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Outreach Activities By Khaled Khalili, Utrecht University

Submitted on: 19 January 2017

In June 2016, I have been interviewed by the DBU. DUB is The Digital University Journal, which is an independent media of the University of Utrecht. The interview was an opportunity to introduce me, my research, and the SubiCat training network to the people. Following is the interview:

Who are you and what you do?

My name is Khaled a PhD candidate in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group. I am working on the development and validation of in-situ multi-modal spectroscopy approach, combining Raman, IR, UV-Vis, for monitoring biomass (lignin) depolymerization and valorization processes at high temperatures and pressures, and monitoring catalyst performance and deactivation under relevant reaction conditions.

Due to the complexity and multivariate nature of the obtained in-situ spectroscopic data, advanced chemometrics techniques are employed to extract detailed qualitative and quantitative chemical information from the spectroscopic data. 

 Where is this workplace?

This is the high-pressure lab located on the 4th floor of David de Wied building. This lab is specially equipped and designed to work with high-pressure high-temperature systems. 

What is special about this workplace or about your research?

I am working in Prof. Weckhuysen catalysis group where many PhDs and postdocs with different academic backgrounds from over 15 countries are working together. My project is part of SuBiCat initial training network which is financed by the European Union. This network trains the new generation of scientists to achieve the change from a fossil fuel-based society to a society based on clean and sustainable conversions of renewable feedstocks. My project focuses on monitoring the lignin valorization processes in real time in order to get more insight into the chemistry involved.