Fotograaf: Robert Calderone

dhr. dr. N.R. (Shiju Raveendran) Shiju


  • Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica
    HIMS
  • Bezoekadres
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  Kamernummer: C2.241
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  94157
    1090 GD  Amsterdam
  • n.r.shiju@uva.nl
    T: 0205256515

Associate Professor- catalysis engineering

Van 't Hoff Institute of Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam.

 

New grant!

We have been awarded funding in the European research project CAPITA (Catalytic Processes for Innovative Technology Application) for developing a catalytic reactor for producing Green Methanol using CO2 as feedstock.

Other partners in the consortium include the University of Castilla-La-Mancha (UCLM, Spain), the Technological Educational Institute of Sterea Ellada (TEISE, Greece) and the Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (CPERI, Greece).

Three companies are involved: Hellenic Petroleum Renewables (HELPE RES, Greece), GRAPHENANO (Spain), and Delft Solid Solutions (Netherlands).

(January 2014)

Research highlights

A new catalyst for ammoximation:

We have discovered a new catalyst for ammoximation.This catalyst contributes to more sustainable processes for making fine chemicals and pharmaceutical intermediates and for polymer production. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has transferred the patent and all related intellectual property rights on this catalyst to DSM.

Science park new idea prize 2010

I won the UvA Science Park New Ideas Prize contest 2010, together with Gadi, for the finding of 'A new catalyst for making nylons'. This new catalyst and process gives a straightforward route to making nylons that reduces waste and demands less raw material. The catalyst has also been patented by the University of Amsterdam. We are now in contact with possible industrial partners in an effort to turn the discoveryinto a commercial process.

 

 

Our work has been featured by the University of Amsterdam in this video:

 

I am also a managing council member of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action CM1104 Reducible oxide chemistry, structure and functions.

 

Antagonistic Catalysis: Creating a Bifunctional and Tunable Acid-Base Catalyst

Using a simple and straightforward approach, we have created a bifunctional surface that combines the advantages of bifunctional enzyme-like catalysis with the ease of separation and robustness of traditional heterogeneous catalysis.

( Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 9615 -9619)

Renewables to chemicals

We are also working on various routes for converting renewable feed-stocks (glycerol, lactic acid) to chemicals.

Check out these publications:

Glycerol valorization: dehydration to acrolein over silica-supported niobia catalysts. Top. Catal. , 2010, 53, 1217.

 

Glycerol utilization: solvent-free acetalisation over niobia catalysts

G. S. Nair, E. Adrijanto, A. Alsalme, I. V. Kozhevnikov, D.J. Cooke, D. R. Brown, N. R. Shiju.
Catal. Sci. Tech. , 2012 , 2, 1173 (http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2012/cy/c2cy00335j).

( one of the top ten most accessed articles in Catal. Sci. Technol. in March 2012).

 

Hemicellulose hydrolysis catalysed by solid acids
P. D. Carà, M. Pagliaro, A. Elmekawy, D. R. Brown, P. Verschuren, N. R. Shiju, G. Rothenberg, Catal. Sci. Technol. 2013, in press (http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/cy/c3cy20838a)

Niobia model with glycerol and acetone molecules (from Shiju et al. Catal. Sci. Tech. , 2012 , 2, 1173)

Structure-activity relationships

We also try to understand how a catalyst works for a reaction, using advanced spectroscopy/microscopy techniques such as XAS, XPS, aberration corrected electron microscopy, solid-state NMR and so on. See, e.g., Shiju et al, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130 (2008) 5850 (propane ammoxidation to acrylonitrile over mixed oxide catalysts).

Z-contrast TEM images of Mo-V-Te-Nb-O M1 phase particles after atomic layer deposition of alumina. The second image shows a broken particle, exposing basal planes. Bottom: SEM image of Mo-V-Te-O M1 phase particles (from Shiju et al, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130 (2008) 5850)

Atomic resolution AC-TEM image of a sub-nanometre cluster of faceted and multiply twinned disordered WO3 in tungstated zirconia (shown by white/blue arrow; and magnified in the inset). (111) plane of the cluster is indicated by a black arrow. (From 'Dynamic atomic scale in situ electron microscopy in the development of an efficient heterogeneous catalytic process for pharmaceutical NSAIDS'. Shiju et al. Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, 1, 413–425.

 

Some invited talks:

  •  Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, 3 - 6 April 2016 | Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin, Germany, http://www.greensuschemconf.com/
  •  Topics in European Catalysis- a view from Amsterdam. Topics in European Catalysis- 2nd CAPITA meeting on European Catalysis (under EU framework), Brussels, February 2014.http://www.era-capita.eu/calendar/topics-in-european-catalysis 
  •  Heterogeneously catalysed conversion of biomass derivatives to chemicals. 66th Annual Session of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) and joint Indo-US symposium, Mumbai, India, December 2013.

 

My former institutions:

PhD in Heterogeneous Catalysis from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India.

Previous experience: Research associate at Davy Faraday Research Laboratory (The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London), at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, and at the University of Huddersfield.

Professional Affiliations

Contact

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Selected Publications

  • C. H. Mejia, E. S. Raja, A. Olivos-Suarez, J. Gascon, H. F Greer, W. Zhou, G. Rothenberg and N. Raveendran Shiju*, Ru/TiO2-catalysed hydrogenation of xylose: the role of crystal structure of the support. Catal. Sci. Technol. 6, 577-582, 2016.
  • N. Madaan, N. R. Shiju and G. Rothenberg, Predicting the performance of oxidation catalysts using descriptor models, Catal. Sci. Technol. 6, 125-133, 2016.
  • R. Beerthuis, M. Granollers, D. R. Brown, H. J. Salavagione, G. Rothenberg and N. R. Shiju*, Catalytic acetoxylation of lactic acid to 2-acetoxypropionic acid, en route to acrylic acid. RSC Adv., 5, 4103-4108, 2015.
  • R. Beerthuis, G. Rothenberg and N. R. Shiju*, Catalytic Routes towards Acrylic Acid, Adipic Acid and ε-Caprolactam starting from Biorenewables, Green Chem. 17, 1341-1361, 2015.

  • E. V. Ramos-Fernandez, N. J. Geels, N. R. Shiju*, G. Rothenberg, Titania-catalysed oxidative dehydrogenation of ethyl lactate: Effective yet selective free-radical oxidation, Green Chem. 2014, DOI: 10.1039/c4gc00191e.
  • A. A. Elmekawy, N. R. Shiju, G. Rothenberg, D. R. Brown, Environmentally Benign Bifunctional Solid Acid and Base Catalysts, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res, 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ie500839m.
  • V. Gitis, R. Beerthuis, N. R. Shiju*, G. Rothenberg, Organosilane oxidation by water catalysed by Large gold nanoparticles in a membrane reactor, Catal. Sci. Technol., 4, 2156-2160, 2014.
  • E. V. Ramos-Fernandez, N. R. Shiju*, G. Rothenberg, Understanding the solar-driven reduction of CO2 on doped ceria, RSC Adv., 4 (32), 16456–16463, 2014.
  • P. D. Carà, R. Ciriminna, N. R. Shiju*, G. Rothenberg, M. Pagliaro, Enhanced heterogeneous catalytic conversion of furfuryl Alcohol into butyl levulinate. ChemSusChem, 7, 835-840, 2014.
  • P. D. Carà, M. Pagliaro, A. Elmekawy, D. R. Brown, P. Verschuren, N. R. Shiju*, G. Rothenberg, Hemicellulose hydrolysis catalysed by solid acids, Catal. Sci. Technol. 3, 2057-2061, 2013.
  • Efficient three-component coupling catalysed by mesoporous copper-aluminum based nanocomposites.
    J. Dulle, K. Thirunavukkarasu, M.C. Mittelmeijer-Hazeleger, D.V. Andreeva, N.R. Shiju*, G. Rothenberg, Green Chem., 2013, 15, 1238-1243 , DOI: 10.1039/C3GC36607C.
  • De novo design of nanostructured iron-cobalt Fischer-Tropsch catalysts.
    V.R. Calderone, N.R. Shiju, D. Curulla Ferré, S. Chambrey, A. Khodakov, A. Rose, J. Thiessen, A. Jess and  G. Rothenberg, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, EarlyView.  
  • Efficient alkyne homocoupling catalysed by copper immobilized on functionalized silica.
    L. van Gelderen, G. Rothenberg, V.R. Calderone, K. Wilson and N.R. Shiju*, Appl. Organomet. Chem., 2013, 27, 23-27.
  • Exploring the Activated State of Cu/ZnO(0001)-Zn, a Model Catalyst for Methanol Synthesis.
    E.D. Batyrev, N.R. Shiju and G. Rothenberg, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116, 19335-19341.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp3051438
  • Selective auto-oxidation of ethanol over titania-supported molybdenum oxide catalysts: Structure and reactivity. C. Caro, K. Thirunavukkarasu, M. Anil Kumar, N.R. Shiju* and G. Rothenberg, Adv. Synth. Catal. , 2012, 354, 1327-1336 .
  • Glycerol utilization: solvent-free acetalisation over niobia catalyst. G. S. Nair, E. Adrijanto, A. Alsalme, I. V. Kozhevnikov, D.J. Cooke, D. R. Brown, N. R. Shiju*, Catal. Sci. Technol. , 2012,  2 , 1173-1179. 
  • Mesoporous silica with site-isolated amine and phosphotungstic acid groups: A solid catalyst with tunable antagonistic functions for one-pot tandem reactions. N. R. Shiju*, A. H. Alberts, S. Khalid, D. R. Brown, G. Rothenberg. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50,9615.

          SYNFACT of the month http://www.thieme-   connect.com/ejournals/toc/synfacts.

  • Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene using nitrous oxide over vanadia-magnesia catalysts. N. R. Shiju*, M. Anilkumar, S. P. Gokhale, B. S. Rao, C.V.V. Satyanarayana, Catal. Sci. Technol. , 2011, 1, 1262. 
  • Bimetallic catalysts for the Fischer-Tropsch reaction. V. R. Calderone, N. R. Shiju, D. Curulla-Ferre, G. Rothenberg, Green Chem. , 2011, 13, 1950.
  • Dynamic atomic scale in situ electron microscopy in the development of an efficient heterogeneous catalytic process for pharmaceutical NSAIDS. N. R. Shiju, K. Yoshida, E. D. Boyes, D. R. Brown, P. L. Gai, Catal. Sci. Technol. , 2011, 1, 413.
  • Size matters: the role of metal-support bonding in controlling the particle size of ceria supported transition metal catalysts. N. R. Shiju*, ChemCatChem , 2011, 3, 112.           
  • Glycerol valorization: dehydration to acrolein over silica-supported niobia catalysts. N. R. Shiju*, D. R. Brown, K. Wilson, G. Rothenberg, Top. Catal. 2010, 53, 1217.
  • MCM -48 as a support for sulfonic acid catalysts. M. Bandyopadhyay, N.R. Shiju, D.R. Brown, Catal. Commun. , 2010, 11, 660.
  • Tungstated zirconia catalysts for liquid-phase Beckmann rearrangement of cyclohexanone Oxime: structure-activity relationship. N. R. Shiju*, M. AnilKumar, W. F. Hoelderich, D. R. Brown., J. Phys. Chem.C ,2009, 113,7735.
  • Optimising catalytic properties of supported sulfonic acid catalysts. P. F. Siril, N. R. Shiju, D. R. Brown, K. Wilson. Appl. Catal. A , 2009, 364, 95.
  • Cs exchanged phosphotungstic acid as an efficient catalyst for liquid-phase Beckmann rearrangement of oximes. N. R. Shiju*, H. M. Williams, D. R. Brown, Appl. Catal. B , 2009, 90, 451.
  • Recent developments in catalysis using nanostructured materials. N. R. Shiju, V. V. Guliants, Appl. Catal. A , 2009, 356, 1

     one of the "Top-25 hottest articles" in Chemical Engineering area (Applied Catalysis) in 2009.

  • The effect of Nb or Ta substitution into the M1 phase of the MoV(Nb,Ta)TeO selective oxidation catalyst. W. D. Pyrz, D. A. Blom, N. R. Shiju, V. V. Guliants, T. Vogt, D. J. Buttrey, Catal. Today , 2009, 142, 320.
  • The role of surface basal planes of layered mixed metal oxides in selective transformation of lower alkanes: propane ammoxidation over surface ab planes of Mo−V−Te−Nb−O M1 phase. N. R. Shiju*, X. Liang, A. W. Weimer, C. Liang, S. Dai, V. V. Guliants, J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 2008, 130, 5850.
  • Using aberration-corrected STEM imaging to explore chemical and structural variations in the M1 phase of the MoVNbTeO oxidation catalyst . W. D. Pyrz, D. A.   Blom, N.R.   Shiju, V. V. Guliants, T. Vogt, D. J. Buttrey, J. Phys. Chem. C. , 2008, 112, 10043.
  •  Structure of iron and manganese ions substituted in the framework of nanoporous AlPO-5 material. G. Sankar, N. R. Shiju, I. D. Watts, S. Nikitenko, W. Bras, Res. Chem. Intermed. , 2008, 34, 649.
  • Toward environmentally benign oxidations: bulk mixed Mo-V-(Te-Nb)-O M1 Phase catalysts for the selective ammoxidation of propane. N. R. Shiju, V. V. Guliants, S. H. Overbury, A. J. Rondinone, ChemSusChem , 2008, 1, 519.
  • Mo-V-M-O (M = Te, W, Fe, Ga) catalysts for selective ammoxidation of propane. N. R. Shiju, V. V. Guliants, Catal. Commun., 2008, 9, 2253.
  • M1 to M2 phase transformation and phase cooperation in bulk mixed metal Mo-V-M-O (M= Te, Nb) catalysts for selective ammoxidation of propane. P. Korovchenko, N. R. Shiju, A. K. Dozier, U. M. Graham, M. O. Guerrero-Pérez, V. V.Guliants., Top. Catal. 2008, 50, 43.
  • XANES study of hydrothermal Mo-V based mixed oxide M1 phase catalysts for the (amm)oxidation of propane. N. R. Shiju, A. J. Rondinone, D. Mullins, V. Schwartz, S. Overbury, V. V. Guliants, Chem. Mater. , 2008, 20, 6611.
  • Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of monophasic Mo-V-Te-Nb-O mixed oxide catalyst for the selective ammoxidation of propane. N. R. Shiju, V. V Guliants, ChemPhysChem , 2007, 8, 1615.
  • 13C isotope labeling study of propane ammoxidation over M1 phase Mo-V-Te-Nb-O mixed oxide catalyst. N. R. Shiju, R. R. Kale, S. S Iyer, V. V Guliants, J. Phys. Chem. C . 2007,111, 18001.
  • Selective oxidation of benzene to phenol over Fe-AlPO catalysts using nitrous oxide as oxidant. N. R. Shiju, S.Fiddy, O.Sonntag, M. Stockenhuber, G. Sankar, Chem. Commun. , 2006, 47, 4955.
  • Structure of titanium substituted silicates and their catalytic properties. G. Sankar, N. R. Shiju and A. Welch, Stud. Surf. Sci. Catal. 2007, 172, 365.
  • In situ fabrication of crosslinked protein membranes using microfluidics. G Nair, J. Garguili, N.R. Shiju, Z.Rong, E.Shapiro, D Drikakis, P. Vadgama, ChemBioChem , 2006, 7, 1683.
  • Epoxidation of cyclohexene over crystalline and amorphous titanosilicate catalysts. A. Welch, N. R. Shiju, I. D. Watts, G. Sankar, S. Nikitenko, W. Bras, Catal. Lett. 2005, 105, 179.
  • Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene over vanadia-alumina catalysts in the presence of nitrous oxide: structure-activity relationship. N.R. Shiju, M. Anilkumar, S. P. Mirajkar, C. S. Gopinath, B. S. Rao and C. V. Satyanarayana, J. Catal. , 2005, 230, 484.
  •  Selective catalytic synthesis of 2-ethyl phenol over Cu 1-x Co x Fe 2 O 4 – kinetics, catalysis and XPS aspects. T. Mathew, N. R. Shiju, V.V. Bokade, B.S. Rao, C.S. Gopinath, Catal. Lett., 2004, 94, 223.
  •  Thermodynamic study of reaction of phenol with methanol over Cu 1-x Co x Fe 2 O 4 (x=0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1) spinel system. T. Mathew, N. R. Shiju, R. Y. Nimje, P. M. Adkine, B. S. Rao, V. V. Bokade, Chem. Eng. Res. Des., 2003, 81, 265.
  • Cu-Co synergism in Cu 1-x Co x Fe2 O4 - catalysis and XPS aspects. T. Mathew, N. R. Shiju, K. Sreekumar, B. S. Rao and C. S. Gopinath, J. Catal. , 2002, 210, 405.
  • Acid-base properties of Cu 1-x Co x Fe 2 O4 ferrospinels: FT-IR investigations. T. Mathew, N. R. Shiju, B. B. Tope, S. G. Hegde, B. S. Rao and C. S. Gopinath, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2002, 4, 4260.
  • Patents

  • N. R. Shiju, Catalytic process for the ammoximation of carbonyl compounds. European patent application, EP10152633.3 (2010). US patent application no. 12/700,280 (2010). PCT/EP2011/051600.

  • V. R. Calderone, N. R. Shiju, G. Rothenberg, D. Curulla-Ferré. Core-shell particles with catalytic
    activity. European patent application EP11305657.6 (2011).

  • B. S.Rao,T. Mathew, N. R. Shiju and R. Vetrivel, A novel catalytic process using mixed metal oxides for the preparation ofa mixture of alkylphenols. Indian patent, Application 1211/ DEL /2000, published 08-12-2006 , filed 26-12-2000, Classification: C07C 37/00.

Books

N. R. Shiju , The importance of diffusion in catalytic reactions: A brief introduction, Edited by B. Viswanathan, A.V. Ramaswamy, S. Sivasanker, Catalysis: Principles and Applications, Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi, 2002.

News articles

2017

  • Filiz, B. C., Gnanakumar, E. S., Martinez-Arias, A., Gengler, R., Rudolf, P., Rothenberg, G., & Shiju, S. R. (2017). Highly Selective Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid to gamma-Valerolactone Over Ru/ZrO2 Catalysts. Catalysis Letters, 147(7), 1744-1753. DOI: 10.1007/s10562-017-2049-x 
  • Dietrich, K., Hernandez-Mejia, C., Verschuren, P., Rothenberg, G., & Shiju, S. R. (2017). One-Pot Selective Conversion of Hemicellulose to Xylitol. Organic Proces Research & Development, 21(2), 165-170. DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.6b00169 
  • Gnanakumar, E. S., Ng, W., Filiz, B. C., Rothenberg, G., Wang, S., Xu, H., ... Shiju, N. R. (in press). Plasma-assisted synthesis of monodispersed and robust Ru ultrafine-nanocatalysts for organosilane oxidation and oxygen evolution reactions. ChemCatChem. DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201700809 

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • Batyrev, E. D., Shiju, N. R., & Rothenberg, G. (2012). Exploring the activated state of Cu/ZnO(0001)-Zn, a model catalyst for methanol synthesis. The Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, 116(36), 19335-19341. DOI: 10.1021/jp3051438  [details] 
  • Caro, C., Thirunavukkarasu, K., Anilkumar, M., Shiju, N. R., & Rothenberg, G. (2012). Selective autooxidation of ethanol over titania-supported molybdenum oxide catalysts: structure and reactivity. Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 354(7), 1327-1336. DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201000841  [details] 
  • Nair, G. S., Adrijanto, E., Alsalme, A., Kozhevnikov, I. V., Cooke, D. J., Brown, D. R., & Shiju, N. R. (2012). Glycerol utilization: solvent-free acetalisation over niobia catalysts. Catalysis Science & Technology, 2(6), 1173-1179. DOI: 10.1039/c2cy00335j  [details] 

2011

2010

  • Shiju, N. R., Brown, D. R., Wilson, K., & Rothenberg, G. (2010). Glycerol valorization: dehydration to acrolein over silica-supported niobia catalysts. Topics in Catalysis, 53(15-18), 1217-1223. DOI: 10.1007/s11244-010-9566-9  [details] 
  • Bandyopadhyay, M., Shiju, N. R., & Brown, D. R. (2010). MCM-48 as a support for sulfonic acid catalysts. Catalysis Communications, 11(7), 660-664. DOI: 10.1016/j.catcom.2010.01.018  [details] 
  • Yoshida, K., Shiju, N. R., Brown, D. R., Boyes, E. D., & Gai, P. L. (2010). Double aberration-corrected TEM/STEM of tungstated zirconia nanocatalysts for the synthesis of paracetamol. Journal of Physics. Conference Series, 241, 012035. DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/241/1/012035  [details] 

2011

  • Shiju, N. R., Anilkumar, M., Gokhale, S. P., Rao, B. S., & Satyanarayana, C. V. V. (2011). Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene using nitrous oxide over vanadia-magnesia catalysts. Catalysis Science & Technology, 1(7), 1262-1270. DOI: 10.1039/c1cy00168j  [details] 
  • Shiju, N. R., Yoshida, K., Boyes, E. D., Brown, D. R., & Gai, P. L. (2011). Dynamic atomic scale in situ electron microscopy in the development of an efficient heterogeneous catalytic process for pharmaceutical NSAIDS. Catalysis Science & Technology, 1(3), 413-425. DOI: 10.1039/c0cy00063a  [details] 

2015

Prijs

  • Shiju, N.R. (2017): Emerging Investigator Award.
  • Shiju, N.R. (2016): Developing an efficient process for the transformation of levuline acid from bio mass into valuable raw materials.

Mediaoptreden

  • Shiju, Shiju Raveendran (06-04-2017): Carbon Dioxide Can Easily Convert Into Industrial Fuel Using Novel Catalyst The Science Times. Carbon Dioxide Can Easily Convert Into Industrial Fuel Using Novel Catalyst.

Spreker

  • Shiju, N.R. (speaker) (10-2016): Metal oxide catalysed selective oxidations-probing the structure-activity relationships, SABIC Bangalore.
  • Shiju, N.R. (speaker) (10-2016): Catalysis in action: a few short stories, M.G. University, Kottayam.
  • Shiju, N.R. (speaker) (28-10-2016): Catalysis engineering for sustainable chemical processes, CTCE-2016, Pune, India.
  • Shiju, N.R. (speaker) (4-2016): Tuning selectivity in oxidation of lower alkanes, 1st Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, Berlin, Germany.
  • Shiju, N.R. (speaker) (3-2016): Break the bark: New catalytic routes from biomass to chemicals, 26th ORCS Conference, Miami, United States.
  • Shiju, N.R. (speaker) (2-2016): Catalysis in action: from nylon to paracetamol, Neste, Espoo.
  • Shiju, N.R. (speaker) (1-2016): Designing heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable chemical processes, DSM.
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