Eline Hutter

Tenure Track Assistant Professor
Utrecht University

Eline Hutter Tenure Track Assistant Professor

About myself

After obtaining my master’s degree in physical chemistry from Utrecht University (2014), I realized that being a chemist gave me the opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable future at a very fundamental level. This brought me to the group of Dr. Savenije at Delft University of Technology, where I investigated the optoelectronic properties of halide perovskites for solar cells. During my PhD research, I went to Stanford University as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to explore the synthesis of non-toxic halide perovskites. After obtaining my PhD cum laude (2018) I joined the group of Dr. Ehrler at AMOLF as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the stability of mixed-halide perovskites against phase segregation using pressure-dependent spectroscopy techniques. In 2020, I became a tenure-track assistant professor at the Utrecht University hub of the ARC CBBC.

At the moment I work on…

It fascinates me how much energy is provided by (sun-)light, and I am curious to find out how we can use the interactions between materials and light to e.g. store solar energy, initiate chemical reactions or understand fundamental properties of materials or reactions. I find it satisfying to combine my fundamental interest with topics that contribute to a more sustainable future. My long-term research goal is to understand which non-toxic materials have the potential to use the energy from sun- or indoor light to generate electricity or deplete air pollutants such as CO2 or pathogens. These materials could then be used to add unique functionalities to coatings.

As a researcher I am passionate about…

Often, a lot of patience is needed in order to make an experiment or set-up work. Myself, I am quite passionate when it comes to ‘keep on trying’, and I try to motivate my students to not give up too easily and keep the bigger picture in mind. It is very rewarding if things work out in the end, and at these moments, you will likely find me jumping through the lab with excitement.

Within ARC CBBC I wish to accomplish…

As a researcher, I really enjoy to work together with other people from different backgrounds, which was one of the main motivations for me to join the ARC CBBC. Working together, especially across disciplines, enables to go beyond the sum of individuals. We are facing many global challenges related to energy, waste and health, and I hope that within ARC CBBC, we can help finding clever solutions by uniting our forces.