Marie Brands

Marie Brands

University of Amsterdam

Marie Brands


Homogeneous, Supramolecular & Bio-inspired Catalysis (van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences)

Contact information

Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam – room E1.36

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Key expertises

Artificial photosynthesis, dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells, molecular catalysis, proton/CO2 reduction, (photo)electrochemistry, synthesis

About me

Growing up on the countryside, I have always been surrounded by nature and appreciated its beauty, which laid the foundation for my passion for sustainable chemistry. I received my BSc and MSc degree in Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. In September 2018, I started my PhD in the Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-Inspired Catalysis (HomKat) group under the supervision of prof. Joost Reek, where I am working on artificial photosynthesis.

About my research

Artificial photosynthesis mainly aims to convert abundant feedstocks (i.e. water, carbon dioxide) into fuels, such as hydrogen or hydrocarbons, using light as energy source. To achieve this goal, a light-harvesting component should be combined with a proton/CO2 reduction catalyst and an electron supply (such as an electrode). Our approach is to use molecular components, since the activity, stability and selectivity of these are highly tunable. We synthesize, characterize and implement these components in devices (dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells), after which we study their efficiency in solar fuel production. We are interested in collaborations on (in-situ) characterization of molecules on surfaces.