Thom, born 1991 in the thriving metropolis of Purmerend, the Netherlands, attended high school in 2003 at the Da Vinci College graduating with distinction in 2009.
In 2009 he joined Molecular Science and Technology, a cooperative bachelor program between Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. There he majored in chemistry and wrote his bachelor thesis on electro-oxidation of polyols on gold and platinum in the Catalysis and Surface Chemistry (CASC) group, under the supervision of Youngkook Kwon. He graduated with distinction in 2012.
After obtaining his BSc degree, Thom continued his studies at Leiden University in the Chemistry masters program. His master’s thesis focused on spectro-electrochemical characterization of an iridium-based oxygen evolution catalyst, based on research he conducted with Oscar Díaz-Morales as part of the CASC group in Leiden. The final semester of his masters program was spent at Stanford University, where he worked in the Jaramillo group to investigate the promoting effect of noble metals on the oxygen evolution activity of 3d metal oxides. He then received his MSc with distinction in August 2014.
Thom currently works in the Catalysis and Surface Chemistry group as a PhD-student, focusing on nanoparticle formation by cathodic corrosion.
In his free time, Thom enjoys running, reading and making the world a better place.
- Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
- Leiden Institute of Chemistry
- LIC/Energy & Sustainability