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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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Acids Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
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Onderzoeksoutput 1996 2020

196 Citaties (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

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, blz. 14032-14035 4 blz.

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Photoelectron Spectroscopy
42 Citaties (Scopus)
101 Downloads (Pure)

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, blz. 15086-15090 5 blz.

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Liquid methane
Molybdenum oxide
12 Citaties (Scopus)
80 Downloads (Pure)

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, blz. 6506-6513 8 blz.

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1 Citaat (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

A quantum-chemical study of the CO dissociation mechanism on low-index Miller planes of ϴ-Fe 3 C

Broos, R. J. P., Klumpers, B., Zijlstra, B., Filot, I. A. W. & Hensen, E. J. M., 15 feb 2020, In : Catalysis Today. 342, blz. 152-160 9 blz.

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Open Access
Carbon Monoxide
Chemical activation
Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

Aromatization of ethylene over zeolite-based catalysts

Uslamin, E. A., Saito, H., Kosinov, N. A., Pidko, E. A., Sekine, Y. & Hensen, E. J. M., 2020, (Geaccepteerd/In druk) In : Catalysis Science & Technology.

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Open Access
Aromatic compounds


NWO Vici Award

Emiel Hensen (Ontvanger), 2013

Prijs: NWOViciWetenschappelijk

Metal nanoparticles

Activiteiten 2017 2017

  • 1 Aangemelde 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


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OGO Moleculen en materialen

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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


A kinetic study of periodic trends and promotional behaviour in hydrotreating catalysis

Auteur: Hensen, E., 31 dec 1994

Begeleider: van Santen, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

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

Auteur: Oudenhoven, J., 30 nov 2005

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: van Heugten, G., 31 aug 2013

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master