Bas Terlingen

PhD candidate
Utrecht University

About myself

Since march 2018 I have been working as a PhD candidate in the group of prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen within ARC-CBBC. Before my PhD, I studied chemical engineering in Eindhoven. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, travelling and going to the gym and festivals.

As a researcher I am passionate about

As a researcher I am passionate about catalysts and spectroscopy. Spectroscopy provides the tools to understand the working of catalysts in the reaction, making it possible to design new and improved catalysts. It is important to develop the best catalyst possible to step away from a consumption economy and move towards the circular economy.

At the moment I work on

At the moment I work on the recycling of the byproduct HCl to close the raw material loop, to reduce the carbon footprint and to support the circular economy approach. Small molecules can be catalytically converted to chlorinated compounds, generating valuable building blocks. Very little research has been done on this topic and, as a consequence, the process has never been industrialized. Central in this research project is the studying of catalyst materials under real-life reaction conditions. Advanced operando spectroscopy techniques will provide new insights in the reaction mechanism as well as valuable information enabling the design of new or improved catalysts.

Within ARC CBBC, I wish to accomplish

The dream is that my catalyst will be implemented in a new industrial process where HCl can be recycled, making full use of the feedstock. I hope that my findings will be of use for further research on this yet unexplored field!