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 about 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


Applied catalysis

- catalytic reaction engineering

- preparation of catalyst supports

including zeolites

- preparation of supported catalysts

Fundamental catalysis

- chemical bonding to surfaces,

in metal complexes and in enzymes

- elementary reaction steps in catalysis

- kinetic and mechanistic processes of catalysis



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.

Catalyst characterization

- rapid screening techniques

and backgrounds

- spectroscopic techniques

- temperature programmed techniques

- adsorption methods


Course teachers

  Heterogeneous Catalysis    E. Hensen, Eindhoven University of Technology

  Homogeneous Catalysis            

Prof.dr. B. Klein Gebbink, Utrecht University

  Reaction Engineering & Kinetics F. Kapteijn, Delft University of Technology


Dr. F. Hollmann, Delft University of Technology

  Materials & Catalyst Preparation  

Prof.dr. K.P. de Jong, Utrecht University


Prof.dr. G. Mul, Twente University of Technology

  Industrial Catalysis                

To be announced

  Evening program                  

Prof.dr. J.H. Bitter, Wageningen UR


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 20 November  (afternoon arrival) and ends Friday 25 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 2017, in Utrecht. 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.

Number of participants

The number of participants is limited to 55.

Course fee

The course fee amounts to


before July 1st 2016

Final registration after Sept. 1st 2016

Graduate students and postdocs working with NIOK members

€ 650

€ 750

All other graduate students and postdocs

€ 1000

€ 1100

All other participants*

€ 2800

€ 3000

* VIRAN members can send one employee of a member company’s own staff at a reduced rate of € 650/750.

The fee includes:

 - (full board) accommodation (20 November

   arrival, 25 November departure)

 - several course materials and hand-outs, not including the book.


Cancellation fees

Cancellation fees are applicable:

- cancellation between 1 November –

  15 November: 50% of the course fee.

- cancellation after 15 November: the full

  fee will be charged.


Course leader  E. Hensen



Prof.dr. Kees Elsevier (course coordination)

Mrs. Ineke Weijer (organization)

HIMS, Universiteit van Amsterdam

P.O. Box 94157

1090 GD Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tel         +31 20 525 6454 (IW) or 5653  (KE)

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