Florentine Veenstra
Doctoral student

ETH Hönggerberg
HCI E131
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1
CH-8093 Zurich

tel: +41 4463 34255

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    Valorization of small molecules

    The production of fuels and chemicals from small and abundant molecules such as CO2, N2, H2O, or CH4 powered by renewable energy may enable a distributed sustainable scheme, in contrast to the centralized and fossil-based one currently in place. The implementation of the electrochemical CO(2) reduction reaction (eCO(2)RR) demands better energy efficiency from more advanced electrocatalysts. A step behind in terms of development, ammonia electro-synthesis from N2 is an emerging field that attracts considerable attention for the on-site production of fertilizers. With this in mind, I work on the discovery and development of novel materials based on transition metals, with special interest in finding activity correlations helping me find optimized catalysts. My work spans from understanding these complex systems using radically new approaches such  as microfabrication to electrode scale up for engineering artificial leaves.

    2018-present Doctoral studentship in the group of Prof. Pérez-Ramírez, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    2016-2018 MSc. in Chemistry, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    2015-2016 Premaster in Chemistry, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    2011-2015 BSc. in Chemie, Hogeschool Inholland, The Netherlands
    • Microfabrication enables quantification of interfacial activity in thermal catalysis
      M.S. Frei, F.L.P. Veenstra, D. Capeder, J.A. Stewart, D. Curulla-Ferré, A.J. Martín, C. Mondelli, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Small Methods 2021, in press (doi:10.1002/smtd.202001231)
    • Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to 1-butanol on oxide-derived copper
      L.R.L. Ting, R. García-Muelas, A.J. Martín, F.L.P. Veenstra, S.T.-J. Chen, Y. Peng, E.Y.X. Per, S. Pablo-García, N. López, J. Pérez-Ramírez, B.S. Yeo
      Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 21072-21079 (doi:10.1002/anie.202008289)
      Angew. Chem. 2020, 132, 21258-21265 (doi:10.1002/ange.202008289)
    • Selectivity patterns in the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 revealed by laser-microstructured copper
      F.L.P. Veenstra, N. Ackerl, A.J. Martín, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Chem 2020, 6, 1707-1722 (doi:10.1016/j.chempr.2020.04.001)
    • Nitride-derived copper modified with indium as a selective and highly stable catalyst for the electroreduction of carbon dioxide
      F.L.P. Veenstra, A.J. Martín, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemSusChem 2019, 12, 3501-3508 (doi:10.1002/cssc.201901309, very important paper, cover feature)
    • A simple synthesis of symmetric phthalocyanines and their respective perfluoro and transition‐metal complexes
      I.M. Denekamp,F. L. P. Veenstra,P. Jungbacker, G. Rothenberg
      Appl. Organometal Chem. 2019, 33, 4872 (doi:10.1002/aoc.4872)
    • Group 6 Metal Complexes as Electrocatalysts of CO2 Reduction: Strong Substituent Control of the Reduction Path of [Mo(η3-allyl)(CO)2(x,x′-dimethyl-2,2′-bipyridine)(NCS)] (x = 4 – 6)
      J.O. Taylor, F.L.P. Veenstra, A.M. Chippindale, M.J. Calhorda, F. Hartl
      Organometallics 2019, 38, 1372-1390 (doi:10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00676)