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Young Researchers

Cristina Estruch Bosch

PhD student at Johnson Matthey (UK)

Experience at JM

I started working in JM in 2007, on an industrial placement, as part of my MSc. in Catalysis, developing a project on liquid phase alkane oxidation. I really enjoyed this and so I was very pleased when they then offered me a job. During this time, I gained experience in material preparation, characterisation and testing. Currently, I am working in the Platinum Group Metals applications department while doing a PhD in a collaboration with the University of Ghent within OCMOL.

Research topics

Gas phase catalysis, Preparation and characterisation of advanced materials

Highlights of her involvement in OCMOL

Developing and testing of new catalysts for oxidative coupling of methane.


  • PhD in JM and the University of Ghent, 2009-present
  • Master in Catalysis, Rovira I Virgili University (Tarragona), 2006-2007
  • Degree in Chemistry, Rovira I Virgili University (Tarragona), 2001-2006

Interested in

Networking, expanding knowledge base

Nationality : Spanish
Languages : Spanish, Catalan, English

Vaios Alexiadis

Post doc researcher at LCT, UGENT (Belgium)

Experience at LCT, UGENT

I started working for LCT, UGENT in March 2012. My research focuses on the experimental investigation and microkinetic modelling of the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM). 

Research topics

Heterogeneous Catalysis

Highlights of his involvement in OCMOL

Development and validation of an OCM micro-kinetic model 


  • Diploma in Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1999 - 2004
  • M.Sc. In Materials Science & Technology, 2005 - 2007
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 2005 - 2009

Interested in

Expanding knowledge

Nationality : Greek
Languages : Greek, English

Sara Moussa Martí

PhD student at Instituto de Tecnología Química (Spain)

Experience at ITQ

At present I am doing my PhD studies at ITQ in topics which are directly related to the OCMOL project. Specifically, my doctoral thesis is aimed at developing new heterogeneous Ni-based catalysts featuring a high activity, high stability with time, and maximum selectivity to liquids in the oligomerization of ethylene (SP4 subproject of OCMOL). As a further objective, my research at ITQ is also focused on unraveling the nature of the active Ni sites through an exhaustive characterization of the catalysts applying a combination of surface-sensitive spectroscopic techniques (i.e. FTIR of adsorbed CO)  under “in situ” and “operando” conditions. The information gathered from such characterizations is expected to provide new structure-reactivity correlations useful for designing improved catalysts.

Research topics

Heterogeneous Catalysis, Microporous and Mesoporous Molecular Sieves.

Highlights of her involvement in OCMOL

My main tasks in the OCMOL project are described above.


  • Technical Industrial Engineer, Branch: Chemical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Valencia (2009).
  • Master Degree in Green Chemistry. Polytechnic University of Valencia (2011).

Interested in

Networking, find a job, and attendance to courses of  topics related to Catalysis.

Nationality : Spanish
Languages : Spanish, English

Kenneth Toch

PhD student and assistant at the Laboratory
for Chemical Technology (LCT) at Ghent University (BE)

Experience at LCT

I’ve got my master degree in engineering science: chemical technology at the LCT, Ghent University in 2009. From August 2009 on, I joined the LCT at Ghent University and eagerly started a PhD research within the OCMOL project on ethylene oligomerization. From September 2010 I happily took the position of assistant at the laboratory, for which typical tasks are: coaching master thesis students, and assisting a course related to chemometrics and kinetic modelling and simulation, and a cross course project for 3rd bachelor students with topics on several petrochemical processes, e.g.  hydrocracking, ethylene oligomerization, biodiesel production, glycerol valorization …

Research topics

Heterogeneous catalysis, modelling of kinetics and industrial scale reactors including transport phenomena.

Highlights of his involvement in OCMOL

Experimental investigation and microkinetic modelling of ethylene oligomerization.


  • PhD student at Ghent University, 2009 - present
  • Master degree in engineering science: chemical technology, Ghent University, Ghent, 2007-2009
  • Master degree in industrial sciences: chemistry, KaHo Sint-Lieven, Ghent, 2003-2007

Interested in

Expanding knowledge
Gardening and motorbikes

Nationality : Belgium
Languages : Dutch, English, French, German

Munir Chaar

PhD student at the Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)

Experience at the Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry

I’ve got my master degree in Chemistry at the Laboratory in 2011. During my Master thesis I investigated the kinetics of the methanol oxidation to formaldehyde in the “Temporal Analysis of Products” (TAP) reactor.  Then I started my PhD within the OCMOL project focusing on the kinetics of the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM). Additionally, I am involved in practical courses for master students as supervising tutor. 

Research topics

Heterogeneous Catalysis.

Highlights of his involvement in OCMOL

Experimental investigation of Catalysts active in OCM, Synthesis of OCM Catalysts.


  • PhD student at Ruhr-University Bochum (since 2011)
  • M.Sc. in Chemistry (Specialization: Industrial Chemistry) at Ruhr-University Bochum, 2008 – 2011
  • B.Sc. in Chemistry at Ruhr-University Bochum, 2005 - 2008

Interested in

Networking, Expanding knowledge and experience

Nationality : German
Languages : German, Arabic, English

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