Ive Hermans

Position title: John and Dorothy Vozza Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Email: hermans@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.4966

Room 6311A, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

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Hermans Group
Ive Hermans


  • B.S. 2000, Leuven University (KU Leuven)
  • M.Sc. 2002, Leuven University (KU Leuven)
  • Ph.D. 2006, Leuven University (KU Leuven)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich, 2007-08
  • Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich, 2008-13



The Hermans Group is a multidisciplinary team, focusing on both fundamental and applied aspects of sustainable chemistry and catalysis. Topics of interest include:

  • Synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts
  • Immobilization of homogeneous catalysts
  • Catalytic and kinetic studies
  • Unravelling of reaction mechanisms
  • (In situ) spectroscopy (Infrared, Raman, UV-Vis)
  • Reactions in supercritical fluids and expanded liquid phases
  • Use of renewable resources
  • Quantum-chemical and theoretical kinetic calculations
  • Reaction engineering
  • High-pressure reaction technology

Considering the present challenges, our research group focuses on sustainable chemistry and catalysis:

  • Understanding the mechanisms of catalytic transformations
  • Viable use of renewable platform molecules
  • Design of energy efficient processes

Our interests range from purely mechanistic understandings of catalytic reactions to the design of applied catalytic systems. In order to contribute to these challenges, we use state-of-the-art equipment and set-ups.