Department of Chemistry

College of Letters & Science
Ive Hermans

Email address: hermans@chem.wisc.edu

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B.S. 2000, Leuven University (KU Leuven); M.Sc. 2002, Leuven University (KU Leuven); Ph.D. 2006, Leuven University (KU Leuven); Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich, 2007-08; Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich, 2008-13

Also: Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

John and Dorothy Vozza Professor of Chemistry

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Research Description

The Hermans Group is a multidisciplinary team, focusing on both fundamental and applied aspects of sustainable chemistry and catalysis. Topics of interest include:

-Synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts
-Immobilization of homogeneous catalysts
-Catalytic and kinetic studies
-Unravelling of reaction mechanisms
-(In situ) spectroscopy (Infrared, Raman, UV-Vis)
-Reactions in supercritical fluids and expanded liquid phases
-Use of renewable resources
-Quantum-chemical and theoretical kinetic calculations
-Reaction engineering
-High-pressure reaction technology

Considering the present challenges, our research group focuses on sustainable chemistry and catalysis:

-Understanding the mechanisms of catalytic transformations
-Viable use of renewable platform molecules
-Design of energy efficient processes

Our interests range from purely mechanistic understandings of catalytic reactions to the design of applied catalytic systems. In order to contribute to these challenges, we use state-of-the-art equipment and set-ups.

Awards and Honors

Emerging Researcher, ACS Division of Energy and Fuel Chemistry 2014
Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award 2017
ExxonMobil Chemical European Science and Engineering Award 2009
Incentive Award, Comité van Beheer van het Bulletin des Sociétés Chimiques Belges 2007
Laureate, International DSM Awards for Chemistry and Technology 2006

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