With effect from 1 January 2018, Bert Weckhuysen has been appointed Distinguished Professor in ‘Catalysis, Energy and Sustainability’ at Utrecht University.
A great honour
'It's a great honour', says Weckhuysen. 'This will give me greater freedom to shape my scientific ambitions and social involvement. I am filled with positive energy as a result. I would like to convey this to others, both inside and outside the university.'
Transcending disciplinary boundaries
Utrecht University has appointed a select group of professors as distinguished professors, academics whose work and standing transcend national and disciplinary boundaries. Rector Bert van der Zwaan: 'Bert Weckhuysen's appointment as a distinguished professor of Utrecht University will enhance the visibility of catalysis and energy research in Utrecht and will therefore also play a major role in the strategic theme of sustainability. The unusual thing about Bert's assignment is that he will be experimenting with a new structure in which education, research and social applications are closely intertwined.'