Prof. Bert Weckhuysen (47) received his master degree in chemical and agricultural engineering with greatest distinction from Leuven University (Belgium) in 1991. After obtaining his PhD degree from Leuven University with honours (highest degree) in 1995 under the supervision of Prof. Robert Schoonheydt, he has worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Israel Wachs at Lehigh University (USA) and with Prof. Jack Lunsford at Texas A&M University (USA). From 1997 until 2000 he was a research fellow of the Belgian National Science Foundation. He has been a visiting scientist at Hokkaido University (Japan), Amsterdam University (The Netherlands), Manchester University (United Kingdom) and Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel).
Weckhuysen is since October 1 2000 Full Professor Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Weckhuysen has been appointed as Distinguished Professor of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University as of September 2012. He has been a visiting professor at Leuven University (2000-2005) and Stanford University (USA, 2012) and is currently a consulting professor at Stanford University & SLAC National Accelator Laboratory (2013-onwards) and a visiting professor at University College London (UK, 2014-onwards).
Weckhuysen authored or co-authored ~ 421 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals with an average number of citations per paper of ~ 39 and a Hirsch index of 65. Furthermore, Weckhuysen is the author of 21 conference proceedings publications, 29 other journal publications and editorial material, 21 book chapters and 11 patents/patent applications. Furthermore, he is the (co-) editor of three books.
He serves/served on the editorial boards of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, ChemCatChem, ChemPhysChem, Vibrational Spectroscopy, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Journal of Applied Chemistry, Applied Catalysis A: General, Topics in Catalysis, Catalysis Letters, Chemical Society Reviews, Faraday Discussions and Catalysis Today.
He obtained prestigious VICI (2002), TOP (2006 and 2011) and Gravitation (2013) grants from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2012 he has been awarded an Advanced ERC grant from the European Research Council (ERC).
Weckhuysen has received several research awards, including the:
- 2006 Gold Medal of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society
- 2007 Dechema Award of The Max Buchner Research Foundation
- 2009 Netherlands Catalysis and Chemistry Award
- 2009 Eminent Visitor Award of the Catalysis Society of South Africa
- 2011 Paul H. Emmett Award of the North American Catalysis Society
- 2012 International Catalysis Award of the International Association of Catalysis Societies
- 2013 Vladimir N. Ipatieff Lectureship in Catalysis of Northwestern University
- 2013 Bourke Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- 2013 Spinoza Award of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Weckhuysen has been the scientific director of the Dutch Research School for Catalysis (NIOK) in the period 2003-2013. Currently, he directs the Smartmix research program CATCHBIO on Biomass Catalysis funded by the Dutch government and chemical industries (2007-2016; ~ 29 M€; www.catchbio.com) and the Gravitation research program MCEC on Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversions (2013-2023; ~ 32 M€; www.mcec-researchcenter.nl) funded by the Dutch government. Of both large research program initiatives he has been the main initiator.
Weckhuysen is also:
- an alumnus elected member of The Young Academy (DJA) of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (2005-2010);
- an elected member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (ACTI, 2009-onwards), the Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW, 2010-onwards), the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europaea, 2010-onwards), the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW, 2011-onwards) and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts (KVAB, 2015-onwards);
- an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, 2007-onwards), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2015-onwards) and ChemPubSoc Europe (2015-onwards); and
- Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion (2015).
Weckhuysen serves on many boards and panels for national and international research.