Emiel Hensen, Prof. Dr.

Full professor Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Tentative title 
The research of Hensen focuses on the fundamental and applied aspects of catalyzed reactions relevant to clean and sustainable processes for the production of fuels and chemicals with the aim to identify active sites and understand reaction mechanism. The working approach is to apply advanced (in-situ) characterization methods on as realistic as possible model systems combined with theoretical modeling (DFT, microkinetics) and performance testing (kinetics, high-throughput methods, transient techniques) to guide the design and synthesis of nanoscopically organized and chemically functionalized catalytic solid materials. The materials explored include primarily highly structured microporous and mesoporous materials containing reactive centers such as protons, metal ions and metal, metal oxide and metal sulfides clusters. Applications are directed towards the improvement of current industrial chemical processes and novel processes based on renewable feedstock such as biomass. Catalytic target reactions are methane activation, Fischer-Tropsch catalysis, environmental catalysis, zeolite catalysis, conversion of biogenic molecules such as sugars and lignin, metal-support cooperativity in selective oxidation, CO2 reduction and photocatalysis. 


Emiel Hensen received his PhD degree from Eindhoven University in 2000. After a short stint at the University of Amsterdam, he returned to Eindhoven as an assistant professor in 2001, where he was promoted to associate professor in 2008. From 2006–2008 he was a visiting research scientist at the Shell Research and Technology Center Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Hensen was appointed full professor of inorganic materials and catalysis in 2009. He was a visiting professor at Hokkaido University in 2016. He is member of the Dutch excellence program Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion, elected member of the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium and chairman of the Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research (NIOK).  

Selected publications:
  • N. Kosinov, F. J. A. G. Coumans, E. A. Uslamin, F. Kapteijn and E. J. M. Hensen, ‘Selective Coke Combustion by Oxygen Pulsing During Mo/ZSM‐5‐Catalyzed Methane Dehydroaromatization’, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55 (2016) 15086–15090 (IF=15.3)
  • N. Kosinov, A. S. G. Wijpkema, E. Uslamin, R. Rohling, F. J. A. G. Coumans, B. Mezari, A. Parastaev, A. S. Poryvaev, M. V. Fedin, E. A. Pidko and E. J. M. Hensen, 'Confined Carbon Mediating Dehydroaromatization of Methane over Mo/ZSM-5', Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57 (2018) 1016–1020 (cover) (IF=15.3)
  • J. X. Liu, Y. Su, I. A. W. Filot and E. J. M. Hensen, ’A linear scaling relation for CO oxidation on CeO2-supported Pd’, Journal of the American Chemical Society 140 (2018) 4580–4587 (cover) (IF=16.4)
  • P. Wang, W. Chen, F. Chiang, A. I. Dugulan, Y. Song, R. Pestman K. Zhang, J. Yao, B. Feng, P. Miao, W. Xu and E. J. M. Hensen, ‘Synthesis of stable and low-CO2 selective ε-iron carbide Fischer-Tropsch catalysts’, Science Advances 4 (2018) eaau2947. (IF=14.1)
  • N. Kosinov, E. A. Uslamin, L. Meng, A. Parastaev, Y. Liu and E. J. M. Hensen, 'Reversible Nature of Coke Formation on Mo/ZSM-5 Methane Dehydroaromatization Catalysts' Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58 (2019) 7068–7072 (IF=15.3)
  • X.I. Pereira Hernandez, A. DeLaRiva, V. Muravev, D. Kunwar, H. Xiong, B. Sudduth, M. Engelhard, L. Kovarik, E.J.M. Hensen, Y. Wang, and A. Datye, 'Tuning Pt-CeO2 interactions by high-temperature vapor-phase synthesis for improved reducibility of lattice oxygen', Nature Communications 10 (2019) 1358 (IF=14.9)
  • X. Tian, X. Zhao, Y.-Q. Su, L. Wang, H. Wang, D. Dang, B. Chi, H. Liu, E. J. M. Hensen, X. Wen Lou and B. Yu Xia, ‘Engineering Bunched Pt-Ni Alloy Nanocages for Efficient Oxygen Reduction in Practical Fuel Cells’, Science 366 (2019) 850–856 (IF=47.7)
  • A. Parastaev, V. Muravev, E. Huertas Osta, A.J.F. van Hoof, T. F. Kimpel, N. Kosinov and E. J. M. Hensen, 'Boosting CO2 hydrogenation via size-dependent metal-support interactions in cobalt/ceria-based catalysts', Nature Catalysis 3 (2020) 526–533 (cover) (IF=40.7)
  • V. Muravev, G. Spezzati, Y. Su, A. Parastaev , F. Chiang, A. Longo, C. Escudero, N. Kosinov and E. J. M. Hensen, 'Interface dynamics of Pd-CeO2 single-atom catalysts during CO oxidation', Nature Catalysis 4 (2021) 469–478 (IF=40.7).
  • V. Muravev, J. F. M. Simons, A. Parastaev, M. A. Verheijen, J. J. C Struijs, N. Kosinov, and E. J. M. Hensen, 'Operando Spectroscopy Unveils the Catalytic Role of Different Palladium Oxidation States in CO Oxidation on Pd/CeO2 Catalysts', Angewandte Chemie 23 (2022) e202200434 (cover) (IF=15.3)