H.J. (Erik) Heeres (25-06-1963) carried out his Ph.D. research at the University of Groningen on the development of novel homogeneous lanthanide catalysts for the conversion of unsaturated hydrocarbons and graduated in 1990. Afterward, he performed a post-doc at the University of Oxford in the group of Prof. J. M. Brown on asymmetric catalysis. From 1991-1999, he was employed at Shell Research B.V. (Amsterdam and Pernis, the Netherlands) and worked on a range of applied catalysis topics. Heeres joined the chemical engineering department of the University of Groningen in 1999 as an assistant professor.
In 2003 he was appointed here as a full professor in green chemical reaction engineering. His research interests concern the development of efficient catalytic technology for circular carbon conversions. This involves the use of biomass for biofuels (catalytic pyrolysis, pyrolysis oil upgrading), platform chemicals (levulinic acid, hydroxymethylfurfural), and performance materials. Recently, the group started activities in the field of plastic recycling using pyrolysis technology. The group is actively involved in national and international consortia. Heeres is the (co-) author of more than 280 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 12 patents in the field of (applied) catalysis and chemical reaction engineering. He is a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen and an associate editor of the journal Fuel Processing Technology.
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