Sebastian Haben

Sebastian Haben

PhD candidate
Utrecht University

Sebastian Haben


Inorganic Chemistry

Contact information

Vening Meineszgebouw C – 2nd floor

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Key expertises

Heterogeneous catalysis, operando spectroscopy, data analysis, coding

About me

I was born in Germany near Munich where also obtained both my Bachelors and Masters degree at the Technical University of Munich. At the beginning of 2019 I started with my PhD in the group of Prof. B. M. Weckhuysen.

About my research

Methane is a cheap and abundant carbon feedstock which has the potential to become the source for lower olefins and aromatics in an atom- and energy-efficient way. The Methane dehydroaromatization (MDA) reaction is especially suitable for this task, as methane transformation is achieved without any oxidants, resulting in excluding the greenhouse gas CO2 as a reaction product and instead producing hydrogen. Unfortunately, the catalyst usually used for the MDA reaction suffers from rapid deactivation due to coking. Within this project I aim to utilize and develop various operando techniques to gain fundamental insight into the working catalyst to increase its activity and stability.