Maarten Buitelaar was born on 6th of June in Borne, a small town in Twente. In 2013, he started his Bachelor of Science in Advantaged Technology. He joined the MCS group during his bachelor assignment at the end of the Bsc in the early days of 2016. He proceeded the research where Dr. Ir. Hamid Emadi has left, in the field of photoanodes for solar water splitting.