Bourke Award 2013 Winner


Professor Bert Weckhuysen
Professor Bert Weckhuysen
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

For his highly innovative contributions to the understanding of the functioning of catalytic solids using spectroscopic methods.

About the Winner


Bert Weckhuysen is a Distinguished Professor of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). He received his master degree in chemical and agricultural engineering from Leuven University (Belgium) in 1991.

After obtaining his PhD from Leuven University in 1995 under the supervision of Professor Schoonheydt, he has worked as a postdoc with Professor Wachs at Lehigh University (USA) and with Professor Lunsford at Texas A&M University (USA). Professor Weckhuysen is since October 1 2000 full Professor inorganic chemistry and catalysis at Utrecht University (The Netherlands).

The central research theme of the Weckhuysen group is the development of structure-activity relationships in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and materials science with special emphasis on the use of advanced spatiotemporal characterization techniques under in-situ conditions. 

His research has been honored with many awards, including the 2006 Gold Medal from the Royal Dutch Chemical Society, the 2007 DECHEMA Award from The Max Buchner Research Foundation (Germany), the 2009 Netherlands Catalysis and Chemistry Award, the 2009 Eminent Visitor Award of the Catalysis Society of South Africa, the 2011 Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis of the North American Catalysis Society, the 2012 International Catalysis Award of the International Association of Catalysis Societies and the 2013 Ipatieff Lectureship in Catalysis of the Northwestern University.

Professor Weckhuysen is scientific director of the Dutch Research School for Catalysis (NIOK), elected member of the European Academy of Science and Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


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