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A.C. Sustronk MSc (Anne)

PhD Candidate

About Me

From October 2017 onwards I'm working as a PhD student in the Films in Fluids group (FiF) of prof. dr. Nieck Benes and in the Photocatalytic Synthesis group (PCS) of Prof. dr. Guido Mul. My focus is on understanding and optimizing the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide using copper hollow fibers.

Research

The demand for processes that efficiently convert CO2 into chemicals is increasing. A promising method is the electrochemical conversion of CO2 to reduce the emission of CO2 to the environment, as well as  to utilize (waste) CO2 as a feedstock. This electrochemical conversion is requires a catalyst which has to be efficient, stable and be able to reduce CO2 at high current densities and low overpotentials. Previous work at the UT has resulted in the development of a catalyst that exhibits high faradaic efficiencies. The focus of current research is on understanding how this catalyst works and on optimizing it.

Education

I've received my bachelor as well as my master degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Twente. During my bachelor assignment I've worked on the use of formic acid as reducing agent for the selective reduction of nitrates and nitrites to nitrogen in the Catalytic Processes and Materials group of Prof. dr. Leon Lefferts. For my master assignment I moved to the Membrane Science and Technology cluster where I worked in the group of Prof. dr. Erik Roesink on the effect of process conditions on the retention of polyelectrolyte multilayer modified hollow fiber membranes.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room ME236B
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex  ME236B
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands