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1994 …2020
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Gerard van Rooij is a Full Professor and Chair of Sustainable Plasma Chemistry in the Department of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is an expert in low temperature plasma physics and chemistry.

Gerard’s research interests are in the area of low temperature plasma physics and chemistry. His research for DIFFER is mainly focused on releasing an oxygen atom from CO2 using plasma. The resulting carbon monoxide can serve as the basis for a liquid fuel. In an indirect sense, it is possible to make solar fuel as long as the electricity with which the plasma is created has been generated with sunlight. 

Since 2012, he has been leading fundamental solar fuels research on CO2 activation by plasmolysis as a first step in the synthesis of hydrocarbon fuels from H2O, CO2 and sustainable energy as feedstock. This innovative plasma chemistry route has the potential to become a feasible and scalable alternative to state-of-the-art electrolysis for energy storage in chemical bonds by generation of CO2-neutral fuels.”

Academic background

Gerard van Rooij holds an MSc in Physics from TU/e with a specialisation in Plasma Physics abd a PhD in Physics from the University of Amsterdam (thesis on macromolecular mass spectrometry). He acts as visiting professor at the Key Laboratory for Super Conductivity and New Energy Research in Chengdu, China

Gerard is Senior Scientist and researcher at DIFFER (Dutch institute for Fundamental Energy Research) and head of the Nonequilibrium Fuel Conversion group. Gerard has pioneered the scientific basis of the unique devices for plasma surface interaction studies within DIFFER and participated in the research programmes of the major international facilities for fusion research to study the role of plasma chemistry therein.

His research interest started when he was responsible for constructing the scientific (plasma physics) basis for the linear plasma devices in our institute (Magnum-PSI and Pilot-PSI) and studying hydrocarbon chemistry in JET at the time that JET's walls were still composed of carbon. Gerard is still involved in the JET experimental campaigns and study the erosion of tungsten in its divertor. He is a regular contributor to conference proceedings and leading journals.

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Research Output 1994 2020

Power pulsing to maximize vibrational excitation efficiency in N2 microwave plasma: a combined experimental and computational study

van Alphen, S., Vermeiren, V., Butterworth, T., van den Bekerom, D. C. M., van Rooij, G. J. & Bogaerts, A., 23 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 124, 3, p. 1765-1779 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

nonequilibrium plasmas
14 Citations (Scopus)
44 Downloads (Pure)

Overview of the JET preparation for deuterium-tritium operation with the ITER like-wall

JET Contributors, Joffrin, E., Donné, T. & van Rooij, G. J., 30 Aug 2019, In : Nuclear Fusion. 59, 11, 25 p., 112021.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)
181 Downloads (Pure)

Plasma assisted catalytic conversion of CO2 and H2O Over Ni/Al2O3 in a DBD Reactor

Ma, X., Li, S., Ronda-Lloret, M., Chaudhary, R., Lin, L., van Rooij, G., Gallucci, F., Rothenberg, G., Raveendran Shiju, N. & Hessel, V., 15 Jan 2019, In : Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing. 39, 1, p. 109-124 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
synthesis gas
4 Citations (Scopus)
21 Downloads (Pure)

Plasma catalysis: distinguishing between thermal and chemical effects

Giammaria, G., van Rooij, G. & Lefferts, L., 1 Feb 2019, In : Catalysts. 9, 2, 25 p., 185.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
chemical effects
temperature effects
Carbon Monoxide

Quantifying methane vibrational and rotational temperature with Raman scattering

Butterworth, T. D., Amyay, B., van den Bekerom, D., van de Steeg, A., Minea, T., Gatti, N., Ong, Q., Richard, C., van Kruijsdijk, C., Smits, J. T., van Bavel, A. P., Boudon, V. & van Rooij, G. J., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer. 236, 14 p., 106562.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Raman scattering
Raman spectra

Press / Media

Offshore Energy 2019: It’s a wrap!

Gerard J. van Rooij & David M.J. Smeulders


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Doppler shifted Balmer alpha spectroscopy on JET neutral beams

Author: van Rooij, G., 28 Feb 1994

Supervisor: Schram, D. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Interaction between plasma and neutrals near the divertor : the effect of particle and energy reflection

Author: Minea, T., 30 Sep 2013

Supervisor: van Rooij, G. (Supervisor 1), Jaspers, R. (Supervisor 2), Goedheer, W. (External person) (Supervisor 2) & den Harder, N. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Investigation into the magnetic reconnection influence on ion temperature in ST40 using Doppler spectroscopy

Author: van Ruremonde, T., 2019

Supervisor: Jaspers, R. J. (Supervisor 1), van Rooij, G. J. (Supervisor 2) & Shevchenko, V. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master