Prof. dr. ir. B.M. (Bert) Weckhuysen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis
Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis
030 253 4328

Prof. Bert Weckhuysen (55) received his Master degree in Chemical and Agricultural Engineering with greatest distinction from Leuven University (KULeuven, Belgium) in 1991. After obtaining his PhD degree in the field of Surface Chemistry, Spectroscopy and Catalysis from Leuven University (KU Leuven, Belgium) with honours (highest degree) in 1995 under the supervision of Prof. Robert Schoonheydt, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Israel Wachs at Lehigh University (PA, USA) and with Prof. Jack Lunsford at Texas A&M University (TX, USA). From 1997 until 2000 he was a research fellow of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (NFWO, currently FWO-Flanders), affiliated with Leuven University (KU Leuven, Belgium).

Weckhuysen is since October 1 2000 Full Professor at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Weckhuysen has been appointed as first Distinguished Professor of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University as of September 2012. Since January 2018 he has been promoted to Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University. He was a visiting professor at Leuven University (KU Leuven, 2000-2005) and has done a sabbatical at Stanford University (USA) in 2012 and at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2022. He has also been a visiting professor at Stanford University & SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (2013-2018) and at University College London (UK, 2014-2017).

Weckhuysen (co-)authored ~ 730 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals with an average number of citations per paper of ~ 71 and a Hirsch index of 109 (Web of Science, February 3 2024). Weckhuysen is also the author of ~ 20 conference proceedings publications, ~ 30 other journal publications and editorial material, ~ 30 book chapters, 4 granted patents and 8 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, Chem Catalysis, ChemPhysChem, Chemistry MethodsVibrational 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, Chemistry-Methods, Chem Catalysis, and Angewandte Chemie. He is/has been chairman of the editorial board of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, ChemCatChem and ChemPhysChem. He has been editor of The Journal of Catalysis (2017- 2022) and is currently editor-in-chief of Catalysis Science & Technology (2023-onwards)

He obtained prestigious VICI (2002), TOP (2006 and 2011), IPP (2020), GROOT (2020) 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), which was followed in 2019 by a top-up Proof-of-Concept (PoC) grant. For the initiation of innovative education programs, more specifically the Da Vinci Project, he received from the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO), on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, a Comenius Teaching Fellowship (2019) and Comenius Senior Fellowship (2021).

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

- 2019 Karl Ziegler Lectureship of the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung

- 2020 Charles Casey Lecturship Award in Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry of the University of Madison at Wisconsin

- 2022 Frontiers Award of the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion

- 2023 Chemistry Europe Award 

Weckhuysen was the scientific director of the Dutch Research School for Catalysis (NIOK) in the period 2003-2013 and of a nation-wide Smartmix research program Biomass Catalysis funded by the Dutch government and chemical industries (CatchBio; 2007-2016; ~29 M€; Currently, he directs a national Gravitation research program on Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversions (MCEC; 2013-2023; ~32 M€; funded by the Dutch government as well as a nation-wide Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC; 2016-2026; 11 M€/year, with a joint investment by government, businesses and universities. He was (one of) the main initiator(s) of these large research program initiatives.

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) & an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS, 2020-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). In 2023, Weckhuysen also received honorary professorships from Tianjin University (China) and East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST, China). In 2024, he obtained a honorary doctorate from Ghent University (Belgium).

Weckhuysen serves on many boards and panels for national and international research. For example, he has been president of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS; 2017-2023).

So far, 87 scientists have obtained their PhD degree from Utrecht University under the supervision of Weckhuysen. In addition, Weckhuysen (co-) supervised one PhD student from KULeuven (Belgium), one PhD student from Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e, the Netherlands), and four PhD students from University of Twente (the Netherlands). The current job assignments of the former PhD students have also been included in the first list below. Next to mentoring PhD students throughout their professional careers, Weckhuysen also have trained more than 75 postdoctoral fellows, of which many have now reached now positions in industry and academia. The second list below includes the former postdoctoral fellows, of which their current job affiliation is known. 8 alumni of the group have become full professor, 6 are currenty associate professor, while 12 are working as assistant professor at various universities all over the world. 

A. List of PhD Alumni of the Group:

93: Shuang Yang, Research scientist at MAGNETO special anodes B.V. 

92: Iris ten Have: Head of Science at Extantia

91: Luca Carnevale: Postdoctoral Researcher at Twente University

90: Ahmed Ismail: Senior Scientist at TechnipFMC

89. Max Werny: : Venture Associate at Zero Carbon Capitald

88. Silvia Zanoni: Research Chemist at Ioniqa Technologies

87. Erik Maris: Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich

86. Sophie van Vreeswijk: Project Leader at Avantium

85. Bas Terlingen: Technical Consultant Energy at Mott McDonald

84. Roozbeh Valadian: Sales Manager at Granutools

83. Thomas van Swieten: Quantitative Risk Analyst at ABN AMRO Bank

82. Nikos Nikolopoulos: Project Leader at Shell

81. Koen Bossers: Scientist Polyolefins Catalysis at Sabic

80. Maarten Jongkind: Software Engineer at Triodos Bank

79. Xinwei Ye: Postdoctoral Fellow at Utrecht University

78. Stijn Hinterding: Researcher at ASML

77. Guusje Delen: R&D Team Lead Capture Materials at Skytree

76. Laurens Mandemaker: Postdoctoral Fellow at Utrecht University

75. Suzanne Verkleij: Researcher Environmental Safety at Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)

74. Pasi Paalanen: Computational and Statistical Data Analyst

73. Katarina Stanciakova: Application Scientist at OpenEye

72. Anne-Eva Nieuwelink: Program Manager at Utrecht University

71. Beatriz Luna Murillo: Project Leader at Shell

70. Miguel Rivera Torrente: Project Leader at Shell

69. Charlotte Vogt: Assistant Professor at Technion

68. Jochem Wijten: Onderzoeker Omgevingsveiligheid at Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)

67. Donglong Fu: Associate Professor at Tianjin University

66. Jeroen van Vollenbroek: Postdoctoral Fellow at University Medical Center Utrecht 

65. Katinka Wondergem: Assistant Professor at Nagoya University

64. Egor Fuvachev: Research Chemist at Ioniqa Technologies

63. Jose Moya Cancino: Lecturer at Universidad Finis Terrae

62. Ivan Garcia Torregrossa: Green Hydrogen Research Specialist at Sungrow Europe

61. Hai Le The: Surface Science Specialist at ASML

60. Marjolein Velthoen: Corporate Patent Councel at Avantium

59. Miguel Solsona: Postdoctoral Fellow at EPFL

58. Thomas Hartman: Research and Education Designer at Utrecht University & Scientific Illustrator at This

57. Robin Geitenbeek: Lecturer and Scientist Forensic Science at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

56. Ana Hernandez: Thermochemical Processes Scientist at Centro Nacional de Energías Renovables

55. Fang Liu: Research Engineer at TotalEnergies

54. Ozgun Attila: IT Operations Lead at Shell

53. Naresh Kumar: Senior Scientist and Lecturer at ETH Zurich

52. Joris Goetze: Patent Attorney at V.O. Patents & Trademarks

51. Zafer Ozturk: Research Data Steward at Twente University

50. Ramon Oord: Research Technician  at Utrecht University

49. Frank Hendriks: Machine Learning Engineer at Eneco

48. William van der Graaff: Application Scientist at Corbion

47. Sam Kalirai: Engineering Manager at Mitra Chem

46. Zoran Ristanovic: Analytical Chemistry Expert at TMC Science & Technology

45. Robin Jastrebski: Process Engineer at Avantium

44. Korneel Cats: Research Scientist at Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)

43. Mustafa al Samarai: Senior Scientist at University of Tokyo

42. Dimitrije Cicmil: Global Lead for Process Review Teams at Grundfos

41. Joseph Stewart: Incubation Projects Manager at TotalEnergies

40. Matthijs de Winter: Teamleader at inHolland University of Applied Sciences

39. Carlo Angelici: Senior Scientist at Avantium

38. Sophie Wiedemann: Analytical Specialist at Cargill

37. Ilona van Zandvoort: Research Scientist at Avantium

36. Wenhao Luo: Full Professor at Inner Mongolia University

35. Evelien van Schrojenstein Lantman: Chief Operating Officer at Triply

34. Hendrik van der Bij: Global Business Manager at Ketjen Corporation

33. Jesper Sattler: R&D Project Manager at Eurotrol

32. Qingyun Qian: Research Scientist at ExxonMobil

31. Peter Spannring: Development Chemist at Indorama Ventures Europe

30. Dilek Boga: Business Development Executive at High Performance Compounds Kaucuk

29. Clare Harvey: Team Leader and Project Manager Circular Plastics at TNO

28. Annelie Jongerius: Technology Manager at Avantium

27. Upakul Deka: Scientific and Management Expert in Chemicals, Catalysis, Circular Economy & Sustainability at Shell

26. Peter Hausoul: Group Leader at RWTH Aachen University

25. Luis Aramburo Corrales: Chemical Engineer at BeePlanet Factory

24. Inge Buurmans: Research Scientist at Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)

23. Davide Mores: Business Developer Chemistry & Explosion Safety at TNO

22. Bart Hereijgers: Business Manager Custom Catalysts at Euro Support

21. Lukasz Karwacki: New Business Development and Sustainability Manager at BASF

20. Nadya Beznis: Logistics Support Desk Supervisor at Nouryon

19. Emiel de Smit: Staff Scientist at ExxonMobil

18. Peter de Peinder: Founder and Scientist at VibSpec

17. Marianne Kox: New Fuels Projects Team Leader at Shell

16. Leticia Espinosa Alonso: Head of Consumer Biosolutions Digital at Novozymes

15. Muriel Lepage: Program Manager at Toyota

14. Elena Parvulescu: Global Innovation Manager Monomers Division at BASF

13. Ingmar Swart: Associate Professor at Utrecht University

12. Alwies van der Heijden: Founder and Consultant at Techem Consultancy

11. Daniel Radu: Planning Engineer at TotalEnergies

10. Jaap Bergwerff: Research Director at Ketjen

9. Pieter Bruijnincx: Full Professor at Utrecht University

8. Joost van Lingen: Senior Program Manager & Product Team Leader at TNO

7. Cristina Nenu: CO2 Capture & Utilization Portfolio Manager at Shell

6. Daphne Keller: Chemistry & Physics Teacher at Korenaer

5. Stan Tinnemans: QA Head Benelux at GSK

4. Fernando Morales: R&D Manager at Haldor Topsoe

3. Gerbrand Mesu: Senior Scientist at Phillips 66

2. Willem Heijboer: Senior Scientist at Tata Steel

1. Pieter van der Avert: General Manager at Scaldis SMC


B. List of Postdoctoral Fellow Alunni of the Group:

1.  Bettina Baumgartner (2021-2023), Assistant Professor at University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
2.  Yaqi Wu (2020-2023), Associate Research Fellow at the Ningbo Institute of New Materials Technology & Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
3.  Nina Genz (2020-2022), Beamline Scientist at Swiss Light Source (Switzerland)
4.  Matteo Monai (2019-2021), Assistant Professor at Utrecht University (the Netherlands)
5.  Ina Vollmer (2019-2021), Assistant Professor at Utrecht University (the Netherlands)
6. Luke Parker (2019-2021), Scientist at TNO (The Netherlands)
7.  Hongyu An (2019-2022), Performance Engineer at ASML (The Netherlands)
8.  Jiadong Xiao (2018-2019), Assistant Professor at Shinshu University (Japan) 
9.  Shiyou Xing (2018-2020), Assistant Professor at the Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
10.          Robert Geitner (2018-2020), Assistant Professor at Technical University Ilmenau (Germany)
11.          Kang Cheng (2017-2020), Associate Professor at Xiamen University (China)
12.          Mario De bruyn (2017-2020), Deputy Director at the Circa Renewable Energy Centre of the University of York (UK)
13.          Yuanshuai Liu (2017-2019), Full Professor at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
14.          Marianna Gambino (2017-2020), Senior Research Specialist at Dow (the Netherlands
15.          Guangxian Pei (2016-2017), Associate Professor at the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
16.          Beatriz Seoane de la Cuesta (2016-2019), Technical Project Lead at ASML (the Netherlands) 
17.          Jamal Ftouni (2014-2016), Head of Market Development and Innovation at Omya International (Switzerland)
18.          Paul Pletcher (2016-2019), Scientist at Clariant (USA)
19.          Joel Schmidt (2015-2018), Fluid Catalytic Cracking Technology Team Engineer at Chevron (USA)
20.          Matthias Filez (2015-2019), Postdoctoral Fellow at KULeuven-Ghent University (Belgium)
21.          Leila Negahdar (2015-2017), Assistant Professor at University College Dublin (Ireland)
22.          Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury (2014-2018), Assistant Professor at Wuhan University (China)
23.          Ines Lezcano-González (2014-2016), Research Associate at University College London & Diamond Light Source (UK) 
24.          Sang-Ho Chung (2014-2017), Research Scientist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
25.          Ara Muñoz-Murillo (2014-2016), S.I. Inspector SOIVRE at Provincial Directorate of Commerce of Cádiz (Spain)
26.          Sandra Constant (2014-2016), Scientist at Avantium (the Netherlands)
27.          Jan Falkenhagen (2014-2016), Process Analyzer Technology Engineering at Covestro (Germany) 
28.          Marleen Kerssens (2013-2014), Chemistry Teacher at Arte College (the Netherlands). 
29.          Javier Ruiz-Martinez (2013-2015), Assistant Professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
30.          Homer Genuino (2013-2017), Senior Scientist at NTCP (the Netherlands)
31.          Gareth Whiting (2012-2015), Scientific Program Manager at National Science Foundation (Ireland)
32.          Christoph Sprung (2012-2013), Research Consultant at VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (Germany)
33.          Elena Borodina (2012-2015), Technical Sales of Catalysts and Adsorbents at BASF (France)
34.          Fiona Kirby (2012-2014), R&D Manager at WaterWipes (Ireland)
35.          Meenakshisundaram Sankar (2011-2013), Lecturer at Cardiff University (UK)
36.          Jan Philipp Hofmann (2011-2013), Full Professor at TU Darmstadt (Germany)
37.          Emma Gibson (2011-2012), Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow (UK)
38.          Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez (2009-2010), Associate Director & Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky (USA)
39.          Matthijs Zandbergen (2009-2011), Head of Strategic Partnerships at IMEC (Belgium)
40.          Satu Korhonen (2008-2010), General Manager Products & Catalyst Systems at Wartsila (Finland)
41.          Andrei Parvulescu (2008-2011), Global Technology Manager Monomers at BASF (Germany)
42.          Regina Palkovits (2007-2007), Full Professor at RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
43.          Ana Iglesias-Juez (2007-2009), Group Leader at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (Spain)
44.          Ana Mijovilovich (2006-2009), Research Scientist at Biologické centrum AV CR, v.v.i.
45.          Eli Stavitski (2006-2009), Senior Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA)
46.          Simona Bennici (2006-2006), Research Director at CNRS (France)
47.          Agnieszka Ruppert (2005-2008), Full Professor at Lodz University of Technology (Poland)
48.          Bas Vogelaar (2005-2005), Digitalization Expert at Ketjen Corporation (the Netherlands)
49.          Virginie Belliere-Baca (2004-2005), Senior Vice-President & Global Head of Technology and Innovation at Sulzer 
50.          Olga Manoilova (2004-2005), Research Scientist at Clariant (Germany)
51.          Andy Beale (2004-2008), Full Professor at University College London (UK)
52.          Leon van de Water (2003-2005), Principal Scientist at Johnson Matthey (UK)  
53.          Yaying Ji (2002-2003), Scientist at Baxter Healthcare (USA)
54.          Didier Grandjean (2002-2005), Senior Researcher at KULeuven (Belgium)
55.          Pieter Glatzel (2002-2004), Group Head at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France)
56.          Xander Nijhuis (2002-2006), Chief Scientist at Sabic (the Netherlands) 
57.          Riikka Puurunen (2000-2001), Associate Professor at Aalto University (Finland)
58.          Weibin Fan (1999-2001), Full Professor & Director at the Institute of Coal Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)