Dr. Stijn Van de Vyver
Room: 66-008
Telephone: 617-253-6539
Email: stijnvdv@mit.edu

Dr. Stijn Van de Vyver received his Ph.D. from the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2012, working under the supervision of Prof. Bert Sels and Prof. Pierre Jacobs. His thesis focused on the rational design of new catalysts for the conversion of cellulosic biomass to platform chemicals such as sugar alcohols, levulinic acid and a renewable alternative to bisphenol A. Currently, his postdoctoral research at MIT is concentrated on both fundamental and applied aspects of selective oxidation processes for the conversion of biomass-derived molecules. More information on his research activities and publications can be found at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/vandevyver.

Research interests

  • Advanced synthesis, characterization and application of nanostructured catalysts
  • Mechanistic understanding of catalytic reactions
  • Processes for the efficient conversion of renewable resources


  • Honarary Fulbright Hays Award for Research from the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Belgium (March 2012)
  • Gustave Boël – Sofina – B.A.E.F. Fellow Award from the “Plateforme de l’Education et du Talent” and the Belgian American Educational Foundation (February 2012)
  • Taminco Green Footsteps Award for the most innovative conversion of renewable feedstocks (June 2011)
  • 67th KVIV Engineer Award from the Royal Flemish Engineering Society for the best master thesis in engineering in Flanders (March 2009)
  • CleanTech Challenge Award from London Business School and University College London for the entrepreneurial development of an innovative clean technology idea on the conversion of renewable biomass (April 2009)
  • Prize of Best Master Thesis from the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (November 2008)