Emiel Hensen new chairman of the NIOK board

22. 10. 2012 | admin

The  Board of NIOK has appointed Prof. Emiel Hensen as its new chairman. The appointment will take effect on 9 October 2012. Hensen succeeds Prof. dr. Dieter Vogt, who has been chairman ofthe NIOK board since January 2005, and will move from the Technical University of Eindhoven to the University of Edinbugh in November 2012.


Emiel Hensen, born in Geleen (The Netherlands) in 1971, received his master degree in chemical engineering and chemistry from Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) in 1994. He obtained his PhD from the same university in the field of molecular heterogeneous catalysis under the supervision of Prof. Rutger van Santen and Prof. Rob van Veen. He then took up an assistant professor position with Prof. Berend Smit at University of Amsterdam. In 2001 he returned to Eindhoven University of Technology as an assistant professor. 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 is since July 2009 full professor inorganic materials chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is a visiting professor at Leuven University since 2001.

Hensen is the (co)author of some 100 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, several articles in national journals and 5 book contributions. He obtained the prestigious VENI-STW NWO and VIDI-STW NWO grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for his research work in 2003 and 2007 and a Casimir grant in 2005. Hensen is board member of the Netherlands Research School for Catalysis (NIOK) and affiliated to the National Research School Combination on Catalysis (NRSC-C).

The Hensen group focuses on the generation of scientific and technological knowledge in the field of catalyst systems relevant to the development of clean and sustainable processes for the production of fuels and chemicals. Modern concepts of catalysis are used to design catalysts to use current and future feedstocks in an as sustainable manner as possible with minimum environmental burden and energy consumption. Focus is on the synthesis of complex catalyst systems containing well-designed catalytically active ensembles and structured at various length scales to optimize reaction and diffusion. Applications are directed towards the improvement of current industrial processes, transition technologies involving natural gas and the implementation of novel processes using renewable feedstocks such as biomass and carbon dioxide.