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17 – 22 November 2019: CAIA COURSE 2019

November 17, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - November 22, 2019 @ 12:30 PM CET

Date   : 17 – 22 November 2019
Venue : Hotel van der Werff, Schiermonnikoog

…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: TBA
Homogeneous Catalysis: Prof.dr. B. Klein Gebbink, Utrecht University
Reaction Engineering & Kinetics: Prof.dr. E. Heeres, Groningen University
Biocatalysis: Prof. dr. U. Hanefeld, Delft University of Technologyy
Materials & Catalyst Preparation: TBA, Utrecht University
Characterization/Spectroscopy: Prof.dr. G. Mul, TwenteUniversity
Case Study/ Biomass (Evening Program): Prof.dr. J. H. Bitter, Wageningen University
Industrial Catalysis: P. Buwalda, Avebe


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 17 November (afternoon arrival) and ends Friday 22 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 2020, location t.b.a. 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.

Registration after after 15 September 2019:
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 (17 November arrival, 22 November departure);
– a copy of the book ‘Catalysis, an integrated approach’;
– other course materials and hand-outs.

Cancellation fees
Cancellation fees are applicable:
– cancellation between 22 October – 5 November: 50% of the course fee.
– cancellation after 5 November: the full fee will be charged.

Course leader
Prof.dr. M. Tromp, Groningen University

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


November 17, 2019 @ 5:00 PM CET
November 22, 2019 @ 12:30 PM CET
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NIOK Office


Hotel Van der Werff/Dorpshuis Schiermonnikoog
Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands