Introduction

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NIOK, which stands for ‘Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek in de Katalyse’ (Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research), is a virtual institute consisting of Dutch University Groups active in all areas of catalysis. It is a nationwide graduate school (‘Onderzoekschool’) which fosters the advancement of both higher education and research and stimulates collaboration between scientists of different disciplines and Universities. NIOK acts as the platform and sparring partner for national and international contacts on catalysis with academia, industry and government. It was established in 1991 by the major catalysis groups of seven Dutch Universities.

Later, NIOK was recognised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and it is supported by an industrial advisory board VIRAN which consists of members from Dutch and multinational industries involved in many aspects of catalytic processes. In 2006 the Radboud University Nijmegen became a NIOK member.

An overview of NIOK’s activities in the 2006-2011 period can be found in the NIOK report “Excellerating Catalysis Education and Research“. A summary of the recent initiatives can be found in the NIOK Flyer.

Utrecht University hosts the coordination with Prof.dr.ir. Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University) as the scientific director and Prof.dr. Emiel Hensen (Eindhoven University of Technology) as the chairman of the board. NIOK, VIRAN and ACTS have combined offices in The Hague. Dr. Irene Hamelers is NIOK secretary and coordinates the NIOK day-to-day business.

Prof. Bert Weckhuysen

Scientific Director

Prof. Emiel Hensen

Chairman of the Board

For the members of NIOK follow this link.

Chairman of the Board of NIOK can be contacted through the following e-mail adress.

We are happy to assist in any catalysis-related issues.

Utrecht University NIOK office
51 Anna v. Saksenlaan
P.O. Box 93223
2509 AE The Hague
Phone: +31 70 3440 523