Rens Ham

Rens Ham

PhD candidate
University of Amsterdam

Rens Ham


Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-Inspired Catalysis

Contact information

E1.12, Science Park 904, Amsterdam

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Key expertises

Homogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, supramolecular assemblies

About me

I was raised in Vessem, a small village surrounded by the woods near Eindhoven. I went to Amsterdam to study Chemistry where I received my BSc and MSc degrees as joint degree between VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. In January 2022, I started a PhD at the University of Amsterdam in the group of prof. Joost Reek within the ARC CBBC program. Besides chemical research, I enjoy indoor football, running, board games and spending time with friends and family.

About my research

My research focuses on developing new photochemical reactions using supramolecular approaches to induce selectivity and overcome diffusion limitations. Using light as reagent allows for reactive intermediates while being environmentally more friendly than existing methods. In particular, I am interested in the effects of pre-organization on photochemically induced electron transfer and the selectivity thereof. Understanding this process allows for the rational design of photocatalysts based on more abundant materials with increased efficiency and selectivity.