Societal and technological relevance
First of all, we feel that the impact of our research program can be judged on the quality of the people that we deliver to society. From our department many of our PhD's and postdoctoral fellows have entered prestigious industrial laboratories (e.g. Shell, BASF, ExxonMobil, Albemarle Catalysts, Sabic, Philips, Dow Chemical, Linde, Haldor Topsoe and Avantium) and many of them hold key positions that are still close to catalysis research and development. Several of our former PhD students and postdocs are now affiliated with universities and research institutes and climbing the academic ladder towards full professorship.
Second, the direct relevance of catalysis studies at the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group involves the efficient use of fossil resources, including natural gas and crude oil as well as the sustainable use of biomass and solar light for the production of fuels, base chemicals and materials. Essential topics are energy, resources and sustainability. This explains why we are working on a wide variety of topics, such as Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, catalytic biomass conversion, environmental catalysis and solar fuels production.
The relevance of our programs is highlighted by many contacts with industry, research institutes and governmental institutes. Patent applications are filed when appropriate with partners.