• Het Kranenveld 14, Helix, STW 3.33

    5612 AZ Eindhoven



Introductie / missie

Establishing fundamental insight into structure-performance relations for heterogeneous catalysts relevant to a sustainable economy

Highlighted phrase

Resolving catalyst operation at the molecular scale

Over de organisatie

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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Onderzoeksoutput 1966 2020

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

van Haandel, L., Longo, A., Bras, W., Hensen, E. & Weber, T., 2019, (Geaccepteerd/In druk) In : ChemCatChem.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

A facile direct route to N-(un)substituted lactams by cycloamination of oxocarboxylic acids without external hydrogen

Li, H., Wu, H., Zhang, H., Su, Y., Song, Y. & Hensen, E., 2019, In : ChemSusChem. 12, 16, blz. 3778-3784 8 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
formic acid

A method for obtaining a stable lignin: polar organic solvent composition via mild solvolytic modifications

Kouris, P., Hensen, E., Boot, M. & Oevering, H., 21 mrt 2019, Patent No. WO2019053287, Priority date 18 sep 2017

Onderzoeksoutput: OctrooiOctrooi-publicatieProfessioneel

Open Access
Organic solvents
Chemical analysis
Patents and inventions



Academy Professor: Rutger van Santen

Rutger van Santen (Ontvanger), 2004

Prijs: KNAWAcademy professorWetenschappelijk

Research Personnel

Alwin Mittasch Medal Dechema

Rutger van Santen (Ontvanger), 2001

Prijs: AndersHonorary degreesWetenschappelijk

Arch T. Colwell merit Award

Rutger van Santen (Ontvanger), 1992

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdWetenschappelijk

Activiteiten 1996 2017

  • 24 Aangemelde presentatie
  • 15 Redactioneel werk
  • 3 Poster presentatie

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

Kai T. Coenen (Spreker), F. Gallucci (Deelnemer), E.J.M. Hensen (Deelnemer), M. van Sint Annaland (Deelnemer)
1 okt 20175 okt 2017

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesAangemelde presentatieWetenschappelijk

Applied Surface Science (Tijdschrift)

Hans Niemantsverdriet (Lid redactieraad)

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

Catalysis Today (Tijdschrift)

Rutger van Santen (Lid redactieraad)

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk


CursorOnTour@CE&C | "Chemical Engineering is in excellent shape"

Emiel Hensen


1 item van media-aandacht

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar

Catalyst advance removes pollutants at low temperatures

Emiel Hensen


2 mediabijdrages

Pers / media: PR activiteiten

Plan S lijkt in Helix maar weinig vrienden te hebben

Emiel Hensen


1 mediabijdrage

Pers / media: Vakinhoudelijk commentaar


Acid-assisted catalytic fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass

Auteur: Hendriks, B., 25 okt 2017

Begeleider: Hensen, E. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Huang, X. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Ag/Al2/O3 ethylene epoxidation catalysts: tracking the active phase evolution

Auteur: van de Poll, R., 19 nov 2018

Begeleider: van Hoof, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Hensen, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Friedrich, H. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Kosinov, N. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Aromatization of furan on zeolites: the effect of zeolite acidity and morphology on the aromatization of furan with co-feeding of methanol

Auteur: Schulpen, E., 29 aug 2018

Begeleider: Uslamin, E. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Hensen, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Pidko, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master