T. (Tom) Keijer


  • Address Info
    Postbus 94157, 1090 GD Amsterdam, the Netherlands


The preorganization of chromophores, catalysts and substrate allows for the optimization of all three fundamental actions of artificial photosynthesis; light harvesting, charge separation and catalysis. Supramolecular strategies provide the tools to realize preorganization in homogeneous solution or on solid surfaces in a manner inspired by biological systems like light harvesting complexes and hydrogenase enzymes. To lower overpotentials and increase catalytic rates, T. Keijer studies supramolecular light harvesting chromophore assemblies, artificial peptide domains in supramolecular cages and their integration into enhanced light-driven proton reduction catalysts. These fundamental studies aim to understand the design principles of supramolecular artificial photosynthesis and contribute to the development of a sustainable hydrogen economy. This research is funded by NWO (The Netherlands) and NSFC (China).

Figure 1 Chromophores and catalysts are self-assembled using supramolecular metal-ligand interactions.


2012-2015: Bachelor Bèta-Gamma (Liberal Arts and Sciences), University of Amsterdam.

2015-2018: HRSMC Excellence Master Chemistry: Sustainability – The Molecular Approach, University of Amsterdam.

2016-2017: Tutor, University of Amsterdam.


  • 1stplace KNCV postercontest PAC symposium.
  • Finalist NWO topsector chemistry student competition.
  • Assistant Researcher, Leiden University.

2018-Present: PhD Candidate HomKat, University of Amsterdam.

2019-Present: President of the NIOK PhD Platform.