Jan den Hollander

Jan den Hollander

PhD candidate
Utrecht University

Jan den Hollander


Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis (ICC)

Contact information

Vening Meinesz building – Open office 2.06

Email address

Key expertises

Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis

About me

I was born in Rotterdam, then temporarily moved to Darmstadt (DE) but ended up to live in Schoonhoven for most of my life. In Utrecht, I studied Chemistry (BSc) and Nanomaterials Science (MSc), during which I mostly practiced electrochemistry and spectroscopy. To broaden my horizon, I started a PhD in a different subject: catalyst deactivation during steam methane reforming. In my free time, I like to play football, play video games, play ukulele or practice the guitar.

About my research

In my research, honeycomb-type catalyst materials (often used in automotive industry) loaded with platinum group metals (PGM) are explored to improve compatibility with smaller steam methane reforming (SMR) reactors. The goal is two-fold: researching different catalysts’ performances and developing in situ and operando techniques for these monolithic structures to monitor coke formation and metal sintering during SMR to gain a better understanding of deactivation processes.

One interesting (but challenging) technique that I want to explore is Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS) – also used in security screening – to measure coke formation at different locations in the monolithic structure from the outside of the support.