Nienke Visser starts as a postdoc in our team. She will work on in situ gas phase TEM for oxidation catalysis. Welcome, Nienke!
PhD candidate Marta presents her beautiful in situ TEM results at the EMRS in Strasbourg!
Welcome to the team, Greg! He has started his master project under supervision of Marta and is quantifying strain in AuPd core-shell catalysts.
New paper out! "Unravelling 1-Hexene hydrogenation over dilute Pd-in-Au alloys" (link) is a collaborative effort with the Sautet (UCLA), Aizenberg (Harvard) and Friend (Harvard) groups. We report that the preference of dilute alloys for alkene isomerization rather than hydrogenation finds its origin in the relatively high barriers for H2 dissociation and hydrogen spill-over from Pd sites onto the Au host.
Our Account on the self-assembly and applications of Inverse Opals just came out. It was a pleasure to write it together with Anna Shneidman, Natalie Nicolas and Joanna Aizenberg.
Happy to be attending the NAM27 conference in New York, and feeling grateful for the inspiring visits at Tufts, MIT, Harvard and Columbia University
Very proud of PhD candidate Marta, presenting her beautiful work on core-shell catalysts for the first time at the NCCC conference.
How to fabricate nanoscale "sensors"? In a collaborative effort with the van Blaaderen group, we fabricated a new type of 3D assemblies made of gold nanorods, and demonstrate their use in detecting trace amounts of molecules. You can find our publication in Advanced Functional Materials here.
A NWO Veni grant was awarded to Jessi. In the coming years, her team will be using it to unravel the role of lattice strain on the performance of core-shell catalysts.
Jessi wins the Van Arkel prize awarded by KNCV Soft Matter! Congratulations to fellow-finalists Dr. Pepijn Moerman and Dr. Alessandro Ianiro.
How can we make use of CO2 and convert it in synthetic natural gas? In her talk today at #NWOCHAINS2021 PhD candidate Nienke Visser explained how this is done using nickel nanoparticle catalysts. Very well done, Nienke!
Jessi presented her work on raspberry-colloid-templated catalysts from her postdoc time at Harvard University in the Debye Lunch lecture. You can find the abstract here.
Dr. Christian Reece from the Rowland Institute at Harvard University visited our group (Reece Lab). In his seminar he shared the latest results from his lab. Beautiful kinetic measurements and a great visit!