PhD Talent: Jochem Wijten

I've always persevered, even when experiments failed.
Jochem Wijten, PhD candidate in Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, winner of the Unilever Research Prize.
Jochem Wijten

Talented researcher

Jochem Wijten (25) has already achieved success as a researcher. He won the Unilever research prize for his Master's research into more efficient storage of solar energy and was nominated by Utrecht University for the award for best Master's thesis. ‘A remarkable talent with real passion for research’, said his supervisors.


“I've always persevered, even when experiments failed. I was told that I'd written a good thesis with unsuccessful results”, says Jochem. “It serves as a reminder that research is never a waste of time.” As a PhD candidate in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis department, he feels really at home. “I'm very happy with what I'm doing now. What I like best is the variety in this work, devising and conducting experiments.”

Proud about: The fact that the work that I do has achieved recognition from various quarters. Ambition: To use my research to make the transition to cleaner energy supplies possible. Source of inspiration: Don't have one. Guilty pleasure: Avatar: The Last Airbender. The cartoon series, of course – for me, the film doesn't count.