PhD Defense: Daniel Garcia Rodriguez

DIFFER researcher Daniel Garcia Rodriquez will defend his PhD thesis titled: 'Fabrication and Reactivity of Iron Carbide Films on Copper Substrates as Model Catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis'.

  • Date: 28 February 2024, 11:00h 
  • Location: Technical University Eindhoven, Atlas 0.710 (max. 80 visitors)
  • Promotor: M.C.M. van de Sanden
  • Co-promotor: C.J. Weststrate

Iron-based catalysts are extensively used in the chemical industry to convert syngas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen) into valuable chemicals and fuels via the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS). Iron-based FTS catalysts have been the subject of intense research for several years. As a result of the reduction and carburization of iron oxide precursors, metallic iron and iron carbides are formed, which are thought to be the active species responsible for the catalytic reaction in FTS. The high complexity of the catalyst makes it impossible to elucidate the molecular details of the catalytic reaction. The main inspiration behind the research in this dissertation is to explain how the FTS precursors interact with the surface of a model catalyst of iron carbide. To create this model catalyst, we used an electron beam evaporator to evaporate iron on top of two copper single crystal substrates.


TU/e: Atlas 0.710

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