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Prof. Dr. Erik Heeres

Erik H.J. Heeres (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

H.J. (Erik) Heeres carried out his Ph.D. research at the University of Groningen on the development of novel homogeneous lanthanide catalysts for the conversion of unsaturated hydrocarbons and graduated in 1990. Afterwards, he performed a post-doc at the University of Oxford in the group of Prof. J. M. Brown on asymmetric catalysis. From 1991-1999, he was employed at Shell Research B.V. (Amsterdam and Pernis, the Netherlands) and worked on a range of applied catalysis topics. He joined the chemical engineering department of the University of Groningen in 1999 as an assistant professor. In 2003 he was appointed here as a full professor in green chemical reaction engineering. His research interests concern acid- and metal-based catalytic biomass conversions, with an emphasis on biofuels (pyrolysis oil upgrading), platform chemicals and performance materials from biomass. The group is actively involved in national and international consortia). Heeres is the (co-) author of 130 papers in international peer reviewed journals and 12 patents in the field of (applied) catalysis and chemical reaction engineering

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