21-23 June 2017: Characterization in Catalysis Research

30. 5. 2017 | Susan

Under the auspices of NIOK a 3-day course on the characterization of solid catalysts is organized at the University of Twente from 21 to 23 June 2017.

The course covers modern in-situ techniques to study heterogeneous catalysts. The emphasis of the course will be on characterization of industrial heterogeneous catalysts by means of spectroscopy, microscopy and diffraction.

In addition, some attention will be given to important model systems such as single-crystal surfaces, and particles on planar supports.

The number of participants is limited to 60. The fee includes the course book “Spectroscopy in Catalysis”, course material, coffee/tea, 3 lunches and 1 diner and amounts to:
- € 300,- for participants from academia
- € 850,- for industrial participants

It is possible to book a hotel room in conference hotel Drienerburght, where the course will be held.

Registration and payment can be done online: https://www.utwente.nl/ccr-course/ Hotel reservation can be done via http://www.drienerburght.nl Deadline for registration : 10 June 2017

Click here for the flyer

26 February - 3 March 2017: Catalysis, An Integrated Approach (CAIA course)

20. 1. 2017 | Susan

Date   : 26 February - 3 March 2017
Venue : Schiermonnikoog

For  more information and registration please click here.

19-24 November 2017: Catalysis, An Integrated Approach (CAIA course)

3. 6. 2016 | Susan

Date   : 19 - 24 November 2017
Venue : Schiermonnikoog. Information on directions will be uploaded soon.

Download the CAIA course flyer here.

…a fascinating discipline
NIOK, the Dutch school of research in catalysis, with some 200 PhD students involved in research, offers the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into various aspects of this fascinating discipline: fundamental, theoretical, homogeneous, heterogeneous, industrial catalysis and biocatalysis. The main theme of this course is the molecular approach of catalysis in view of its applications, from catalyst preparation and characterization to reactor engineering.

Target audience
The course is designed for graduates and polytechnic (HBO) levels, either as a first introduction or as a refresher course. Especially graduates preparing a doctoral dissertation related to catalysis are potential attendants, but also those who are already working in industry and feel the need to deepen their insights into catalytic processes.

Subjects to be treated
Introductory part
- history of catalysis: homogeneous, heterogeneous and biocatalysis
- chemical and technological aspects of a number of important industrial processes.
These processes will also form the framework for the subjects to be treated in the fundamental and
applied parts of the course.
- chemical kinetics of catalyzed reactions

Fundamental catalysis
- chemical bonding to surfaces, in metal complexes and in enzymes
- elementary reaction steps in catalysis
- kinetic and mechanistic processes of catalysis

Applied catalysis
- catalytic reaction engineering
- preparation of catalyst supports including zeolites
- preparation of supported catalysts

Catalyst characterization
- rapid screening techniques and backgrounds
- spectroscopic techniques
- temperature programmed techniques
- adsorption methods

Modern developments seen from two angles:
- from the process technology side: more efficient and cleaner processes
- from the theoretical side: development of fundamental catalysis towards an independent science
within chemistry and physics.

Course teachers
Heterogeneous Catalysis - Prof. dr. ir. L. Lefferts, University of Twente
Homogeneous Catalysis - Prof. dr. E. Bouwman, Leiden University
Reaction Engineering & Kinetics - Prof.dr.ir. F. Kapteijn, Delft University of Technology
Biocatalysis - Prof. dr. U. Hanefeld, Delft University of Technology
Materials & Catalyst Preparation - Prof. dr. P. E. de Jongh, Utrecht University
Characterization/Spectroscopy - Dr. M. Tromp, University of Amsterdam
Industrial Catalysis - to be announced
Evening program - Prof. dr. J. H. Bitter, Wageningen University

Place and time
The course is held on the island Schiermonnikoog. The lectures take place in “Het Dorpshuis”, Torenstreek 18a.
Lodging is in Hotel Van der Werff, Reeweg 2, Schiermonnikoog.
The course starts Sunday 19 November (afternoon arrival) and ends Friday 24 November after lunch.

The text book will be ‘Catalysis, an integrated approach‘, edited by Prof.dr. U. Hanefeld and Prof.dr.ir. L. Lefferts, with contributions from many experts.

There will be a test early 2018, in Utrecht. The test is obligatory for NIOK graduates. There are a number of requirements for obtaining the Certificate of Proficiency, one of them being completing the CAIA test. Consulting the text book during the test is permitted. (’open book test’).

A Certificate of Attendance is available. A Certificate of Proficiency is available for those who successfully take the test.
Obtaining the Certificate of Proficiency is one of the requirements that need to be met before NIOK graduates can apply for a NIOK diploma accompanying their doctor’s degree certificate. For the complete set of requirements please contact the NIOK office or ask your supervisor.

For (pre)registration (digital only) please click here.

Course fee
Registration before  15 September, 2017:
Graduate students and postdocs working with NIOK members € 650
All other graduate students and postdocs  € 1000
All other participants*  € 2800

Registration after after 15 September 2017:
Graduate students and postdocs working with NIOK members € 700
All other graduate students and postdocs € 1100
All other participants*  € 3000
* VIRAN members have the right to send one employee of a member company’s own staff at a reduced rate of € 650/750.

The fee includes:
- (full board) accommodation (19 November arrival, 24 November departure);
- several course materials and hand-outs, not including the book

Cancellation fees
Cancellation fees are applicable:
- cancellation between 23 October – 8 November: 50% of the course fee.
- cancellation after 8 November: the full fee will be charged.

Course leader
Prof.dr ir L. Lefferts, University of Twente

Prof.dr. Kees Elsevier (course coordination)
Mrs. Ineke Weijer (organization)
HIMS University of Amsterdam
P.O. Box 94157
1090 GD  Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel   +31 20 525 6454 (IW) or 5653 (KE)
E-mail: caia-science[@]uva.nl

General Info: Advanced Catalysis Engineering

26. 2. 2010 | Susan

Advanced Catalysis Engineering, NIOK Course

organised by Catalysis Engineering, ChemE-TUDelft i.c.w. TUDelft Institute for Process Technology.The course is scheduled from 30 November - 4 December 2015 (theory) and 11 December 2015 (case study presentations).

It is the mission of NIOK, the institute for research and education in catalysis to bring together specialists from various backgrounds in special courses. In NIOK’s Special Course ‘Advanced Catalysis Engineering’ an integral approach of catalysis and engineering is presented with the goal to provide the essential tools for new process concepts and future catalytic technologies.

Topics include structured catalysts and reactors, catalyst selection, kinetics and stability/deactivation, novel reactor types, and modeling, process intensification, reactor selection strategies, and recently developed industrial cases.

The course comprises two weeks:
- The first week will be completely devoted to lecturing (including some evenings).
- The second week participants may work on a challenging case at home to renew or invent an industrial catalytic process, and present their results after that week.

The teachers are internationally reputed specialists in catalysis and engineering, with an extensive industrial and academic background.

Because of the character of this course, the number of participants will be limited. This is, however, beneficial for the contact between teachers and participants.

Who should attend?
The Special Course is aimed at those active in the application of catalysis: the interface where catalysis and engineering meet. Researchers, scientists and engineers from academia, industry, and other organizations will be provided with the state of the art knowledge and experience in this area.

Basic knowledge on reactor theory and (heterogeneous) catalysis is required (The engineering and kinetics topics of NIOK’s course ‘Integrated approach…’ should be reviewed).

More information will follow soon.

Please click here to download the circular with the final course program.
ACE2015 brochure

General Info: Master Course on Biocatalysis

26. 2. 2010 | Susan

Set-up for a Delft-Nijmegen NIOK Master Course on Biocatalysis.

Download course flyer 
Date: 17-18 & 24-25 January 2013
Venue: TU Delft & RU Nijmegen

Learning targets
At the end of the course, the student will have an overview of the newest developments in the area of biocatalysis; catalyst design, characterization, and synergy with homogeneous catalysis (biomimetics). In addition the student should be able to formulate his/her own research questions and be able to present his/her own research topic.

Knowledge required:
Organic Chemistry; Biochemistry; Catalysis; Biocatalysis or Bioconversion technology (Delft and Leiden students); Chemical Biology (Nijmegen students); Biocatalysis course (Amsterdam, Groningen, Utrecht).

This course is therefore a so-called ‘kop-cursus” on top of existing lectures in biocatalysis or related topics. This course is scheduled for 17-18 + 24-25 January 2013:

  • 2 x 2 days (2d Delft, 2d Nijmegen) in consecutive weeks end of January 2013.
  • Students from elsewhere stay 1 night in a hotel.
  • Course in faculty building.
  • To be repeated annually if successful
  • 4 topics, each to be treated on a day