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Dennis Hetterscheid

Associate professor

Dr. D.G.H. Hetterscheid
+31 71 527 4545

Dennis Hetterscheid tries to understand and mimic bioinorganic multi-electron processes that are relevant to our future energy infrastructure. The research of Dennis Hetterscheid is carried out both in the MCBIM and CASC research groups of Leiden University.

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Curriculum Vitae

Personal information

Nationality:   Dutch
Date of birth:   6 October 1978


2007   PhD, Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 15 March 2007.
Thesis title: "The chemistry of organometallic RhII and IrII complexes"
Advisors: Prof. B. de Bruin and Prof. A.E. Rowan
2002   MSc in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen

Current and previous research positions

2018 – now     Associate professor, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University the Netherlands
2013 – 2018     Tenure Track Assistant professor, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Leiden University the Netherlands
2009 – 2012   Post-doctoral Researcher, Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, supported by a Veni fellowship (Prof. J.N.H. Reek)
2007 – 2008   Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, supported by a Rubicon Fellowship (Prof. R.R. Schrock)

Grants, awards, recognitions

2019   EU ERC Proof of Concept grant (k€ 150)
2018   NWO Mat4Sus grant (k€ 700) in collaboration with Prof. Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt (Oldenburg) and Dr. Stefania Grecea (University of Amsterdam)
2014   FOM ‘CO2 neutral fuels’ programme grant with M.T.M. Koper and E. Bouwman (k€ 464)
2014   NWO-CW ECHO-STIP grant (k€ 260)
2014   EU ERC Starting Grant (k€ 1,500)

Contribution to teaching and supervision

  • Teaching the courses “Statistische Thermodynamica en Spectroscopie” (BSc), “Bioinorganic Catalysis” (MSc), “Anthropocene, the Era of Man” (BSc), and “the Group Project on Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology” (BSc)
  • Content coordinator of the minor on Sustainable Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Member of the Education boards of the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC) and the Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research (NIOK)
  • Member of the Chemistry MSc Program committee until 2022
  • Member of the Molecular Science and Technology exam committee since 2022, and chair from November 2023 onwards

Supervision of 15 PhD students since 2013.

Other responsibilities

Publication record including five recent representative publications

>60 papers with >3000 citations, H-index 27 (Web of Science)

Full publication record: ResearcherID

  • Den Boer, D., Hetterscheid, D. G. H. Correlations between the electronic structure and energetics of the catalytic steps in homogeneous water oxidation catalysis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.3c05741
  • Langevelde P.H. van, Engbers S., Buda F., Hetterscheid D.G.H. Elucidation of the Electrocatalytic Nitrite Reduction Mechanism by Bio-Inspired Copper Complexes. ACS Catalysis, 2023, 13, 10094-10103. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.3c01989
  • Langevelde, P.H. van, Kounalis, E., Killian, L., Monkcom, E.C., Broere, D.L.J., Hetterscheid, D.G.H. Mechanistic Investigations into the Selective Reduction of Oxygen by a Multicopper Oxidase T3 Site-Inspired Dicopper Complex. ACS Catalysis, 2023, 13, 5712-5722. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.3c01143
  • D’Agostini, S., Kottrup, K.G., Casadevall, C., Gamba, I., Dantignana, V., Bucci,A., Costas,M., Lloret-Fillol, J., Hetterscheid, D.G.H. Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation with α-[Fe(mcp)(OTf)2] and Analogues. ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 2583–2595. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c05439
  • Langerman, M., Hetterscheid, D.G.H. Fast Oxygen Reduction Catalyzed by a Copper(II) Tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine Complex through a Stepwise Mechanism. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 12974–12978. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201904075

Presentations including five presentations at international conferences

Several invited presentations at universities, institutes, and invited lectures at international conferences.

  • 44th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, August 28th – September 2nd 2022, Rimini, Italy
  • nanoGe Materials for Sustainable Development Conference, March 6th – March 10th 2023, Valencia, Spain
  • 240th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, October 10th – October 14th 2021, Digital Meeting
  • QBIC Society Award Symposium, July 5th and 7th 2021, Digital Meeting
  • International Solar Fuels Conference 2021, July 26th – July 29th 2021, Digital Meeting

Associate professor

  • Science
  • Leiden Institute of Chemistry
  • LIC/Energy & Sustainability

Work address

Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Room number EE3.09



  • No relevant ancillary activities
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