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CAIA 2023 – Pre-register now!

November 26 @ 4:30 PM - December 1 @ 1:30 PM CET

Catalysis contributes 20-30% of the gross domestic products of industrialized countries. Catalysts play a vital role in the production of transportation fuels, bulk and fine chemicals in a sustainable way. Many more improvements are expected for the next years.

… 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.

 Topics to be discussed
 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

  • laboratory and advanced methods, incl. in situ and operando methods
  • 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
To be announced

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 26 November  (afternoon arrival) and ends Friday 1 December 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.

The pre-registration form is available here.
Only by invitation it is possible to register to the course officially. The number of participants is limited to 55.

A Certificate of Attendance is available. A Certificate of Proficiency is available for those who successfully pass the assessment.
Obtaining the Certificate of Proficiency is one of the requirements that needs 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.

Course fee
The course fee amounts to:

  Registration before Sept. 30 2023 Registration after Sept. 30 2023
Graduate students and postdocs working with NIOK members € 800 € 850
All other graduate students and postdocs € 1.100 € 1.200
All other participants* € 2.600 € 3.000

* VIRAN members can send one employee of a member company’s own staff at a reduced rate of € 850

The fee includes:

  •  (full board) accommodation (26 November arrival, 1 December departure);
  •  a copy of the book ‘Catalysis, an integrated approach‘;
  •  other course materials and hand-outs.

Cancellation fees
Cancellation fees are applicable:

  • cancellation between 29 October – 12 November: 50% of the course fee.
  • cancellation after 12 November: the full  fee will be charged.

Assessment of the NIOK CAIA course will be done based on case studies and a presentation. Throughout the week you will work in groups of 5-6 people on set case studies, i.e. catalysis problems given to you. At the end of the week, the case studies must be presented to the entire group. The case study and presentations will be assessed with pass/fail (and some feedback). For NIOK graduate students it is obligatory to take part and pass, to be able to obtain the NIOK Certificate of Proficiency certificate at the end of your PhD.

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



November 26 @ 4:30 PM CET
December 1 @ 1:30 PM CET