Anorganische Chemie en Katalyse
Benoemingsdatum 01-10-2000
Oratiedatum 04-10-2001

Hoogleraar Anorganische Chemie en Katalyse, sinds 2000

Faculteitshoogleraar van de Faculteit Bètawetenschappen (2012-2017)

Universiteitshoogleraar, sinds 2018



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Prof. Bert Weckhuysen (49) 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 the first 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 visiting professor at Stanford University & SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (2013-onwards) and University College London (UK, 2014-onwards). In January 2018 he has been promoted to Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University. 

Weckhuysen authored or co-authored ~ 475 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals with an average number of citations per paper of ~ 41 and a Hirsch index of 76. Furthermore, Weckhuysen is the author of 21 conference proceedings publications, 29 other journal publications and editorial material, 27 book chapters and 10 patents/patent applications. Furthermore, he is the (co-) editor of three books.

He serves/served on the editorial advisory 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, Chem, Catalysis Today, The Journal of Catalysis and Angewandte Chemie.

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 John Bourke Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry

- 2013 Spinoza Award of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research

- 2017 Kozo Tanabe Prize in Acid-Base Catalysis of the Acid-Base Group

- 2017 Xing Da Lectureship of Peking University

- 2018 Robert B. Anderson Award of the Canadian Catalysis Foundation

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), a Gravitation research program MCEC on Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversions (2013-2023; ~ 32 M€; www.mcec-researchcenter.nl) funded by the Dutch government and ARC CBBC (Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium), a 10 years-consortium by government, industries and universities (2016-2026; 11 M€/year, www.arc-cbbc.nl). 

Weckhuysen is also:

- An elected member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europaea, 2010-onwards), the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW, 2011-onwards), the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts (KVAB, 2015-onwards); the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (ACTI, 2009-onwards) and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW, 2010-onwards);

- An alumnus elected member of The Young Academy (DJA) of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (2005-2010);

- 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).

He is a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion (2015) and received a Certificate for Achievements of the Christoffel Plantin fund for his contributions to the prestige and appeal of Belgium in foreign countries from the Belgian Ambassador in the Netherlands (2018).

Weckhuysen serves on many boards and panels for national and international research.

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Selection of Multidisciplinary Journal Publications: 

  1. C. Vogt, E. Groeneveld, G. Kamsma, M. Nachtegaal, L. Lu, C.J. Kiely, P.H. Berben, F. Meirer, B.M. Weckhuysen, Unraveling Structure Sensitivity in CO2 Hydrogenation over Nickel, Nature Catalysis, 2018, 1, 127.
  2. B.M. Weckhuysen, Solid Catalysts under the Spotlight, Nature Catalysis 2018, 1, 101 (News & Views Article).
  3. A. Dutta Chowdhury, K. Houben, G.T. Whiting, S.H. Chung, M. Baldus, B.M. Weckhuysen, Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution over Zeolites generates Wheland-type Reaction Intermediates, Nature Catalysis 2018, 1, 23 (commented in News & Views article by Teresa Blasco).  
  4. J.E. Schmidt, R. Oord, W. Guo, J.D. Poplawsky, B.M. Weckhuysen, Nanoscale Tomography Reveals the Deactivation of Automotive Copper-exchanged Zeolite Catalysts, Nature Communications, 2017, 8, 1666.
  5. Y. Liu, F. Meirer, C.M. Krest, S. Webb, B.M. Weckhuysen, Relating Structure and Composition with Accessibility of a Single Catalyst Particle using Correlative 3-dimensional Micro-spectroscopy, Nature Communications, 2016, 7, 12634. 
  6. B.M. Weckhuysen, Porous Materials: Zeolites Shine Bright, Nature Materials 2016, 15, 933 (News & Views article).
  7. D.E. Perea, I. Arslan, J. Liu, Z. Ristanovic, L. Kovarik, B.W. Arey, J.A. Lercher, S.R. Bare and B.M. Weckhuysen, Determining the Location and Nearest Neighbors of Aluminum in Zeolites with Atom Probe Tomography, Nature Communications 2015, 6, 7589.
  8. F. Meirer, S. Kalirai, D. Morris, S. Soparawalla, Y. Liu, G. Mesu, J.C. Andrews, B.M. Weckhuysen, Life and Death of a Single Catalytic Cracking Particle, Science Advances 2015, 1, e1400199.
  9. W. Luo, M. Sankar, A.M. Beale, Q. He, C.J. Kiely, P.C.A. Bruijnincx, B.M. Weckhuysen, Highly Active, Selective and Stable Supported Nano-alloys for the Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid to Gamma-valerolactone, Nature Communications 2015, 6, 6540.
  10. P.C.A. Bruijnincx, B.M. Weckhuysen, Biomass Conversion: Lignin Up for Break-down, Nature Chemistry 2014, 6, 1035 (News & Views article).
  11. I.L.C. Buurmans, B.M. Weckhuysen, Heterogeneities of Individual Catalyst Particles in Space and Time as Monitored by Spectroscopy, Nature Chemistry 2012, 4, 873.  
  12. E.M. van Schrojenstein Lantman, T. Deckert-Gaudig, A.J.G. Mank, V. Deckert, B.M. Weckhuysen, Catalytic Processes Monitored at the Nanoscale with Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, Nature Nanotechnology 2012, 7, 583.
  13. I.L.C. Buurmans, J. Ruiz-Martinez, W.V. Knowles, D. van der Beek, J.A. Bergwerff, E.T.C. Vogt, B.M. Weckhuysen, Catalytic Activity in Individual Cracking Catalyst Particles Imaged Throughout Different Life Stages by Selective Staining, Nature Chemistry 2011, 3, 862 (commented in News & Views article by Peng Chen).
  14. L. Karwacki, M.H.F. Kox, D.A.M. de Winter, M.R. Drury, J.D. Meeldijk, E. Stavitski, W. Schmidt, M. Mertens, P. Cubillas, N. John, A. Chan, N. Kahn, S.R. Bare, M. Anderson, J. Kornatowski, B.M. Weckhuysen, Morphology-dependent Zeolite Intergrowth Structures leading to Distinct Internal and Outer-surface Molecular Diffusion Barriers, Nature Materials 2009, 8, 959.
  15. B.M. Weckhuysen, Heterogeneous Catalysis: Catch Me if You Can!, Nature Chemistry 2009, 1, 690 (News & Views article).
  16. E. de Smit, I. Swart, J.F. Creemer, G.H. Hoveling, M.K. Gilles, T. Tylisczak, P.J. Kooyman, H.W. Zandbergen, C. Morin, B.M. Weckhuysen, F.M.F. de Groot, Nanoscale Chemical Imaging of a Working Catalyst by Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy. Nature 2008, 456, 222 (commented in News & Views article by Alexis Bell).
  17. B.M. Weckhuysen. Catalysts Live and Up Close. Nature 2006, 439, 548 (News & Views article).

Publication Track Record:

  • Hirsch-index of 76 (based on 26 years of research, including the 4-years PhD period)
  • Author or co-author of ~ 475 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, which have attracted ~ 22,000 citations (Web of Knowledge analysis of December 27, 2017).
  • Author/co-author of high-impact multidisciplinary and chemistry articles: Nature (# = 1 + 1 News & Views), Nature Materials (# = 1 + 1 News & Views), Nature Nanotechnology (# = 1), Nature Chemistry (# = 2 + 2 News & Views), Nature Communications (# = 4), Nature Catalysis (# = 1 + 1 in press) Science Advances (# = 1), Chemical Reviews (# = 3), Chemical Society Reviews (# = 6), Accounts of Chemical Research (# = 1), Angewandte Chemie-International Edition (# = 47), Chemical Science (# = 1), Journal of the American Chemical Society (# = 29) and Chemical Communications (# = 18).
  • Author/co-author of articles in proceedings (# = 21), other scientific journals (# = 17), editorial material (# = 13) and books (# = 27).
  • Guest editor of themed scientific journal issues: Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics (# = 3), Catalysis Today (# = 1), ChemSusChem (# = 1), Topics in Organometallic Chemistry (# = 1), Green Chemistry (# = 1), Topics in Catalysis (# = 1) and Chemical Society Reviews (# = 2).
  • Editor or co-editor of three scientific books.

The complete publicationlist can be found at the personal webpage of Bert Weckhuysen.



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The Weckhuysen group has been active for many years in the design, synthesis, characterization and application of catalytic solids for the conversion of fossil (crude oil & natural gas) and renewable (biomass) feedstock into transportation fuels, chemicals and materials. More recently, research is devoted to the catalytic activation of CO2 and the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen.

The group is internationally renowned for the development of in-situ and operando spectroscopy and microscopy for studying catalytic solids under realistic conditions. This approach has provided unique insights in the working and deactivation mechanisms of catalytic processes, as well as in the internal architecture of solid catalysts.

The goal is to shed detailed new insight in the working principles of catalytic solids while they really work (i.e. high temperatures and pressures, and real-life conditions) and to achieve this he strives to build a “powerful camera” to chemically image heterogeneous catalysts from the level of the reactor down to the level of single atoms and molecules.

  • Development and use of advanced spectroscopic methods applied on heterogeneous catalysts during preparation and real operation in order to develop structure-activity relationships for catalytic processes. Systems of interest are supported metal and metal oxide catalysts, zeolites as well as metal organic frameworks. The main emphasis is on space- and time-resolved UV-Vis, Raman, IR, and fluorescence spectroscopy as well as X-ray absorption spectroscopy and diffraction methods. Catalytic reactions under study are methane and light alkanes activation, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, fluid catalytic cracking, methanol-to-olefins, automotive catalysis as well as selective oxidation, biomass-derived oxygenates hydrogenation/hydrodeoxygenation and olefin polymerization reactions.
  • Catalytic conversion of biomass to transportation fuels and bulk chemicals, more specifically the valorization of polyols, e.g. glycerol and sugars, via telomerization, hydrogenolysis and etherification, valorization of lignin and humins and related model compounds and the conversion of C5- and C6-sugars, including the selective hydrogenation of sugar-derived compounds, such as levulinic acid. This also includes the use of spectroscopy for monitoring biomass conversion processes in the liquid phase (i.e., water at relatively high temperatures and pressures), including issues as catalyst stability. 
  • Synthesis and characterization of ordered porous materials with catalytic potential. The focus is on the fundamental understanding of assembly processes of porous oxides, the development of spectroscopic tools to evaluate the synthesis parameters and the structural aspects of porous materials, including intergrowth structures, spatiotemporal zoning of elements, such as aluminum, and the processes of dealumination and desilication. The materials focus is on molecular sieves, including zeolites and metal organic frameworks.
  • Molecular design of transition metal ion complexes in inorganic hosts for catalysis and adsorption. Enzymes, the most effective catalysts in nature, are the inspiration source for this research. Catalytic reactions of interest are NO decomposition, methane activation and selective oxidation reactions. More recently this also involves photo-catalytic applications, including solar fuels generation, including the construction of thin films, which could separate and adsorb light molecules, such as CO2, and activate them with light or renewable electricity, harvested from wind or solar panels. 

More information can be found at the research page of Bert Weckhuysen.

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Uit hoofde van of samenhangend met de functie van (faculteits-) hoogleraar:

  • Wetenschappelijk Boegbeeld van het Topteam Chemie en lid van de Raad van Bestuur van de TKI Chemie, geïnstalleerd door de Minister van Economische Zaken (EZ), sinds 2014 (voorheen Lid van het Topteam Chemie, 2011-2014). Herbenoemd door het Ministerie van EZ per 1 september 2015 voor de periode 2015-2019. (onbezoldigd)
  • Expert in panels voor het Ministerie van Economische Zaken, het Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap en NWO. (onbezoldigd)
  • Voorzitter van de adviescommissie Chemie van het domein Exacte en Natuurwetenschappen (ENW) van de Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO). (onbezoldigd)
  • Wetenschappelijk Directeur van Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC; http://www.arc-cbbc.nl), sinds 2016. (onbezoldigd)
  • Wetenschappelijk Directeur van MCEC (Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion; http://www.mcec-researchcenter.nl), sinds 2014. (onbezoldigd)
  • Visiting Professor of Photon Science bij Stanford University/SLAC, sinds 2013. (onkostenvergoeding ten gunste van de Universiteit Utrecht)
  • Lid van het bestuur van de European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) sinds 2003; sinds 2011 penningmeester; en sinds 2017 President van EFCATS (periode 2017-2019). (onbezoldigd)
  • Bestuurslid van de Stichting Hoogewerff-Fonds, sinds 2015. (onbezoldigd)
  • Lid van de International Advisory Board van het Institute of Nanochemistry and Catalysis of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest (Hungary), sinds 2009; State Key Laboratory of Catalysis in Dalian (China), sinds 2014; Cardiff Catalysis Centre in Cardiff (United Kingdom), sinds 2016; Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany); and Center for Catalysis and Surface Science of Northwestern University in Evanston (USA). (vergoedingen ten gunste van de Universiteit Utrecht)
  • Member of the Solvay Scientific Committee for Chemistry (2017-2022). (vergoedingen ten gunste van de Universiteit Utrecht) 
  • Lid van de HERCULES (Higher Education, Research, and Culture in European Society) expert group van de Academia Europaea, sinds 2015. (onbezoldigd)
  • Titular Member van de Fysisch-chemische en Biofysisch-chemische Divisie (Division I) in IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) (2016-2019). (onbezoldigd)
  • Derde geldstroom contractonderzoek met o.a. Shell, Albemarle, Total, BASF, AkzoNobel, SCG Chemicals en ExxonMobil. (inkomsten ten gunste van de Universiteit Utrecht)
  • Zitting in de ‘editorial boards’ en ‘internationaly advisory boards’ van Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, ChemCatChem, Chemical Society Reviews, Catalysis Letters, Topics in Catalysis, Catalysis Today, Journal of Applied Chemistry, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, ChemPhysChem, Faraday Discussions, Chem & Angewandte Chemie. (onbezoldigd)
  • Editor van The Journal of Catalysis (bezoldigd; ten gunste van de Universiteit Utrecht)
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