The PhotoCatalytic Synthesis (PCS) group

The PCS (PhotoCatalytic Synthesis) group is part of the MESA+ Institute for nanotechnology and the faculty of science and technology of the University of Twente. The research program is aimed at the development of innovative materials and concepts for photo- and electrocatalytic reactions with high efficiency.

The focus of the research program is on the conversion of solar or electrical energy into chemical energy, i.e. to drive thermodynamically uphill reactions such as the conversion of CO2 and the splitting of water. The research activities of PCS are an integral part of the ambitions of the MESA+ institute to contribute to the energy transition of The Netherlands and Europe, with focus on the design, development and optimization of materials, interfaces and devices.

Furthermore, the PCS group focuses on purification of waste streams, including contaminated water or air. Solutions based on both, electrocatalytic (water) and photocatalytic technology (water and air), are developed.

Finally, industrial chemistry is included in the research portfolio, with emphasis on methane activation (photocatalysis) and chlorate production (electrochemistry).

Latest news

Solar to products program

Two proposals of the PCS group has been granted ... read more

Three-dimensional porous hollow fibre copper electrodes for efficient and high-rate electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction

PCS group publishes in Nature Communications! ... read more

PhD defense Kasper Wenderich

Kasper Wenderich will have his defense on 18th March 2016 .... ... read more

PhD defense Rezvaneh Amrollahi Buky

Rezvaneh Amrollahi Buky will have her defense on 26th February 2016 .... ... read more