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Piet Van Leeuwen

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Équipe 7. Nanostructures et Chimie Organométallique , Professeur

Curriculum Vitae Prof. Dr. Piet W.N.M. van Leeuwen

Present Position

2015 : Chair holder Chaire d’Attractivité Université de Toulouse (LPCNO, INSA-Toulouse).

Academic Education

1959–1965 : Chemistry, Leiden University.
1967 : PhD, Leiden University, Coordination Chemistry.

Professional Career

1968–1971 : Shell Research Amsterdam (Cossee)
1971–1972 : Shell Development, Emeryville, USA (Keim)
1972–1994 : Shell Research Amsterdam, since 1979 head of the section "Fundamental aspects of Homoge-nous Catalysis"
1989–1994 : Part-time Professor of Homogeneous Catalysis, University of Amsterdam, part-time Shell
1994–2004 : full-time University of Amsterdam.
2004–2007 : part-time University of Amsterdam
2000–2002 : Head of Department of Chemistry, University of Amsterdam
2001–2006 : part-time Professor of Industrial Homogeneous Catalysis, Technical University Eindhoven,
2001–2005 : Director National Research School Combination Catalysis (Netherlands)
2004–2015 : Group Leader Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
2014–2017 : Guest investigator UFRGS Porto Alegre, Brazil
2015– Chaire d´Attractivité, Université de Toulouse (INSA)

Memberships of boards

1996–2008 : Member “Academy-Committee Chemistry, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
1998–2002 : Co-founder and Vice-chair and Chair Netherlands Chemistry & Catalysis Conference
1995- Advisory boards Organometallics, Dalton, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., Adv. Synth. Catal., CMC
2010–2019 : Editor-in Chief, Catalysis Science & Technology


2005 : Holleman Award from the Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences.
2005 : Marie Curie Chair of Excellence.
2009 : Doctor Honoris Causa, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona
2009 : ERC Advanced Grant.
2014 : Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidade Federal Rio Grande do Sur, Porto Alegre
2019 : Alwin Mittasch Prize, Dechema–GeCatS

Research interests

Carbonylation, metathesis, oligomerization, polymerization, cross coupling reacions, molecular modelling, shape-selective catalysis, dendri¬mers, polyme¬ric catalysts, catalysis in water, catalyst immobilization, electronic/steric/bite angle ligand effect, supramolecular catalysis, microreactors, e-learning.
Pioneering work on bulky ligands and wide-bite angle ligands in various catalytic reactions of industrial importance, the use of dendrimers in catalysis, transition metal supramolecular catalysis, mechanistic contributions to hydroformylation, carbonylation reactions, and diene oligomerizations, halogen bonding in supramolecular catalysis. Ligand effects in nanoparticle catalysis.


PhD theses 50 (since 1991), post-doctoral fellows 80, publications 400, patents 34, bookchapters and reviews 80. Google h-index 90. Average number of citations per publication 50. “Centennials” or higher, 74 publications. Author (>2000) of the book “Homogeneous Catalysis; Understanding the Art”, and with John Chadwick “Homogeneous catalysts”.
Publications describing the use of Xantphos and derivatives >3700, number of compounds containing Xantphos-like ligands in Scifinder >4300.

Lectureships, invited courses

Toulouse, Tarragona, Fribourg-Geneva, RAU (Johannesburg), Bordeaux, Shell (3), DSM (2), Sasol, NIOK, Delft University of Technology, Polymer School Eindhoven, CaRLa fellow (BASF-University of Heidelberg).