Hydrogen
Oxygen
Nanoparticles

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Contributed talk

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

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

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkScientific

Courses

DBL Molecules and materials

1/09/13 → …

Course

Graduation Project CPT

1/09/15 → …

Course

Press / Media

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

Emiel Hensen

2/12/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Fuelling our Future

Emiel Hensen

13/11/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Drie chemische startups in de race voor de Gouden KIEM

Emiel Hensen

13/11/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Storing Solar Energy in Chemical Bonds energiekaart

Emiel Hensen

6/11/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Pure katalysator maakt coal-to-liquids schoner

Emiel Hensen

26/10/18

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

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A new perspective on HDS: using scanning electron microscopy as a tool in research on HydroDeSulphurization catalysis

Author: Oudenhoven, J., 30 Nov 2005

Supervisor: Hensen, E. (Supervisor 1) & Niemantsverdriet, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A quantummechanical analysis of the carbide Fischer-Tropsch mechanism on Rh(211)

Author: van Heugten, G., 31 Aug 2013

Supervisor: Filot, I. (Supervisor 1), Hensen, E. (Supervisor 2), Peters, E. (Supervisor 2) & Ligthart, D. (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

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