Tijmen is currently working on solar to fuel projects in collaboration with Merck GmbH. Directly converting solar energy in chemical fuels is crucial for a circular sustainable energy economy. The goal is to increase the efficiency of Dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells that convert carbon dioxide and water into fuels such as hydrogen, carbon monoxide and methanol. The goal of the project of Tijmen is to reduce charge recombination at the photocathode in order to increase the efficiency of the cell. The approach to this is by careful tuning of the individual components via rational dye and catalyst design, semiconductor tuning and the introduction of redox mediators to facilitate efficient electron transfers. Furthermore, complete dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical systems and interactions between the different components are being studied.
SHORT CURRICULUM VITAE
2009-2010 Health Sciences First Year, University of Otago, Dunedin(New-Zealand)
2010-2014 Bachelor Beta-Gamma, University of Amsterdam
2014 Aristoteles Award, Institute of Interdisciplinary studies
2014-2017 Master Chemistry, University of Amsterdam
2017- present PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam