About Catalysis Connected

The World and also the catalysis world is changing fast. Collaboration and cross cutting research is the heart of new scientific discoveries. The Netherlands played, plays and will play a key role in these discoveries especially in the field of catalysis.

To advance the catalysis field, to show the potential of collaboration and to show the strength of Dutch catalysis we will organize a post Europacat symposium entitled ‘Catalysis Connected’.

The post conference will be held in Utrecht from 24-27 August 2019.

Scope and structure

To show the potential of collaboration and integration ‘Catalysis Connected’ focusses on 3 sessions:

  • Connecting catalysis;
  • Connecting spectroscopy;
  • Connecting chemical engineering and catalysis.

‘Catalysis Connected’ emphasizes the importance of collaboration. Lectures are on invitation only. The conference can accommodate 100 people. To have ample room for discussion lectures will last 30 minutes + 30 minutes discussion. The afternoons of Sunday and Monday will be used for a joint ‘recreational/community building’ activity to discuss and meet each other in an informal setting.


Conference chairs: Prof. Bert Weckhuysen & Prof. Harry Bitter

Saturday 24 August
16.45 Registration + Welcome
17.00 Lecture 1: Prof. dr. Karin Föttinger, TU Wien
Who is doing the job? Unravelling the role of metals and oxides in alcohol conversion on bimetallic Au and Pd catalysts
18.00 Lecture 2: Dr. Riikka Puuruunen, Aalto University
Atmoc Layer deposition: bridging semiconductors to catalysis and beyond
19.00 Reception with drinks

Sunday 25 August
9.00 Lecture 3: Dr. Nathalie Tanchoux, ENSC Montpellier
Alginate: a versatile biopolymer for functional advanced materials for catalytic applications
10.00 Lecture 4: Prof. dr. Bert Sels, KU Leuven
Refining lignocellulose: introducing the lignin-first biorefinery concept
11.00 Coffee
11.15 Lecture 5: Dr. Christian Hulteberg, Lund University
13 orders of magnitude – From molecules to chemical plants
12.15 End of morning program
13.00 Excursion (Another way to discover Utrecht)
17.00 Lecture 6: Prof. Dr. Frank Holmann, TU Delft
Biocatalysis  for Organic Synthesis: Why and how?
18.00 Lecture 7: Dr. Elena Groppo, Universitá degli Studi di Torino
19.00 Postersession and networking event with drinks
20.00 End of day 2

Monday 26 August
9.00 Lecture 8: Prof. Dr. Bas de Bruin, University of Amsterdam
Catalysis in Single Electron Steps
10.00 Lecture 9: Prof. dr. Nathalie Katsonis, University of Twente
Mutualism between auto-catalysis and motion
11.00 Coffee
11.15 Lecture 10: Prof. Dr. Moniek Tromp, Groningen University
Probing (Re)Active Species in Homogeneous Catalysis – Application of Advanced Lab and Synchrotron Techniques
12.15 Lunch
13.00 A tour on the premises (Utrecht)
16.30 Lecture 11: Dr. Jan Philipp Hofmann, Eindhoven University of Technology
Transition metal sulphides and phosphides as electrocatalysts for water splitting: insights into activity and stability
17.30 Lecture 12: Dr. Ivo Filot, Eindhoven University of Technology
Hierarchical Multiscale Catalytic Modelling: From the active site to the reactor
19.00 Conference dinner
22.00 End of day 3

Tuesday 27 August
9.00 Lecture 13: Prof. dr. Nataša Novak Tušar, University of Nova Gorica
Design of a photocatalyst as a coating for removal of organic pollutants from air and water
10.00 Lecture 14: Dr. Evgeny Pidko, TU Delft
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Lecture 15: Dr. Lars Kiewidt, Wageningen University and Research
From powder to production: supporting heterogeneous catalysts for high performance
12.30 Lecture 16: Dr. John van der Schaaf, Eindhoven University of Technology
High-gravity high shear reactors for intensified chemicals production
13.30 Closing
14:00 End of meeting

Register here


Programme Overview