Suzan Schoemaker

Suzan Schoemaker

Utrecht University

Suzan Schoemaker


Materials Chemistry and Catalysis, Debye Institute for Nanomaterial Science, Chemistry Department

Contact information

David de Wiedgebouw, 4th floor.

Email address

Key expertises

Heterogeneous catalysis, Catalyst preparation, Methane decomposition, Carbon nanotubes

About me

I was born in Zwolle, which is a city in the east of the Netherlands. After finishing high school, I moved to Utrecht to start my bachelors in Chemistry at Utrecht University. After that, I did the master Analytical Chemistry at the UvA/VU. In my spare time, I like to play tennis, go for walks and play with my parents’ dog.

About my research

The aim of my PhD-project is to design of bimetallic catalysts for the decomposition of methane into hydrogen while growing carbon nanomaterials. Although methane is currently a very low-cost and abundant feedstock, using it directly as a fuel is often unwanted due to the associated CO2 emissions. Decomposition into renewable hydrogen (which can be used as a clean fuel itself) and valuable carbon materials could be an interesting alternative. We would like to understand the influence of the composition, particle size, surface properties, morphology and initial spatial distribution of the catalyst on the growth of the carbon nanostructures to tune structure of the end-product, their density and mechanical properties.