After obtaining a MSc degree in Applied Physics in 2011, I started my PhD at the PCS group at the University of Twente, where I focused on the applications of photodeposition of cocatalytic nanoparticles on photocatalytic materials, specifically platinum on tungsten oxide. In 2016, I obtained my PhD degree. After spending a postdoctoral position at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, I returned in 2018 to the PCS group for my next postdoc. Currently, I am working on the electrochemical anodic production of hydrogen peroxide.
(Photo)electrochemical water splitting is a promising, renewable method to produce hydrogen, which can be used as a green fuel. Regretfully, production of hydrogen through ‘classic’ (P)EC water splitting is financially not competitive with hydrogen production from steam methane reforming. A strategy to lower the hydrogen price is by addressing the product formed at the anode. In ‘classic’ PEC water splitting, oxygen is generated as a ‘waste’ product, which hardly has any financial value. When such oxygen is replaced with a commodity chemical, the hydrogen price can be significantly reduced.
In my research, I focus on the selective electrochemical oxidation of water to form hydrogen peroxide as a financially rewarding product at the anode. Hydrogen peroxide is used amongst others as a bleaching agent, as a disinfectant or for chemical synthesis applications. Here, we perform research on obtaining high selectivity and high production values of hydrogen peroxide through materials engineering, electrolyte evaluation and reactor engineering. Furthermore, we model the techno-economics of different situations where hydrogen peroxide is produced to elucidate financial consequences.