Professor Bert Weckhuysen

University of Utrecht
David de Wiedgebouw
Universiteitsweg 99
Room 4.82
3584 CG
The Netherlands

About the group:

The central research theme is the development of structure-activity relationships and expert systems in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and materials science with special emphasis on the development and use of advanced in situ characterization techniques. Another area of interest is the molecular design of transition metal ion complexes in inorganic hosts for catalytic and sensor applications. Enzymes, the most effective catalysts in nature, are the inspiration source for this research.


Heterogeneities of individual catalyst particles in space and time as monitored by spectroscopy

Buurmans, I.L.C., and B.M. Weckhuysen, Nature Chemistry 4 (2012) 873-886.

Catalytic processes monitored at the nanoscale with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Schrojenstein Lantman, E., T. Deckert-Gaudig, A.J.G. Mank, V. Deckert and B.M. Weckhuysen, Nature Nanotechnology 7 (2012) 583-586.

Catalytic activity in individual cracking catalyst particles imaged throughout different life stages by selective staining

Buurmans, I.L.C., J. Ruiz-Martinez, W.V. Knowles, D. van der Beek, J.A. Bergwerff, E.T.C. Vogt and B.M. Weckhuysen, Nature Chemistry 3 (2011) 862-867.

The Catalytic Valorization of Lignin for the Production of Renewable Chemicals

Zakzeski, J., Bruijnincx, P.C.A., Jongerius, A.L., Weckhuysen, B.M., Chemical Reviews 110 (2010) 3552-3599.


Contact details:


Direct phone: +31 30 253 4328

Visit the Weckhuysen Group site