Assistant Prof. Charlotte Vogt


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Assistant Prof. Charlotte Vogt



Main energy field:

We focus on designing (spectroscopic) experimental toolsets tailored to answer particular questions in catalysis. All research in the group is driven by the energy transition. An example is trying to understand the active chemical pathways or active sites on CO2 reduction nanoparticular catalysts in order to make new catalysts or processes that are able to make more value-added products from carbon dioxide. Another example is gaining insight into how nanoparticles in the Haber Bosch process restructure under catalytic conditions, with the aim to make this process (the biggest single-process contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the chemical industry), more efficient. For these applications we develop experimental setups that are able to study these catalytic reactions with spectroscopy while they are happening, under challenging reaction conditions of sometimes up to 100 bar of pressure, or elevated temperatures up to 800 ˚C.


PhD – 2015-2019 – Utrecht University, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis (Highest Distinction)

MSc – 2013-2015 – Utrecht University, Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, and Business Management (Highest Distinction)

BSc – 2009-2013 – Utrecht University, Chemistry

Roles, Chairs, prizes etc.

Clara Immerwahr award for excellence in catalysis research by UniSysCat (2022)

Henri Gutwirth research prize (2022)

Forbes Europe ‘30 under 30’ lister (2021)

Niels Stensen Fellowship for outstanding young scientists with “exceptional social commitment” (2020)

Outstanding Female Scientist – Israel Vacuum Society and Intel (2019)

VATAT Fellowship for outstanding international students (2019)

Research Area in Energy:

Spectroscopy of catalytic reactions related to the energy transition (mainly electro and thermocatalysis, but also photo-, plasma- and homogeneous catalysis), from CO2 reduction to plastics depolymerization and ammonia synthesis, to clean diesel production from waste.

Research Interests:

Carbon dioxide conversion – Thermo- and electrocatalysis, homogeneous catalysis, socio(techno)economic analyses – From developing techniques and concepts for more efficient catalysts, to studying how the processes work in detail with spectroscopy, to macroeconomic analyses

Clean diesel production (Fischer Tropsch process) – Thermocatalytic conversion of biomass to clean diesel and waxes

Ammonia synthesis – The thermo- (Haber Bosch process) and electrocatalytic synthesis of ammonia

Fuel cells – Spectroelectrochemical studies of the oxygen reduction reaction, oxygen evolution reaction, hydrogen evolution reaction

Hydrogen production – Hydrogen evolution reaction, steam methane reforming, dry methane reforming

Selected Publications:

“The concept of the active site in heterogeneous catalysis” Charlotte Vogt and Bert M. Weckhuysen, Nature Chemistry Reviews, 2022, 6, 89-111.

Dynamic restructuring of supported metal nanoparticles and its implications for structure insensitive catalysis” Charlotte Vogt, Florian Meirer, Matteo Monai, Esther Groeneveld, Davide Ferri, Rutger A. van Santen, Maarten Nachtegaal, Raymond R. Unocic, Anatoly I. Frenkel, and Bert M. Weckhuysen Nature Communications, 2021, 12, 7096.

“Understanding carbon dioxide activation and carbon-carbon coupling over nickel”, Charlotte Vogt, Matteo Monai, Ellen B. Sterk, Jonas Palle, Bart Zijlstra, Esther Groeneveld, Peter H. Berben, Jelle Boereboom, Emiel J. M. Hensen, Florian Meirer, Ivo A. W. Filot, Bert M. Weckhuysen, Nature Communications, 2019, 10, 5330.

“The Renaissance of the Sabatier reaction and its applications on Earth and in space”, Charlotte Vogt, Matteo Monai, Gert Jan Kramer and Bert M. Weckhuysen, Nature Catalysis, 2019, 2, 188-197.

“Unravelling structure sensitivity in CO2 hydrogenation over nickel”, Charlotte Vogt, Esther Groeneveld, Gerda Kamsma, Maarten Nachtegaal, Li Lu, Christopher J. Kiely, Peter H. Berben, Florian Meirer, Bert M. Weckhuysen, Nature Catalysis, 2018, 1, 127-134.

“Capturing the genesis of an active Fischer–Tropsch synthesis catalyst with operando X‐ray nanospectroscopy”, Ilse K. van Ravenhorst*, Charlotte Vogt*, Koen Bossers, José G. Moya-Cancino, David Vine, Frank M. F. de Groot, Florian Meirer and Bert M. Weckhuysen, *Authors contributed equally to the work, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 11957-11962.