Catalysis with renewable resources

Prof. Johannes G. de Vries

The chemical industry has been operated on an oil-based infrastructure for a very long period of time. This era is now coming to an end as the supply of fossil resources is limited. Therefore, research on the utilization of renewable feedstocks for the energy sector and chemical industries has gained extraordinary importance. In our department we develop new catalytic reactions for the conversion of renewable resources into chemicals and fuels. A broad spectrum of special methods and techniques are applied for this purpose. We produce porous inorganic materials that are used as heterogeneous catalysts or as selective membranes and we develop novel homogeneous transition metal-based catalysts. We like to enhance our catalytic reactions by the proper use of chemical technology such as flow chemistry, microstructured reactors and novel separation devices.

Therefore, three research groups are providing their expertise in this department: