• 24 October – Meixia Shan successfully defended her PhD thesis
    Meixia Shan received her Doctor degree after successfully defending her PhD thesis, entitled “Porous organic framework (POF) membranes for CO2 separation” that she wrote under supervision of promotors prof.dr. J. Gascon and prof.dr. F. Kapteijn. In the research Meixia developed membranes for CO2 capture, both for pre- and post-combustion systems. A patent is applied for on the preparation and application of the pre-combustion BILP membrane. This work was mentioned in several news items. A summary of the thesis can be found here.

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  • Science Advances: TUDelft BILP membrane separates H2 from CO2 under industrial conditions
    Meixia Shan and Xinlei Liu developed an easy to synthesize benzimidazole linked polymer membrane (BILP) that separates hydrogen from carbon dioxide with a selectivity up to 40 under conditions that are relevant for industrial applications. It beats existing systems by a factor two and allows separation at lower energy costs. The BILP membrane can be used for other separations of hydrogen containing mixtures as well. 
    The paper appeared in Science Advances Vol. 4, no. 9, eaau1698,
    and also features in the TUD magazine Delta
    and the Dutch Chemical Society (KNCV) Magazine C2W.

  • At the 41st Reunion Ibérica de Adsorción in Gijon, Spain, Eduardo Andrés-Garcia received the award for the best oral presentation.
    He presented part of his pioneering PhD work on the adsorptive separation of propane-propene mixtures using ZIFs, an industrially important and one of the most energy consuming separation processes. 

    See Eduardo in action at 41st RIA.

  • ZIF-8 growth examined by dynamic angle-resolved harmonic light scattering in Nature Communications
    Monique’s team applied a new technique that allows following real time the crystal growth of the metal organic framework ZIF-8 in solution. The angle dependence of the signal provides insight into the growth mechanism by probing the evolution of size, shape and concentration, while polarization analysis yields structural information in terms of point group symmetry. 
    Read more in Nature Communications

  • PhD research of Irinia Yarulina culminated in Nature Chemistry paper, featured on front page.
    Based on her PhD research deep mechanistic understanding of the effect of alkaline earth elements on the performance of ZSM-5 catalysts in the methanol to olefins (MTO) process was gained, and design rules were derived for the manufacture of stable and propene selective MTO catalysts. This work resulted in a collaborative paper in NatureChemistry, and reached the front cover of the Nature Chemistry issue in August 2018.

  • IChemE Andrew medal for Freek Kapteijn
    Professor Freek Kapteijn will receive the IChemE Andrew medal, being recognized as one of the founding fathers of Catalysis Engineering, pioneering concepts and approaches which will help improving the understanding of structure-performance relationships in heterogeneous catalysis and materials’ science. 
    Read further

  • Great International Dinner CE by Joane and Marta (23 March)
    Inspired by Joane and Marta everybody brought in favourite dishes from all over the globe. It was a tremendous success. No leftovers! Have a look and start mouthwatering.


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  • Ina Vollmer won NIOK lecture award at the 19th NCCC
    At the 19th Netherlands Chemistry and Catalysis Conference Ina Vollmer has won the NIOK-lecture award for her presentation entitled 'On the dynamic nature of Mo sites for Methane Dehydroaromatization', work that she performed as part of her PhD project.

    On the picture Ina has received the award from professor Joost Reek, chairman of the NIOK.

  • Tim Wezendonk succesfully defended PhD Thesis 2 March 2018
    Tim Wezendonk received the Doctor degree after successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled 'Iron catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis derrived from Metal-Organic Frameworks: Fundamentals and Performance’. Tim worked on this topic under supervision of promotores Jorge Gascon and Freek Kapteijn. He destroyed MOF based on iron and created extremely active and stable catalysts for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, at least one order of magnitude higher than existing systems due to the high iron loading and the high dispersion. The porous shell around these nanoparticles prevents the sintering.

  • Featured article by Xiaohui Sun et al.: Journal of Catalysis 357 (2018) 20–28
    The recently published paper in Journal of Catalysis, entitled 'Single cobalt sites in mesoporous N-doped carbon matrix for selective catalytic hydrogenation of nitroarenes'  by Xiaohui Sun, Alma I. Olivos-Suarez, Dmitrii Osadchii, Maria Jose Valero Romero, Freek Kapteijn, Jorge Gascon has been selected as a 'featured article' by the editors.
    The paper is therefore freely available till June 2018. 


  • Construction Industrial Catalysis Lab started
    19 December the first pole has been driven into the ground for the construction of the Industrial Catalysis Lab near the current Applied Sciences building. This facility will allow our team to perform catalysis research under relevant industrial conditions. A special screwing technique is applied to avoid vibrations that otherwise would disturb research activities in the nearby located research facilities.


  • Freek Kapteijn recipient of the Golden Hoogewerff medal
    At CHAINS 2017 the prestigious Golden Hoogewerff medal was awarded to Freek Kapteijn for his oeuvre in the field of Catalysis Engineering. This prestigious award is only awarded once in 4-5 years for special contributions in the field of Chemical Engineering by the Hoogewerff foundation. It is a recognition for the work in the field of structured reactors and catalysts on the interface of engineering and catalysis. At the picture Freek receives the medal from dr. Peter Berben, chairman of the Hoogewerff foundation.

  • Nature Communication paper on Cobalt FTS catalyst
    Sun et al. report on a modification of the MOF mediated synthesis (MOFMS) method to produce highly loaded cobalt catalysts (50 wt.%) from ZIF-67 as precursor. Excellent stability, high activity and selectivity (unpromoted chain growth probability of 0.94) were obtained. The cobalt crystallite size distribution is in the optimal desired range (around ~12 nm). The activity of this catalyst is approximately about 25% of the maximum reachable for pure cobalt having the optimal crystal size. This work is an excellent exampl of fruitful collaboration with the university of Utrecht and King Abdullah university of science and technology.
    Manufacture of highly loaded silica-supported cobalt Fischer–Tropsch catalysts from a metal organic framework,
 X. Sun, A.I. Olivos Suarez, M. Meijerink, T. van Deelen, S. Ould-Chikh, J. Zečević, K.P. de Jong, F. Kapteijn and J. Gascon.  DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01910-9 

  • First poster prize for Anahid Sabetghadam at EuroMOF-2017
    Anahid received the first prestigious poster awards at the EuroMOF-2017 conference in Delft for her contribution 'Influence of filler topology on MOF based mixed matrix membranes performance for CO2 capture' (Anahid Sabetghadam, Xinlei Liu, Marvin Benzaqui, Nathalie Steunou, Effrosyni Gkaniastou,  Clemence Sicard, Magdalena M. Łozińska, Angelica Orsi, Paul Wright, Christian Serre, Freek Kapteijn, Jorge Gascon).
    The international jury considered her contribution in the understanding of the effect of MOF morphology as the best in her session. It is based on an international collaboration within the EU consortium M4CO2. Anahid received the prize from Stefan Kaskel, editor of the book on MOFs she received as well. 

  • EuroMOF-2017 conference in Delft proceeded successfully
    The second EuroMOF conference, organized by Jorge Gason and Freek Kapteijn, was a great success. Nearly 500 participants enjoyed a wide range of topics presented by lecturers and poster presenters during three days (29 October-1 November). 
    An impression of the conference can be found here.

    Preceeding the conference a well attended 5th Young Investigators workshop was organized by Beatriz Seoane, Rob Ameloot and Christian Doonan. 

    At a post-conference workshop EU consortia presented their development status in different fields such as CO2 capture (M4CO2, Hipercap, CO2MOF) and MOF applications (ProDia, DEFNET).

    Industrial representatives revealed on 2 November the potentials of and development activities in the practical applications of MOFs.

  • October - November: Successful PhD defenses members of CE
    3 November - Yixiao Wang
    Yixiao Wang received her Doctor title for her PhD thesis 'Next Generation Automotive DeNO𝑥 Catalysts: Ceria What Else?' under supervision of promotors M. Makkee and Prof.dr. F. Kapteijn. Yixiao systematically analysed the role of different catalytic elements in the very complex Toyota catalyst for the reduction of NOx in the presence of oxygen for application in lean burn engines. The highly advanced and home-built temporal analysis of products (TAP) technique in combination with the use of isotopically labeled molecules revealed many secrets of this multifunctional catalyst in cyclic operation. A summary is available here.

  • 26 October - Jara Garcia Santaclara 
    The Doctor title was awarded to Jara Santaclara for her PhD thesis 'Understanding metal-organic frameworks for photocatalytic solar fuel production' under supervision of the promotores Prof.dr. F. Kapteijn, Prof.dr. J. Gascon and dr. M. van der Veen. A
    summary can be found here. Jara investigated by advanced spectroscopic techniques the performance of modified metal-organic frameworks to understand the relation between elemental composition, structure and performance in especially the photocatalytic splitting of water under influence of visible light. 

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  • 25 October -  Xiaohui Sun
    Xiaohui Sun received the Doctor title for his PhD thesis 'Metal-Organic-Framework mediated supported-cobalt catalysts in multiphase hydrogenation reactions' with promotors Prof.dr. F. Kapteijn and Prof.dr. J. Gascon. Xiaohui applied successfully variations of the MOF-mediated synthesis  method to prepare highly active cobalt catalysts for selective nitroarene hydrogenations and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.
    The thesis summary can be found here.

  • July  ERC Starting grant for Monique van der Veen
    Monique received this prestigious grant for her proposal 'Metal-organic frameworks for memories and mechanical energy harvesting'. She aims at the rational design of ferro-electric metal-organic frameworks via obtaining a fundamental understanding of the relation between structure and properties. These materials can be used as non-volatile memories, and via the piezoelectric effect as harvesters of mechanical energy. These can be used in (biocompatible) sensors for the Internet of Things.

  • April  Successful PhD theses defenses by Irina Yarulina and Anastasiya Bavykina
    Irina Yarulina was awarded the doctor title for her PhD thesis 'Engineering Selective and Stable Methanol to Olefins Catalysts' on 25 April 2017 with promotors Prof.dr. F. Kapteijn, Prof.dr. J. Gascon. The thesis summary can be downloaded here. The thesis focused on the use of 8-ring zeolites and 10-ring zeolite ZSM-5 for the MTO reaction, with an emphasis on improving the light alkene formation.

  • Anastasiya Bavykina graduated on her PhD thesis 'Porous Organic Frameworks in Catalysis' on 11 April 2017 with promotors Prof.dr. F. Kapteijn, Prof.dr. J. Gascon, and Prof. dr. M. Makkee.
    In her thesis the development of covalent organic framework based catalysts are described, their formulation and application in several reactions. The thesis is available though the TUDelft repository. A summary can be found here.

  • March: Presentation award for Ági Szécsényi at NCCC-XV XVIII
    During the last 18th Netherlands' Catalysis and Chemistry Conference (6 - 8 March 2017, Noordwijkerhout), Ági received one of the 3 NIOK lecture awards for her presentation entitled “Methane Oxidation Catalysed by Diiron-complex Deposited on ZSM5 zeolite” (co-authors: V. Bernales, J. Gascon, L. Gagliardi and E. A. Pidko). 
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  • February. Green Light for Industrial Catalysis Lab
    The University Board has approved the construction of the Industrial Catalysis Lab. It will be located at Kluyverweg 4, currently the place of the ‘Groendepot’, which will be moved. The Lab is planned to be ready at the end of this year, and experimental activities will start first quarter 2018. This facility will enable catalysis research activities at industrially relevant operation conditions of pressure, temperature and time-on-stream. Activities that are currently still carried out at the location at the Julianalaan. Moving these activities will complete the transition of the Catalysis Engineering team to the new location.

  • January. Poster Prize for Xiaohui Sun at the Faraday Discussion meeting ‘Catalysis for Fuels’ 
    On January 25th Xiaohui received a prize for his work entitled “Metal Organic Framework Mediated Cobalt/N-Doped Carbon Hybrids as Superior Catalysts for the Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes”, presented at the Faraday Discussion meeting  ‘Catalysis for Fuels’ , celebrated in Cape Town. In the photo, Xiaohui receives the award from prof. Nico Fischer (University of Cape Town).



  • October: Evelien Bos runner-up for the KNCV Golden Master Award
    At the first ‘Avond van de Chemie’ organized by the KNCV on 13 October in Leiden, our ex-master student Evelien Bos ended second in the competition for the KNCV Golden Master Award Evelien got this prize (€ 250) for her MSc thesis “Novel Catalysts for CO/CO2 Reduction: Supported Copper Nanoparticles through Metal Organic Framework Mediated Synthesis”, reporting the research she carried out under supervision of Tim Wezendonk, exploring the potential of this new catalyst synthesis route. We congratulate Evelien with this distinction.

  • October: Jara G. Santaclara wins poster prize at the symposium "Harnessing the power of light in hybrid materials", organized by the Chemistry Department of the University of Torino
    Jara G. Santaclara receives the 2nd poster prize award from professor Civalleri (University of Torino) for her poster ‘Effect of pretreatment atmosphere on the activity of Co/mesoHZSM-5 for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis’. The symposium was held at the University of Torino to bring together experts in the field of hybrid materials highlighting their role and potential use in light harvesting and energy transfer.

  • July: Nature Communications paper reports the surprising mechanism of formation of the well known MOF UIO-66 in the presence of HCl: Evidence for a chemical clock in oscillatory formation of UiO-66
    Containing 24 metal oxo bonds per inorganic node, it is hardly surprising that UiO-66 is the most thermally stable Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) at this moment. What is surprising, is that the addition of a product in UiO-66’s formation increases its kinetics of crystallization.
    In search for an explanation, Goesten et al. have gone after this, using a combined spectroscopic and theoretical approach. The mechanism has unfolded, and the chemistry is captivating; UiO-66’s crystallization is regulated by a phenomenon commonly referred to as a clock reaction. This type of reaction is famous for observable oscillations in species concentration. In UiO-66’s case, oscillations show up in both size and dimension of the precipitating crystals; clock-like evolutions to equilibrium. It is the first time such phenomena have been shown to govern crystallization, but the authors suspect more MOFs to reproduce UiO-66’s swinging way to existence.

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  • July: Yixiao Wang receives Young Scientist award at 16th ICC in Beijing. 
    At the 16th International Catalysis Conference in Beijing (3-8 July 2016) Yixiao Wang received from prof. Michel Che the Young Scientist Award for her lecture entitled ‘Next Generation Automotive DeNOx Catalysts: Ceria what else?’ In her lecture she revealed the mechanistic background of a catalyst system to reduce NOx in lean burn engine exhaust gases.

  • July: TEDx talk of Beba Seoane: Sometimes the smallest things can make a big difference. Beatriz Seoane de la Cuesta is convinced that nanostructured porous materials can help fight climate change. You can enjoy the full talk here.

  • March: PhD thesis Christa Ross inspired TUDelft-Delta poet


  • November: Xiaohui Sun wins 1st poster prize at 3rd ALP symposium
    Xiaohui Sun receives the 1st poster prize award from professor Ishimori (Hokkaido University) at the 3rd International Symposium on Ambitious Leader’s Program (3rd ALP) "Fostering Future Leaders to Open New Frontiers in Materials Science” for his poster ‘Effect of pretreatment atmosphere on the activity of Co/mesoHZSM-5 for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis’. The symposium was held at Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) to bring together international PhD students for cultural and scientific exchange.

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  • September: Patricia Kooyman appointed at University of Cape Town
    Patricia Kooyman has been recruited by the university of Cape Town to fill the research chair ‘nanomaterials in catalysis’ as a full professor. She will leave Catalysis Engineering at the beginning of October. With this appointment Patricia has received a very attractive offer with substantial funding, funding possibilities, support, and fit with the ambitions of the departments involved. This is a wonderful opportunity for her. We wish her all scientific prosperity and fruitful work in her new job.
    Patricia will not leave her grad students unattended and will travel back and forth from time to time to help her current students to graduation.

  • August: Veni grant for Beatriz Seoane
    Recently,  Dr. Beatriz Seoane has been awarded a personal Veni grant by NWO.  for her research entitled 'Towards the design, synthesis and application of Metal-Organic Framework macrostructures’. The Veni grant is part of NWO’s Innovational Research Incentive Scheme and is specifically for talented scientists who recently obtained their PhD. With the Veni grant, researchers receive up to 250.000 Euros to finance their own research for three years. 
    Press release NWO

  • July: CE hot paper in CrystEngComm
    The manuscript, entitled 'Manufacture of dense CAU-10-H coatings for application in adsorption driven heat pumps: Optimization and characterization’, authored by M.F. de Lange, T. Zeng, T.J.H. Vlugt, J. Gascon, and F. Kapteijn, has been selected as a CrystEngComm Hot Article. It is currently featured on the CrystEngComm Blog at and will be free to access for the next 4 weeks.

  • July: Maarten Goesten received PhD cum laude
    After the succesful defense of his PhD thesis on July, 8th 2015, Maarten Goesten was awarded the doctor title with distinction (cum laude), something reserved only for the top 5% at the Delft University of Technology. His promotors were prof. dr. Jorge Gascon and Prof. dr. Freek Kapteijn. In Maarten's thesis, entitled ‘ Crystal Engineering with Metal Organic Frameworks’, it is shown that coordination chemistry effectively rules out the element of ‘crystal design’ in MOF crystal engineering.  However, it is also shown that by combining theory and spectroscopy, such complex pathways occuring in MOF crystallization can be resolved. 
    An extended summary of the work (in English and in Dutch) is available here.

  • May: Martijn de Lange received PhD cum laude
    After the successful defense of his PhD thesis on May, 22nd 2015, Martijn de Lange was awarded the doctor title with distinction (cum laude), something reserved only for the top 5% at the Delft University of Technology. 
    His promotors were prof. dr. Freek Kapteijn, prof. dr. Jorge Gascon, and prof. dr. ir. Thijs J.H. Vlugt. Martijn's thesis, entitled ' Metal-Organic Frameworks For Adsorption Driven Energy Transformation – From Fundamentals to Application' focused on the application of MOFs in heat pumps. Certain MOFs turned out to be extremely suited for this application in comparison with existing sorbents. 
    An extended summary of the work (in English and in Dutch) is available here. His thesis can be viewed from the TUDelft repository.

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  • March: TUDelft researchers in collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company report breakthrough Fischer-Tropsch Catalysis
    The growing concerns about oil depletion have spurred worldwide interest in finding alternative feedstocks for important petrochemical commodities and fuels. Among these commodities, lower olefins are key building blocks for the manufacture of plastics, cosmetics, and drugs. One way of achieving the synthesis of these important chemicals is through Fischer-Tropsch synthesis using highly abundant iron based catalyst. However, traditional synthesis methods for the preparation of these catalysts usually lead to fast deactivation under reaction conditions because of the inhomogeneous Fe particle size distribution. This long-standing challenge has been addressed successfully through a unique collaboration between Catalysis Engineering section (ChemE, TUDelft), The Dow Chemical Company, University College London and University of Cadiz researchers that led to an innovative new method of synthesizing highly stable and active iron based Fischer-Tropsch catalysts. The paper has been highlighted in C&EN news, TUDelft News and C2W magazine

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  • February: Xth Scientific-Technical Award “Ciutat d’Algemesí” for Tania Rodenas
    Tania Rodenas (former postdoc at the Catalysis Engineering Section) together with Ignacio Luz (Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ), Spain) have been awarded the 2nd Scientific-Technical Award “Ciutat de Algemesí” for Young Researchers (Valencia, Spain) for the work entitled “Metal-organic framework nanosheets in polymer composite materials for gas separation”, published earlier this year in Nature Materials by a combined team of CE-ChemE and Kavli at TUDelft, ITQ (Spain) and Max Planck Institut (Germany) researchers. This award recognises outstanding results by under-35 researchers from the region of Valencia in Spain. This mixed matrix membrane research is an ongoing topic in the CE section, a.o in the M4CO2 and CrystEngMOFMMM projects. More details about the award can be found here (in Spanish).


  • November: Marielle Wiegman and Tim Wezendonk win NPT awards
    At the 14th Netherlands Process technology Symposium (NPS-14) two CE members received NPT awards for the best research thesis. Marielle Wiegman for her BSc thesis on the coating of MOFs for application in heat pumps, research carried out under supervision of PhD candidate Martijn de Lange. Tim Wezendonk received the MSc thesis award for his research on the use of MOFs as precursor for highly active and stable FT-catalysts, a topic he continues now as PhD student.

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  • November: Nature Materials paper: Metal-organic-framework nanosheets in polymer composite materials for gas separation applications
    A unique collaboration between Catalysis Engineering section (ChemE, TUDelft), Kavli Institute of Nanoscience (TUDelft), Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica and Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung researchers has led to an innovative new method of synthesizing free-standing nanosheets of highly porous Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). Incorporating MOF nanosheets into polymer matrices endows the resultant composites with outstanding separation performance together with an unusual and highly desired increase in the separation selectivity with pressure. This approach opens the door to ultrathin MOF–polymer composites (see illustration) for various applications. The paper has been highlighted in C&EN news, TUDelft NewsC2W magazine and the Heraldo de Aragón.



  • October: Nature Materials paper: Visualization of Pt nanoparticles catalysing CO oxidation
    Former CE member Soren Vendelbo and CE members Pita Puspitasari and Patricia Kooyman have contributed extensively to this paper, which reports the first live in situ TEM imaging of individually oscillating Pt nano particles during the CO oxidation reaction 

  • October: ENMIX prize for Alberto Martinez Joaristi
    Former CE member Alberto Martinez Joaristi was rewarded the ENMIX prize 2014 for his paper in Microporous Mesoporous Materials entitled “A diffusion study of small hydrocarbons in DDR zeolites by micro imaging” 

  • October: Maxim Nasalevich wins MOF2014 poster award
    On the 4rd International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks and Open Framework Compounds, carried out in Kobe (28 September - 1 October), Maxim Nasalevich received the award for his poster presentation "Co@NH2-MIL-125(Ti): Cobaloxime-derived Metal-Organic Framework-based Composite for Light-driven H2 Production" (co-authors R. Becker, E. Ramos-Fernandez, S. Castellanos, S. Veber, M. Fedin, F. Kapteijn, J. Reek, J.I. van der Vlugt, and J. Gascon). 

  • July: Freek Kapteijn receives TUDelft bronze academic medal
    On July 4, 2014, Freek Kapteijn received the TU Delft bronze academic medal. The bronze academic medal was designed in 1988 and is presented as an expression of appreciation for special, internal, academic merit.This medal was presented to Freek by the rector magnificus, Karel Luyben, for his 25th promotorship.

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  • May: Avelino Corma co-recipient Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research 2014
    The Prince of Asturias Awards are a series of annual prizes awarded by the Prince of Asturias Foundation to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world who made notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. The prize was established on 24 September 1980 "to contribute to encouraging and promoting scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of mankind's universal heritage”. Currently they are among the most prestigious international awards.
    At its meeting in Oviedo, the Jury for the 2014 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research has decided to bestow the 2014 Award on the chemist Avelino Corma Canós (Spain), the chemical engineer Mark E. Davis (USA) and the physical chemist Galen D. Stucky (USA) for their contributions to the development of microporous and mesoporous materials and their applications.
     The three researchers have made truly remarkable contributions to the design and methods of synthesis of these materials, the study of their properties and the development of their applications in very diverse fields. These include the petrochemical industry, biodegradable plastics and water treatment, improved food quality, new medicines and revolutionary healthcare materials, optoelectronic materials, emission reducing elements and, in short, a broad range of applications highly relevant to society.
     Prof. Corma was nominated Doctor Honoris Causa at TUDelft in 2013 and he is currently visiting professor at the Catalysis Engineering Section, Chemical Engineering Department (Faculty of Applied Sciences).

  • May: Jorge Gascon appointed Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor
    TU Delft has appointed Jorge Gascon as Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor. These chairs are early promotions of young, outstanding scientists to the position of professor, enabling them to develop their scientific careers to the fullest extent at the TUDelft. 
    Jorge Gascon (36) received his MSc. in Chemistry in 2002 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2006, both at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). He has been working at the Chemical Engineering Department (Faculty of Applied Sciences) since 2006, lately as Associate Professor. His research interests fall at the interphase of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, including the development and demonstration of new nano-structured materials and composites. He has co-authored over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and patents and has recently edited the book ‘Metal Organic Frameworks as Heterogeneous Catalysts”. He has been the recipient of the prestigious VENI (2010), VIDI (2013) and ERC Starting (2013) personal grants. Recently he received the 2013 ExxonMobil Chemical European Science and Engineering Award.

  • March: Presentation award for Maarten Goesten at NCCC-XV
    The successful 15th Netherlands’ Catalysis and Chemistry Conference (NCCC-XV) has been visited by over 500 participants from The Netherlands and abroad, having a background in academia and/or industry. Inspiring keynote speakers have been able to attract the attention of the participants which resulted in many animated discussions scattered over the three days. At the end of the conference, Maarten Goesten received one of the 3 NIOK lecture awards for his presentation entitled “Porous Aromatic Frameworks as Heterogeneous Catalysts” (co-authors: A. Bavykina, A. Szecsenyi, F. Kapteijn, M. Makkee and J. Gascon). On the photo the three awardees: from left to right on the photo: Georgy Filonenko, Maarten Goesten and Jörg Schrittwieser.

  • January: Two CE covers in one week
    The recent CE papers “Visualizing MOF Mixed Matrix Membranes at the nanoscale: towards structure-performance relationships in CO2/CH4 separation” and “Insights into the catalytic performance of mesoporous H-ZSM-5-supported cobalt in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis” have reached the cover of the first 2014 issues of the prestigious Willey journals Advanced Functional Materials and ChemCatChem. In the first work, Tania Rodenas et al. demonstrate that FIB-SEM tomography can be a very powerful tool for the in depth characterization of MOF-polymer composites applied in gas separation. This paper has been published as an invited contribution to a special issue of the journal on Porous Materials. In the second publication, Sina Sartipi and coworkers, by combining a thorough catalytic performance evaluation with in-depth characterization techniques, unravel the origins of the high selectivity to gasoline range hydrocarbons and the effect of the zeolitic support on the cobalt active phase when Co-zeolite solids are used as catalysts for the direct production of gasoline from syngas.
    Full bibliographic information can be found below:
    - T. Rodenas, M. van Dalen, E. García-Pérez, P. Serra-Crespo, B. Zornoza, F. Kapteijn and J. Gascon. Visualizing MOF Mixed Matrix Membranes at the nanoscale: towards structure-performance relationships in CO2/CH4 separation over NH2-MIL- 53(Al)@PI. Adv. Funct. Mat. 24 (2014), 249-256. doi:10.1002/adfm.201203462
    - S. Sartipi, M. Alberts, V.P. Santos, M.A. Nasalevich, J. Gascon and F. Kapteijn. Insights into the catalytic performance of mesoporous H-ZSM-5-supported cobalt in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. ChemCatChem 6 (2014) 142-156. doi: 10.1002/cctc.201300635


  • December: EU signs 10 M€ TUD programme M4CO2 on energy efficient CO2 capture
    The European Union signed an 10 M€ contract with a consortium led by TUDelft Catalysis Engineering team of Kapteijn and Gascon to develop energy efficient CO2 capture in power plants and energy intensive industries, both for pre- and post-combustion. The consortium of 16 European partners will develop high performance Mixed Matrix Membranes based on engineered Metal-organic frameworks and polymers for continuous CO2 separation. The highly selective  membranes will allow CO2 capture at costs below 15 €/ton CO2 (≈ 10-15 €/MWh), amply meeting targets of the European SET plan.
    These metal organic frameworks (MOFs), hybrid porous crystalline materials, are a hallmark of the CE section, with applications in catalysis, adsorption, separation, sensing and luminescence. The consortium of key players in the fields of MOFs, polymers, membranes, engineering and industry will apply the innovative concept of MOF based mixed matrix membranes to develop continuous separation processes of unsurpassed energy efficiency, reducing the energy penalty, physical footprint and environmental impact of CO2 separation with an associated cost efficiency.

  • December: ExxonMobil Chemical European Science and Engineering Award for Jorge Gascon
    Jorge Gascon received on 12 December 2013 the ExxonMobil Chemical European Science and Engineering Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of Separation Techniques and Separation Modeling in Petrochemistry, especially for his work on the engineering of Metal Organic Frameworks for gas separation. In 1989, ExxonMobil Chemical Europe launched the European Science & Engineering Programme (ESEP). The objective of ESEP is to promote scientific interactions between the company and European universities and research institutions.
    The bi-annual award is meant for researchers under their 40s working in a European institution
    In the picture, Jorge receives the award from Elisabeth Monard, Secretary-General of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and Pieter Gellings (ExxonMobil Chemical Europe), ESEP President

  • November: Poster prizes for Maxim and Tania at Annual DPTI meeting
    At the 1st Annual meeting of the Delft Process Technology Institute meeting in Kijkduin (14 November) our group members won two of the three poster awards. Maxim Nasalevich (1st prize, middle, “Enhancing optical absorption of metal–organic frameworks for improved visible light photocatalysis”) and Tania Rodenas (2nd prize, left, “Assessing the 3D internal microstructure of MOF-polymer composite materials for gas separation applications”) were unanimously chosen by the jury on the basis of their fine poster and enthousiastic presentation. On the picture the proud poster winners and the chair of the evaluation committee, prof. Andrzej Gorak (Dortmund).

  • August: MPGC PhD fellowship for Philipp Schäfer
    Philipp Schäfer has been awarded a fellowship from the Max-Planck Graduate Center to conduct his PhD research. He will perform his interdisciplinary project in tandem with the TU Delft (Catalysis Engineering, dr. Monique van der Veen) and the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Emmy Noether group of dr. Katrin Domke). His defense of his project on controlling the electrochemical growth of metal-organic frameworks has greatly impressed the jury. The MPGC seeks to promote interdisciplinary research and excellent candidates from all over the world.

  • June: Scopus Young Researcher Award for Jana Juan Alcañiz
    Jana Juan Alcañiz (Catalysis Engineering, TUDelft) is recipient of the first Dutch Scopus Young Researcher Award in the field of Sciences and Engineering. She received the award based on a jury rating considering various points, including : number of publications and citations, the spread and quality of journals in which has been published, how often one was identified as first author and the relevance of the research field for future research. Specifically it was mentioned in the press release: The Spanish winner, in a category dominated by men, also gave the evidence that the great amount of foreign talent that comes to the Netherlands to continue his/her academic career here can claim the prize just as much as their Dutch colleagues. More info, see  and
    Jana has performed pioneering work in the development of metal-organic frameworks for catalytic applications. Several of her papers receive high citations. She will defend her PhD Thesis on 15th July 2013 in Delft (Aula TUDelft 10.00 h).
    The full press release can be found here.

  • June: Double strike Jorge Gascon
    Jorge Gascon has been awarded two prestigious grants to realize his research ideas on two different topics. The Dutch science foundation NWO awarded a VIDI grant for developing low temperature methane oxidation to methanol, while the ERC starting grant was awarded by the European Research Counsel to develop mixed matrix membranes based on metal organic frameworks. Both organizations evaluated the proposals as excellent, challenging and a high risk-high reward character. This will provide Jorge with the means to further develop his scientific ambitions. Congratulations!

  • June: Chemical Process Technology, 2nd Edition by Jacob A. Moulijn, Michiel Makkee and Annelies E. van Diepen is already available! 
    This text provides a comprehensive introduction to chemical process technology, linking the fundamental theory and concepts to the applied nature of the subject. It provides an essential bridge between the chemical sciences and the chemical industry. The book enables the reader to integrate fundamental knowledge of the basic disciplines, to understand the most important chemical processes, and to apply this knowledge and understanding to industrial processes.
    Starting with a general look at the chemical industry, subsequent chapters examine different processes in greater detail, for example, oil refinery, steam cracking, synthesis gas, power, bulk chemicals, biorefinery, biotechnology, gas treatment, catalysis, fine chemicals, process intensification, and chip technology. In all chapters the processes treated are represented by simplified flow schemes, to help the reader think in terms of conceptual process designs. Problems and “feature boxes” giving examples and real-life industrial case studies are scattered throughout the text.

  • May: Vera P. Santos wins MACS VI presentation award
    On the VIth International Symposium on Molecular Aspects of Catalysis by Sulfides, carried out in Satillieu, France, Vera P. Santos received the award for her presentation: "Elucidation of the active phase of K promoted MoS2 for the direct production of higher alcohols from synthesis gas: an operando infrared study" (co-authors: Bart van der Linden, Adam Chojecki, Gerolamo Budroni, Steven Corthals, Hirokazu Shibata, Garry R Meima, Freek Kapteijn, Michiel Makkee and Jorge Gascon). In the picture, Vera is presenting her work.

  • March: CE MOF work highlighted in C2W
    On the occasion of the 14th Netherlands' Catalysis and Chemistry Conference, the C2W magazine reviews recent advances in the chemistry of Metal Organic Frameworks with special emphasis on catalytic applications. The article includes an interview with Jorge Gascon.

  • February: CE paper reaches the front cover of Catalysis Science & Technology
    The communication entitled Breaking the Fischer–Tropsch synthesis selectivity: direct conversion of syngas to gasoline over hierarchical Co/H-ZSM-5 catalysts, by Sina Sartipi, Kshitij Parashar, Michiel Makkee, Jorge Gascon and Freek Kapteijn has reached the front cover of volume 3, number 3 of this prestigious RSC journal. In the publication we report the combination of Fischer–Tropsch catalyst with acid functionality in one single catalyst particle. The resulting bifunctional catalyst is capable of producing gasoline range hydrocarbons from synthesis gas in one catalytic step with outstanding activities and selectivities.

  • January: Prof. Dr. Avelino Corma Doctor Honoris Causa at TUDelft
    On the occasion of the 171st Dies Natalis, Prof. dr. Avelino Corma (ITQ, Valencia) will be nominated as Doctor Honoris Causa at TUDelft for his outstanding contribution to the fields of catalysis, chemistry and materials science. The official ceremony will be held on January 11th 2013.


  • September: Jana Juan-Alcañiz wins MOF2012 poster award
    On the 3rd International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks and Open Framework Compounds, carried out in Edinburgh (16-19 September), Jana Juan-Alcañiz received the award for her poster presentation "Metal complex incorporation in MIL-101(Cr) through oxamate functionalisation and its catalytic opportunities" (co-authors Jesus Ferrando-Soria, Pablo Serra-Crespo, Enilio Pardo, Jorge Gascon and Freek Kapteijn). In the picture Jana receives the award from Prof. Paul Wright

  • August: Jorge Gascon promoted to Associate Professor
    Per June 2012 dr. Jorge Gascon has been promoted to Associate Professor at the TUDelft. 
    Gascon, active in the Catalysis Engineering group at TUDelft, focuses on the development and application of structured nanoporous materials for catalysis, adsorption and separation. He is the leading researcher in the field of Metal Organic Frameworks in The Netherlands. This work recently received two awards for the highest cited papers in Journal of Catalysis in the last five years.

  • August: CE researchers among the most cited authors in Journal of Catalysis
    Elsevier has congratulated and expressed gratitude to all the authors who have been publishing their best work in the Journal of Catalysis. Two CE papers are among the three articles published in 2009 and 2010 having received the most citations in 2011 and having thus contributed the most to the new increased Impact Factor of Journal of Catalysis:
    • J. Gascon, U. Aktay, M.D. Hernandez-Alonso, G.P.M. van Klink, and F. Kapteijn, Amino-based metal-organic frameworks as stable, highly active basic catalysts J. Catal. 261 (2009) 75-87. doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2008.11.010
    • J. Juan-Alcañiz, E. V Ramos-Fernandez, U. Lafont, J. Gascon and Freek Kapteijn. Building MOF bottles around PhosphoTungstic Acid ships: One-pot synthesis of bi-functional PolyOxoMetalate-MIL-101 catalysts. J.Catal. 269 (2010), 229. doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2009.11.011

  • August: CE paper reaches the front cover of Chemistry of Materials
    The review manuscript entitled "Practical Approach to Zeolitic Membranes and Coatings: State of the Art, Opportunities, Barriers, and Future Perspectives” by Jorge Gascon, Freek Kapteijn, Beatriz Zornoza, Victor Sebastian, Clara Casado an Joaquin Coronas has reached the front cover of issue 24(15) of this prestigious ACS publication. In the publication, the concept of zeolite (zeolitic) membrane is discussed from a practical perspective. This paper focuses on the barriers that need to be eliminated before the commercialization of these membranes becomes attractive. Additional opportunities for commercialization may arise in the shape either of mixed matrix membranes, taking advantage of composites with polymers, or as zeolite coatings useful for a plethora of new applications.

  • June: CE paper reaches the front cover of ACS Catalysis
    The manuscript entitled "Transport Limitations during Phase Transfer Catalyzed Ethyl-Benzene Oxidation: Facts and Fictions of “Halide Catalysis” by Vera P. Santos, Jasper J.W. Bakker, Michiel T. Kreutzer, Freek Kapteijn and Jorge Gascon has reached the front cover of issue 7 of this prestigious ACS publication. In the publication, it is shown that the mechanistic interpretation of the catalytic effect of phase transfer catalysts in the selective oxidation of ethyl benzene is hampered by mass transfer effects. Proper mechanistic understanding of these phenomena in QAS catalysts is especially crucial under industrially relevant conditions.

  • March: CE Hot Feature Article 
    The recent CE feature article ‘Metal–organic frameworks as scaffolds for the encapsulation of active species: state of the art and future perspectives’, by Jana Juan-Alcañiz, Jorge Gascon and Freek Kapteijn, has been identified as a ‘hot article’ for Journal of Materials Chemistry.  The article has been highlighted on the journal blog:

  • March: Chemicals from Bio-Mass
    CE work on Fischer-Tropsch synthesis from bio-gas has been recently highlighted by the C2W magazine.


  • September: Steven Hoogendijk award for Johan van den Bergh
    Johan van den Bergh received on September 17th, 2011 the Steven Hoogendijk award of the 'Bataafsch Genootschap voor Proefondervindelijke' from the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, praeses magnificus of this society. This prize is awarded biannually for the best PhD Thesis of the Delft University of Technology, this time covering 2009 and 2010.
    Johan defended his PhD thesis in September 2010. This research focused on the application of DD3R membranes for various energy efficient separation and catalytic processes. Further, he developed a new engineering model to describe the diffusive mixture transport through zeolites. This model bridges the microscopic computational modeling and the macroscopic engineering worlds.
    (Picture: Johan receives the award from mayor Aboutaleb).

  • July: CE paper reaches the front cover of Chemistry A European Journal
    The manuscript entitled “Understanding the Anomalous Alkane Selectivity of ZIF-7 in the Separation of Light Alkane/Alkene Mixtures”  by Johan van den Bergh, Canan Gücüyener, Evgeny A. Pidko, Emiel J. M. Hensen, Jorge Gascon and Freek Kapteijn, selected as Very Important Publication (VIP) by Chemistry A European Journal, has reached the front cover of issue 17 of this prestigious Willey publication. In the publication, it is shown that the efficient use of the gate-opening effect in the zeolite imidazolate framework ZIF-7 upon adsorption of light alkene/alkane mixtures might open the door to a new separation technology based on selective alkane adsorption. A detailed investigation of the adsorption and separation of alkanes and alkenes, as well as a rigorous performance assessment is reported.

  • July: Canan Gücüyener wins FEZA poster award
    On the 5th International FEZA (Federation of European Zeolite Associations) carried out in Valencia, Spain(3-6 July), Canan Gücüyener received the award for her poster presentation "Understanding the anomalous paraffin selectivity of ZIF-7 in the separation of light alkane/alkene mixtures" (co-authors Johan van den Bergh, Evgeny Pidko, Emiel J.M. Hensen, Jorge Gascon and Freek Kapteijn). 

  • April: Michiel Makkee (ChemE) appointed parttime Professor Politecnico di Torino
    Dr.Ir. Michiel Makkee has been conferred on March the 15th by the Doctoral School and the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino the parttime assignment related to the special professorship in the field of "Sustainable Process Technology".
    Reputation: Politecnico di Torino (founded in 1859) has a long-standing tradition and reputation. It is one of the leading technical universities in Italy and throughout the world. It is currently in 7th place in Europe for engineering studies and first in Italy for internationalization and for technical studies.The Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering (DISMIC) deals with various research subjects which range from the fundamentals of chemistry and materials science to the production and behaviour of engineered materials. The increasing demand for applications which call for innovative materials, specifically designed and created for solutions which are often unique. The DISMICO's aims include offering a new approach to the sector. This reflects the principles of "product engineering": a way of integrating all the skills and knowledge involved in creating the products industry needs with the objective of material optimization for each application.

Ina lecture award NCCC-19