Applied Electrochemistry and Catalysis
Applied Electrochemistry and Catalysis


Ongoing projects:

Clusters for CO2 electrolyzers to Ethylene (CLUE)

CLUE aims to develop the next generation CO2 electrolyzers for sustainable production of ethylene with reduced carbon footprint by designing novel, selective and highly robust electrocatalysts using an innovative approach based on Cluster Beam Deposition (CBD) technology. For electrochemical conversion of CO2 to ethylene, stimulating results have recently been obtained mainly on copper-based catalysts, yielding relatively high Faradaic efficiency (FE…

Novel catalytic materials towards a combined photo and electrochemical conversion of CO2 to methanol

The negative impact of CO2 on climate change makes the decrease of anthropogenic CO2 emissions one of the biggest scientific challenges our current generation faces. One possible solution is the direct photo- or electrochemical conversion of CO2 to highly value-added products such as methanol, using merely H2O as proton source and renewable electricity as driving force. However, in the current…

Femtosecond pulsed laser micromachining for engineering materials and catalysis research

Through femtosecond pulsed laser micromachining a wide variety of materials such as ceramics (e.g. glass), hard metals (e.g. Hastelloy), and polymers can be processed with microscale resolution, offering innovation and beyond state-of-the-art research opportunities. To name a few, the planned research infrastructure would allow to tune the catalytic properties of surfaces, to enhance flow distribution, heat transfer and mass transfer…

Understanding the role of dopants as a key step towards efficient oxygen evolution catalysts (WEAVE)

Water electrolysis has since long been considered as a sustainable and scalable technology to generate green hydrogen, which is a promising candidate to store and liberate energy from. In order to increase the overall energy efficiency of this process, it is important to understand and improve the sluggish oxygen evolution reaction (OER) by developing more efficient electrocatalysts. Crucial in this…

Electrochemical conversion of CO2 to formic acid at elevated temperatures

One of the greatest challenges faced by our current generation is lowering the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions. The electrochemical CO2 reduction (ECR) provides a solution to this problem by utilizing CO2 in combination with renewable energy and convert it to valuable chemicals (here formic acid, FA). However, to make the process more…

Intensification of CO2 capture processes (CAPTIN-2)

While capture of CO2 is crucial to reduce CO2-emissions, the high cost and technological limitations of available technologies restrict their successful and general industrial deployment in the CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) context. Moreover, given the limited potential of carbon utilization (e.g. the use of CO2 for the production methanol and urea has a sequestration potential of only 0.5% of…

BE-HyFE Belgian Hydrogen Fundamental Expertise

BE-HyFE stands for Belgian Hydrogen Fundamental Expertise and reads like ‘beehive’, which is what we want to offer to our research community: an organized structure in which our researchers all work for a common goal, gathering expertise (instead of honey!), cross-pollinate one another with knowledge and – next to the focus on their own research topic – see their role…

Past projects:

Electron tomography combined with state-of-the-art electrochemistry to gain better insight into the role of the different components of the active layer in a CO2 electrolyzer

Renewable energy sources can offer a solution for excessive emissions of greenhouse gases and to the expected decrease in availability of fossil fuels in the near future. Both problems would find a common solution if we were able to develop energy-efficient processes to convert (low concentrated) CO2 streams into fuels and useful chemical products, ensuring a positive economic and environmental balance.