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"Research where it is difficult to formulate the right question has always intrigued me, as was the case with catalysis 40 years ago. The major challenge today is the integration with longer length and time scales."

Research profile

Rutger van Santen is emeritus professor of Catalysis at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests concern molecular aspects of heterogeneous catalysis with the following three main themes: computational studies of surface-chemical reactivity; mechanisms in heterogeneous catalysis; and physical chemistry of catalyst synthesis. As a member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems at TU/e, Rutger Van Santen is active in the focus area 'Grip on Complexity'. Topics of research concern self-organization of complex catalytic reactions and related physical systems.

Academic background

Rutger van Santen received his PhD from Leiden University (The Netherlands) in 1971 in the field of theoretical chemistry. After being a postdoctoral fellow at SRI (Menlo Park, CA, USA), he joined Koninklijke/Shell company, where he was active in catalysis research and development. In 1986, he was appointed part-time Professor in Surface Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands) and in 1988 he became Full Professor in Catalysis at TU/e. He became emeritus professor in 2010, after which he joined the Institute of Complex Molecular studies as an honorary professor.

From 1990 until 2001, Rutger van Santen was scientific director of the Schuit Institute of Catalysis in Eindhoven and from 1992 until 2000 he was the first scientific director of the Netherlands Graduate School of Catalysis Research NIOK. From 2001 until 2005, he was Rector Magnificus of the TU/e. In 2005 he became director of the Schuit Institute of Catalysis and scientific director of the National Research School Combination Catalysis Controlled by Chemical Design (NRSC-C).

Rutger van Santen is recipient of many awards, among which the gold medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (1981), the F.G. Ciapetta lectureship award of the North American Catalysis Society (1992), the Bourke lectureship of the Royal Society of Chemistry (1996), the NWO Spinoza award (1997) and the Alwin Mittasch Medal Dechema (2004). In 2009, he was awarded the Holst Memorial Lecture Award (of Philips Research and TU/e).

He received an honorary doctorate from University of Kiev in 1998 and was Karl-Ziegler-honorary Professor at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung Mülheim in 2001. In 2002, he was elected member of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), which installed him as as Academy Professor at TU/e in 2006. In 2008, he was elected Foreign Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering.

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Research Output 1971 2019

Complexity science: an introduction

Peletier, M. A., van Santen, R. A. & Steur, E., 20 Mar 2019, World Scientific. 409 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

Chemistry
Biology
Epidemiology
Social Sciences
Self-organization

Disguises of complexity

van Santen, R. A., 20 Mar 2019, Complexity science: an introduction. Peletier, M. A., van Santen, R. A. & Steur, E. (eds.). Singapore: World Scientific, p. 31-80 50 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Social Sciences
Biology
Physics
Vary
Concepts

Modelling of collective motion

Fitzgerald, B. W., van Santen, R. A. & Padding, J. T., 20 Mar 2019, Complexity science: an introduction. Peletier, M. A., van Santen, R. A. & Steur, E. (eds.). Singapore: World Scientific, p. 305-328 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Collective Motion
Modeling
Flocking
Collective Behavior
Fish

Multiscale reaction kinetics in different flow regimes

Sengar, A., 18 Apr 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 198 p.

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

Open Access
File
Reaction kinetics
Gasoline

Particle-based modelling of flows through obstacles

Cirillo, E. N. M., Muntean, A. & van Santen, R. A., 20 Mar 2019, Complexity science: an introduction. Peletier, M. A., van Santen, R. A. & Steur, E. (eds.). Singapore: World Scientific, p. 393-409 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Modeling
Accelerate
Residence Time
Monotonic
Strip

Prizes

François Gault Lecturer 2009-2011

Rutger van Santen (Recipient), 29 Sep 2009

Recognition: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

Alwin Mittasch Medal Dechema

Rutger van Santen (Recipient), 2001

Recognition: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

Spinoza award

Rutger van Santen (Recipient), 1997

Recognition: NWOSpinozaScientific

F.G. Chiapetta lectureship award

Rutger van Santen (Recipient), 1992

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

Golden Medal Royal Dutch Chemical Society 1981

Rutger van Santen (Recipient), 1981

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 1997 1999

  • 11 Editorial activity
  • 11 Contributed talk

Catalysis Today (Journal)

Rutger van Santen (Editorial board member)
1999

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

1998 Gordon Conference on Green Chemistry, August 16, 1998, Meriden, NH, USA

Rutger van Santen (Speaker)
16 Aug 1998

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

GrD meeting hydrotreating, Eindhoven

Rutger van Santen (Speaker)
16 Jun 1998

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

invited speaker, Gent

Rutger van Santen (Speaker)
12 Jun 1998

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

2nd International Symposium on Interaction of Industrial & Fundamental Research in Catalysis, Beer Sheva, Israel

Rutger van Santen (Speaker)
26 May 1998

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Student theses

Adsorption assisted desorption of NH3 on gamma-Al2O3 studied with positron emission profiling

Author: Hesen, J., 31 Aug 2001

Supervisor: van Santen, R. (Supervisor 1) & Sobczyk, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Adsorption theory of ammonia on copper and the effect of oxygen coadsorption

Author: van de Kerkhof, G., 30 Jun 1992

Supervisor: van Santen, R. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Alkylation of benzene with short olefins over MCM-22 zeolite : catalytic behaviour and kinetic study

Author: Schoneveld, E., 30 Apr 1999

Supervisor: van Santen, R. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

A Monte-Carlo model of NO on Rh(111) under ultra-high vacuum conditions

Author: Hermse, C., 31 Aug 2000

Supervisor: van Santen, R. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master