Lotte Metz

PhD candidate
University of Amsterdam

About myself  

I’ve moved more often than the number of fingers on my hands, but have spent most of my formative years in and around Culemborg and Utrecht. I’m a big fan of being on the water, mostly by sail, but I also enjoy rowing and canoeing. Aside from this I enjoy baking, cooking, singing, listening to all sorts of music and reading books.

At the moment I work on

I started within CBBC in November 2018, under the supervision of prof. Joost Reek (UvA) to investigate novel ways for preparing nanoparticles with high precision, by exploring supramolecular self-assembly strategies. The project is part of a flagship program within ARC-CBBC named ‘fundamentals of catalysis’, which is dedicated to unravelling the fundamental structure-activity relationships of nanosized catalysts for hydrogenation reactions.

The size, structure and composition are essential to the characteristics of nanoparticles. However, common particle synthesis methods generally result in a statistical mixture of different sizes. For this reason, the goal of this project is to synthesize a ‘molecular mold’, which can facilitate precise control on particle formation, so we can find out which particle size performs best.

As a researcher I am passionate about

What drives me in doing research, is constantly learning something new. Even experiments that did not turn out as you hoped can still be great fun, if you can find out exactly what happened. This is also why this project excites me a lot, it embodies many disciplines.

Within ARC CBBC, I wish to accomplish

Within ARC-CBBC I hope to contribute a small piece to expanding the possibilities of precise nanoparticle preparation and understanding their reactivity. If we can gain more understanding on how to tune the activity in hydrogenation reactions, this could aid in the improvement production processes such as fragrances, nylon or pharmaceuticals.