Hanya Spoelstra

Hanya Spoelstra

PhD candidate
Utrecht University

Hanya Spoelstra


Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Vening Meinesz-C 2.06

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Key expertises

heterogeneous catalysis, spectroscopy, catalyst preparation

About me

Originally, I grew up near Leiden but I moved to Utrecht in 2017. I obtained my BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry at Utrecht University. During my master thesis I explored the synthesis of nanoplastics for fluorescence-based detection. I started my PhD in October 2023 in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group at Utrecht University.

About my research

This research is part of a multilateral ARC CBBC project and investigates the development of new catalysts for methane decomposition. The decomposition of methane in hydrogen and functional solid carbon is an attractive route for COx-free hydrogen production. This research involves the development and comparison of metal-based and metal-lean catalysts in various forms. The catalyst materials as well as the solid carbon product formed are analyzed with in-depth in-situ and operando characterization. The study includes a multi-scale approach from single-catalyst particle up to reactor level with various characterization methods, including AFM-IR, IR, Raman, XAS, and X-ray tomography.