Operando Micro-Spectroscopy of Coke Formation in Methane Dry Reforming Catalysis

The research on dry reforming of methane is a typical example in which two small molecules, namely CH4 and CO2, are used as feedstock molecules for the production of important base chemicals. This ambition is in the core of one of the ARC CBBC themes, namely small molecule activation, aiming for developing new or improved chemical technologies for creating a more sustainable future. Furthermore, an important toolbox for catalyst research will be expanded and strengthened by introducing time-gated Raman spectroscopy as a powerful operando tool thereby positively contributing to the ARC CBBC pillars of functional materials (i.e., solid catalysts) as well as fundamentals of catalysis (new insights in small molecule activation processes).

Sofie Ferwerda

PhD candidate
Utrecht University

Bert Weckhuysen

Professor of Inorganic chemistry and catalysis
Utrecht University