Universiteit Leiden

nl en

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.

More information about Dennis Hetterscheid

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

2013 – now     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 since 2010

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

Two courses at Leiden University: Spectroscopy at Leiden University for MSc Chemistry students, BSc Advanced minor students and Pre-Master students. Bioinorganic Catalysis for MSc Chemistry students.

Supervision of 7 PhD students since 2013. 

Other responsibilities since 2010

  • Board Member of the Wiley journal ChemistrySelect
  • Guest Editor for EurJIC together with Licheng Sun on a special issue on “water oxidation” published in 2014: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejic.v2014.4/issuetoc
  • Guest Editor for Catalysis Today with Wilson Smith on a special issue on “photocatalytic and electrocatalytic water splitting” which will appear in 2017
  • Member of the education committee of the Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research (NIOK)
  • Member of the education committee of the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC)
  • Member of the scientific committee of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 2017.
  • Member of the NWO Study Groups “Spectroscopy & Theory” and “Coordination Chemistry & Homogeneous Catalysis” 
  • Reviewer for several Wiley, ACS, RSC and Elsevier journals

Publication record including five recent representative publications

35 papers with >1000 citations, H-index 20 (Web of Science)

Full publication record: ResearcherID

  • Abril P., Rio M.P. del, Tejel C., Verhoeven M.W.G.M., Niemantsverdriet J.W., Ham C.J.M van der, Kottrup K.G., Hetterscheid D.G.H., Detangling catalyst modification reactions from the oxygen evolution reaction by on-line mass spectrometry. ACS Catalysis. 2016, 6, 7872-7875.
  • Kottrup K.G., Hetterscheid D.G.H., Evaluation of iron-based electrocatalysts for water oxidation - an on-line mass spectrometry approach. Chem Commun. 2016, 52, 2643-2646.
  • Ham C.J.M. van der, Koper M.T.M., Hetterscheid D.G.H., Challenges in reduction of dinitrogen by proton and electron transfer. Chem Soc Rev. 2014, 43, 5183-5191.
  • Diaz-Morales O., Hersbach T.J.P., Hetterscheid D.G.H., Reek J.N.H., Koper M.T.M., Electrochemical and Spectroelectrochemical Characterization of an Iridium-Based Molecular Catalyst for Water Splitting: Turnover Frequencies, Stability, and Electrolyte Effects. J Am Chem Soc. 2014, 136, 10432-10439.
  • Venturini A., Barbieri A., Reek J.N.H., Hetterscheid D.G.H., Catalytic Water Splitting with an Iridium Carbene Complex: A Theoretical Study. Chem-Eur J. 2014, 20, 5358-5368.

Presentations including five presentations at international conferences since 2010

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

  • 12th European Biological Inorganic Chemistry conference (EuroBIC–12), 24-28 August 2014, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 41st international conference on coordination chemistry (ICCC–41), 21-25 July 2014, Singapore.
  • #2 Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis, 25-28 February 2016, Cancun, Mexico
  • Summer School on Energy related phenomenon organised by the University of Zürich Research Priority Program on Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion, 9-12 September 2014, Les Diablerets, Switzerland
  • 250th ACS National Meeting, 16-20 Augustus 2015, Boston, United States

Associate professor

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

Work address

Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Room number EE4.19



No relevant ancillary activities

This website uses cookies.  More information.