Understanding shape selective catalysis through a quantitative approach

The transformation of hydrocarbons by zeolite catalysts will remain a crucial technology for the coming decades while (and for) arriving at a situation in which green sources are primarily used for the production of chemicals and fuels. One of the key aspects in this project is to obtain a fundamental understanding on how the “surrounding” (or “medium”) influences the properties of small molecules, and how this understanding of confinement can be exploited to design an optimal material for a given application. A molecular understanding of adsorption, desorption, and diffusion phenomena will be useful for other research projects at ARC-CBBC, e.g. the production and separation of small molecules such as CO, CO2, ethylene, and methanol using (micro)porous materials. The proposed research falls under the themes of “functional materials & specialties” to enable lowering our ecological footprint, and the “energy carriers” research theme by reducing the energy need of catalytic processes.


Thijs Vlugt

Professor of Engineering thermodynamics
Delft University of Technology

Shrinjay Sharma

PhD candidate
Delft University of Technology