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Research

Our research focuses on figuring out the details of how catalysts and (catalytic) reactions work. It’s always surprising to me that catalysis – which influences a third of the global gross domestic product – is generally employed empirically, often without any significant degree of fundamental understanding. A big reason for that is that the reactions are incredibly complex, with a cohort of important events all happening at the same time. Finding ways to study them, under realistic conditions, in spite (or rather, making use of) of their complexity is the aim of my group. To figure out how they work, so that we can eventually make those processes better in a bottom-up fashion, or to help invent the new ones that are necessary to bridge the energy, climate, and materials crises that our global society are facing.

An example of a reaction that we study is the conversion of carbon dioxide to valuable chemicals and fuels over catalysts. To study these types of reactions we develop special spectroscopic methodologies (a combination of specific experimental designs, state-of-the-art spectroscopy, and multivariate analyses) which will allow us to study details of the catalysts that we couldn’t study before.

Biography

Charlotte Vogt was born in Utrecht, and raised in Houston, Texas. After she obtained her Bachelor in Chemistry, and Masters in Science (Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis) and Business Management at Utrecht University (with Highest Distinctions), she also commenced her doctoral degree there in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation focused on fundamental concepts in catalysis, with a strong focus on the conversion of CO2 to useful materials. In December 2018 she obtained a VATAT fellowship for “outstanding international students” to perform part of her PhD research in Israel, at the Weizmann Institute for Science with dr. Baran Eren and prof.dr. Ronny Neumann. Here she was named Outstanding Female Scientist of 2019, awarded by the Israel Vacuum Society (IVS) and Intel Israel for her “outstanding early career achievements”, and a Niels Stensen Fellowship. She received her PhD with Highest Distinctions in April 2020. In March 2021 at the age of 29, she started the “Vogt Laboratory of Catalysis for Fuels of the Future” as a faculty member at the Technion Institute for Technology.

Selected publications

Unravelling structure sensitivity in CO2 hydrogenation over nickel

Charlotte Vogt, Esther Groeneveld, Gerda Kamsma, Maarten Nachtegaal, Li Lu, Christopher J. Kiely, Peter H. Berben, Florian Meirer, Bert M. Weckhuysen

Nature Catalysis, 2018, 1, 127-134.

doi.org/10.1038/s41929-017-0016-y

 

The renaissance of the Sabatier reaction and its applications on Earth and in space

Charlotte Vogt, Matteo Monai, Gert Jan Kramer and Bert M. Weckhuysen

Nature Catalysis, 2019, 2, 188-197.

doi.org/10.1038/s41929-019-0244-4

 

Understanding carbon dioxide activation and carbon-carbon coupling over nickel

Charlotte Vogt, Matteo Monai, Ellen B. Sterk, Jonas Palle, Bart Zijlstra, Esther Groeneveld, Peter H. Berben, Jelle Boereboom, Emiel J. M. Hensen, Florian Meirer, Ivo A. W. Filot, Bert M. Weckhuysen

Nature Communications, 2019, 10, 5330.

doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-12858-3

 

Capturing the Genesis of an active Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst with operando X‐ray nanospectroscopy

Ilse K. van Ravenhorst*, Charlotte Vogt*, Koen Bossers, José G. Moya-Cancino, David Vine, Frank M. F. de Groot, Florian Meirer and Bert M. Weckhuysen

*Authors contributed equally to the work

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 11957-11962.

doi.org/10.1002/anie.201806354

 

Structure sensitivity in steam and dry methane reforming over nickel: Activity and carbon formation

Charlotte Vogt, Jelle Kranenborg, Matteo Monai, Bert M. Weckhuysen

ACS Catalysis, 2020, 10, 1428-1438.

doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.9b04193