dr. K.H.R. Rouwenhorst (Kevin)

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An enthusiastic, open-minded engineer pursuing his PhD on plasma-enhanced catalytic ammonia synthesis at the University of Twente. Graduated from the University of Twente (MSc Chemical & Process Engineering).


Engineering & Materials Science
Earth & Environmental Sciences


Plasma-enhanced catalytic ammonia synthesis

Ammonia may be one of the energy carriers for the hydrogen economy. However, the activation of dinitrogen is difficult and the conventional ammonia synthesis occurs high temperatures and high pressures (400-500°C and 100-450 bar). Therefore, alternative technologies are studied, especially for small-scale, on-demand applications.

Plasma-enhanced catalysis is an emerging technology to overcome scaling relations in heterogeneous catalysis. The bond in dinitrogen can be activated by a plasma, allowing for milder ammonia synthesis conditions. However, plasma-catalyst interactions are complex and not well understood. In the current study, plasma-enhanced catalytic ammonia synthesis is studied from the catalysis perspective.


David, W. I. F., Agnew, G. D., Bañares-Alcántara, R., Barth, J., Hansen, J. B., Bréquigny, P., de Joannon, M., Fürstenberg Stott, S., Fürstenberg Stott, C., Guati-Rojo, A., Hatzell, M., MacFarlane, D. R., Makepeace, J. W., Mastorakos, E., Mauss, F., Medford, A. J., Mounaïm-Rousselle, C., Nowicki, D. A., Picciani, M. A., ... Valera-Medina, A. (2023). 2023 Roadmap on ammonia as a carbon-free fuel. Journal of Physics: Energy. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7655/ad0a3a
Saygin, D., Blanco, H., Boshell, F., Cordonnier, J. , Rouwenhorst, K. H. R., Lathwal, P., & Gielen, D. (2023). Ammonia Production from Clean Hydrogen and the Implications for Global Natural Gas Demand. Sustainability (Switzerland), 15(2), Article 1623. https://doi.org/10.3390/su15021623
Other Contributions
Rouwenhorst, K.H.R., Van der Ham, A.G.J., Mul, G., Kersten, S.R.A., Power-to-Ammonia-to-Power (P2A2P) for Local Electricity Storage in 2025, NH3 Fuel Conference. Oral Presentation. (2018)

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room ME363
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex  ME363
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7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands