Prof. Bert Weckhuysen (46) 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 392 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals with an average number of citations per paper of ~ 32 and a Hirsch index of 61. Furthermore, Weckhuysen is the author of 21 conference proceedings publications, 17 other journal publications, 21 book chapters and 10 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 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 from the Royal Dutch Chemical Society
- 2007 DECHEMA Award from 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 in Fundamental Catalysis 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 Royal Society of Chemistry Bourke Award
- 2013 Spinoza Award from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Weckhuysen, being scientific director of the Dutch Research School for Catalysis (NIOK) in the period 2003-2013, is currently directing 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 of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences; an elected member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation, the Royal Holland Society of Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences, the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Association for Advancement of Science. In 2015 he has been appointed Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
Weckhuysen serves on many boards and panels for national and international research.