Kelly Brouwer

Kelly Brouwer

PhD candidate
Utrecht University

Kelly Brouwer


Soft Condensed Matter, Debye Institute for Nanomaterial Science

Contact information

Leonard S. Ornstein laboratorium

Email address

Key expertises

Nanoparticle synthesis, Electron microscopy, Material science, Heterogeneous catalysis

About me

I received my BSc in Chemistry and MSc in Nanomaterials Science at Utrecht University. In my education I focused on material science, including colloidal synthesis and material characterization. My curiosity for science and enthusiasm for lab work led me to begin a PhD in October 2019. I started my PhD research in the Soft Condensed Matter research group at Utrecht University under the supervision of prof. dr. Alfons van Blaaderen, studying the fundamentals of catalysis by designing catalyst particles with nanometer-precision.

About my research

This research combines the synthesis of nanomaterials and electron microscopy characterization. The goal of this project is to prepare and study nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysis with ultimate control on particle size, location and distribution. For this, we work synthesize monodisperse nanoparticles of materials relevant as support material (silica and graphene) and catalytically active nanoparticles like bimetallic Ni-Pd. By structuring nanoparticles into so-called supraparticles using self-assembly, we achieve control on multiple length scales. Using this approach, we prepare well-defined mesoporous nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysis.