Dr. Matthijs A. van Spronsen, M.Sc.
Researcher in chemical reactions on interfaces & surfaces

Current position: postdoctoral fellow, Prof. Dr. Miquel B. Salmeron, LBNL


Previous position

Since the end of March, 2016, I have been working as a research fellow in the group of Prof. Dr. Cynthia M. Friend at the department of chemistry & biological chemistry at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. My main focus is the prepare and perform synchrotron measurements at (near) ambient pressure (AP) using X-ray photoelectron (XPS) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The first project I worked on was the selective oxidation of methanol by nanoporous Au, which is a diluted alloy containing a small fraction of Ag and was performed both the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley and the Standford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

In the upcoming beam team, we will focus on dehydrogrenation of alcohols using nanoporous Cu catalysts using AP XPS at the National Synchrotron Light Source II at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

In addition, I am performing a set of surface science experiments using vacuum XPS, low-energy electron diffraction, and temperature-programmed desorption/reaction to study selective hydrogenation reactions on diluted Ag alloys promoted by Pd.

All work is supported by the Energy Frontier Research Center: "Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis", which is a collaboration between research groups at Harvard University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tufts University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and others.