Matthijs Van Spronsen

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Matthijs started as a Beamline Scientist on B07 in September 2020. He previously worked as postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Harvard University,

Email: matthijs.vanspronsen@diamond.ac.uk
  • Catalytic reactions of model catalysts
  • Electron yield X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy on the solid-liquid interface
  • Exploring biomaterials in situ using soft X-ray spectroscopy
  • High-pressure scanning probe microscopy

Latest publications

  • B. Zugic*, M.A. van Spronsen* et al.,Evolution of steady-state material properties during catalysis: Oxidative coupling of methanol over nanoporous Ag0.03Au0.97, J. Catal., 380 (2019) 336, 10.1016/j.jcat.2019.08.041
    *contributed equally

  • C.R. O’Connor, K. Duanmu, D.A. Patel, E. Muramoto, M.A. van Spronsen, et al., Facilitating hydrogen atom migration via a dense phase on palladium islands to a surrounding silver surface, accepted Proc. Nat. Ac. Sci.

  • Y.-H. Lu, C. Morales, X. Zhao, M.A. van Spronsen et al., Ultra-thin Free-Standing Oxide Membranes for Electron and Photon Spectroscopy Studies of Solid-gas and Solid-liquid Interfaces, Nano Lett. 20 (2020) 6364

  1. Biography
  2. Research
  3. Publications
  4. Collaborations
Biography -

Matthijs obtained B.Sci (2009) & M.Sci. (2011) degrees in chemistry and a PhD in physics (2016), all from Leiden university. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University in the group of Cynthia M. Friend (2016–2018) and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the group of Miquel B. Salmeron (2018-2020). He joined Diamond Light Source as a beamline scientist for B07 in September 2020.

His research focuses on the structure and reactivity of surfaces under realistic chemical conditions, including (near-) ambient gas pressures and liquids, aiming to understand, e.g., catalysis and corrosion on a fundamental level. For that, he uses a combination of tools (high-pressure scanning probe microscopy & ambient-pressure X-ray photoemission/absorption spectroscopy). Furthermore, he develops new instrumentation to study solid-liquid interfaces.

 

 

Research - +
Publications - +

Peer-reviewed papers, 1st author

  1. B. Zugic*, M.A. van Spronsen*, C. Heine, M.M. Montemore, Y. Li, D.N. Zakharov, S. Karakalos, B.A.J. Lechner, E. Crumlin, M.M. Biener, A.I. Frenkel, J. Biener, E.A. Stach, M.B. Salmeron, E. Kaxiras, R.J. Madix, and C.M. Friend, Evolution of steady-state material properties during catalysis: Oxidative coupling of methanol over nanoporous Ag0.03Au0.97, J. Catal., 380 (2019) 336, 10.1016/j.jcat.2019.08.041
    *contributed equally

  2. M.A. van Spronsen, K. Duanmu, C.R. O’Connor, T. Egle, H. Kersell, J. Oliver-Meseguer, M.B. Salmeron, R.J. Madix, P. Sautet, and C.M. Friend, The Dynamics of Surface Alloys: Rearrangement of Pd/Ag(111) Induced by CO and O2, J. Phys. Chem. C. 123 (2019) 8312, 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b08849

  3. M.A. van Spronsen, J.W.M. Frenken, and I.M.N. Groot, Observing the oxidation of platinum, Nat. Comm., 8 (2017) 429, 10.1038/s41467-017-00643-z

  4. M.A. van Spronsen, J.W.M. Frenken, and I.M.N. Groot, Surface science under reaction conditions: CO oxidation on Pt and Pd model catalysts, Chem. Soc. Rev., 46 (2017) 4347, 10.1039/C7CS00045F

  5. M.A. van Spronsen, C.J. Weststrate, and L.B.F. Juurlink, A comparison of CO oxidation by hydroxyl and atomic oxygen from water on low-coordinated Au atoms, ACS Catal., 6 (2016) 7051, 10.1021/acscatal.6b01720

  6. M.A. van Spronsen, C.J. Weststrate, A. den Dunnen, M.E. van Reijzen, C. Hahn, and L.B.F. Juurlink, Hydrophilic Interaction Between Low-Coordinated Au and Water: H2O/Au (310) Studied with TPD and XPS, J. Phys. Chem. C, 120, (2016) 8693,
    10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b00912

  7. M.A. van Spronsen, G.J.C. van Baarle, C.T. Herbschleb, J.W.M. Frenken, and I.M.N. Groot, High- pressure operando STM studies giving insight in CO oxidation and NO reduction over Pt(1 1 0), Catal. Today, 244 (2015) 85, 10.1016/j.cattod.2014.07.008

    Erratum to “High-pressure operando STM studies giving insight in CO oxidation and NO reduction over Pt(1 1 0)” [Catal. Today 244 (2015) 85–95], Catal. Today, 256, Part 2 (2015) 384, 10.1016/j.cattod.2015.05.002


    Peer-reviewed papers, corresponding author

  8. C.R. O’Connor, J.A. Boscoboinik, and M.A. van Spronsen, Carbon monoxide, CO(g), by high resolution near ambient pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Surf. Sci. Spectr., 27 (2020) 014002, 10.1116/1.5131166

  9. J.-Q. Zhong, M. Wang, W.H. Hoffmann, M.A. van Spronsen, D. Lu, and J.A. Boscoboinik, Synchrotron-based ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of hydrogen and helium, Appl. Phys. Lett., 112 (2018) 091602, 10.1063/1.5022479

     

    Peer-reviewed papers, co-author

  10. C.R. O’Connor, K. Duanmu, D.A. Patel, E. Muramoto, M.A. van Spronsen, D. Stacchiola, E.C.H. Sykes, P. Sautet, R.J. Madix, and C.M. Friend, Facilitating hydrogen atom migration via a dense phase on palladium islands to a surrounding silver surface, accepted Proc. Nat. Ac. Sci.

  11. Y.-H. Lu, C. Morales, X. Zhao, M.A. van Spronsen, A. Baskin, D. Prendergast, P. Yang, H. Bechtel, E. Barnard, F. Ogletree, V. Altoe, L. Soriano, A. Schwartzberg, and M. Salmeron, Ultra-thin Free-Standing Oxide Membranes for Electron and Photon Spectroscopy Studies of Solid-gas and Solid-liquid Interfaces, Nano Lett. 20 (2020) 6364

  12. J.S. Lim, J. Vandermause, M.A. van Spronsen, A. Musaelian, C.R. O’Connor, T. Egle, Y. Xie, L. Sun, N. Molinari, J. Florian, K. Duanmu, R.J. Madix, P. Sautet, C.M. Friend, and B. Kozinsky, Evolution of metastable structures in bimetallic catalysts from microscopy and machine-learning molecular dynamic, accepted J. Am. Chem. Soc.

  13. C.R. O’Connor, M.A. van Spronsen, T. Egle, F. Xu, H.R. Kersell, J. Oliver-Meseguer, M. Karatok, M. Salmeron, R.J. Madix, and C.M. Friend, Dramatic rate enhancement at restructuring interfaces, Nat. Comm. 11 (2020) 1844, 10.1038/s41467-020-15536-x

  14. N. Janvelyan, M.A. van Spronsen, C. H. Wu, Z. Qi, M.M. Montemore, J. Shan, D.N. Zakharov, F. Xu, J.A. Boscoboinik, M.B. Salmeron, E.A. Stach, M. Flyztani-Stephanopoulos, J. Biener, and C.M. Friend, Stabilization of a Nanoporous NiCu Catalyst for Non-oxidative Ethanol Dehydrogenation, Cat. Sci. Techn. 10 (2020) 5207

  15. S. Chen, M. Li, M. Gao, J. Jin, M.A. van Spronsen, M. Salmeron, and P. Yang, High-Performance Pt−Co Nanoframes for Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis, Nano Lett., 20 (2020) 1974–1979, 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b05251

  16. Wetting Behavior of Palladium Thin Film Deposited on a Two-Dimensional Bilayer Aluminosilicate, N. Akter, J.T. Sadowski, C. Zhou, J.-Q. Zhong, M.A. van Spronsen, Y. Xu, X. Tong, T. Kim, S. Tenney, A.R. Head, D.J. Stacchiola, and J.A. Boscoboinik, Top. Catal., 62 (2019) 1067

    10.1007/s11244-019-01193-y

  17. F. Xu, M.M. Montemore, C.R. O’Connor, E. Muramoto, M.A. van Spronsen, R.J. Madix, C.M. Friend, Oxygen adsorption on spontaneously reconstructed Au(511), Surf. Sci., 679 (2019) 296, 10.1016/j.susc.2018.09.012

  18. M.M. Montemore, M.A. van Spronsen, R.J. Madix, and C.M. Friend, O2 Activation by Metal Surfaces: Implications for Bonding and Reactivity on Heterogeneous Catalysts, Chem. Rev., 118 (2018) 2816, 10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00217

  19. T. Niu, Z. Jiang, Y. Zhu, G. Zhou, M.A. van Spronsen, S.A. Tenney, J.A. Boscoboinik, and D. Stacchiola, Oxygen-promoted Methane Activation on Copper, J. Phys. Chem. B, 122 (2018) 855, 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b06956

  20. J.M. de Voogd, M.A. van Spronsen, et al., Fast and reliable pre-approach for scanning probe microscopes based on tip-sample capacitance, Ultramicroscopy, 181 (2017) 61, 10.1016/j.ultramic.2017.05.009

  21. R.V. Mom, W.G. Onderwaater, M.J. Rost, M. Jankowski, S. Wenzel, L. Jacobse, P.F.A. Alkemade, V. Vandalon, M.A. van Spronsen, et al., Simultaneous scanning tunneling microscopy and synchrotron X-ray measurements in a gas environment, Ultramicroscopy, 182 (2017) 233, 10.1016/j.ultramic.2017.07.011

  22. W.G. Onderwaater, O. Balmes, S.B. Roobol, M.A. Van Spronsen, J. Drnec, F. Carla, R. Felici, J.W.M Frenken, Oxidation of CO on Pd(1 0 0): on the structural evolution of the PdO layer during the self sustained oscillation regime, Catal. Struct. Reactivity, 3 (2017) 89, 10.1080/2055074X.2017.1280641

  23. S.B. Roobol, W.G. Onderwaater, M.A. van Spronsen, et al., In situ studies of NO reduction by H2 over Pt using surface X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, Phys. Chem. Phys. Chem., 19 (2017) 8485, 10.1039/C6CP08041C

  24. V. Navarro, M.A. van Spronsen, and J.W.M., Frenken, In situ observation of self-assembled Fischer-Tropsch products on a cobalt catalyst, Nat. Chem., 8 (2016) 929, 10.1038/nchem.2613

  25. W.G. Onderwaater, P.C. van der Tuijn, R.V. Mom, M.A. van Spronsen, S.B. Roobol, A. Saedi, J. Drnec, H. Isern, F. Carla, T. Dufrane, R. Koehler, B. Crama, I.M.N. Groot, R. Felici, and J.W.M. Frenken, Combined scanning probe microscopy and x-ray scattering instrument for in situ catalysis investigations, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 87 (2017) 113705, doi.org/10.1063/1.4968804

  26. S.B. Roobol, M.E. Cañas-Ventura, M. Bergman, M.A. van Spronsen, W.G. Onderwaater, P.C. van der Tuijn, R. Koehler, A. Ofitserov, G.J.C. van Baarle, and J.W.M. Frenken, The ReactorAFM: Non-contact atomic force microscope operating under high-pressure and high-temperature catalytic conditions, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 86 (2015) 033706, 10.1063/1.4916194

  27. C.T. Herbschleb, P.C. van der Tuijn, S.B. Roobol, V. Navarro, J.W. Bakker, Q. Liu, D. Stoltz, M.E. Cañas-Ventura, G. Verdoes, M.A. van Spronsen, M. Bergman, L. Crama, I. Taminiau, A. Ofitserov, G.J.C van Baarle, and J.W.M. Frenken, The ReactorSTM: Atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy under high-pressure, high-temperature catalytic reaction conditions, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 85 (2014) 083703, 10.1063/1.4891811

  28. L.R. Baker, G. Kennedy, J.M. Krier, M.A. van Spronsen, R.M. Onorato, G.A. Somorjai, The Role of an Organic Cap in Nanoparticle Catalysis: Reversible Restructuring of Carbonaceous Material Controls Catalytic Activity of Platinum Nanoparticles for Ethylene Hydrogenation and Methanol Oxidation , Cat. Lett., 142 (2012) 1286, 10.1007/s10562-012-0904-3

  29. L.R. Baker, G. Kennedy, M.A. van Spronsen, A. Hervier, X. Cai, S. Chen, L.-W. Wang, and G.A. Somorjai, Furfuraldehyde Hydrogenation on Titanium Oxide-Supported Platinum Nanoparticles Studied by Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy: Acid-Base Catalysis Explains the Molecular Origin of Strong Metal-Support Interactions, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134 (2012) 14208, 10.1021/ja306079h

  30. M.E. van Reijzen, M.A. van Spronsen, J. Doctor, and L.B.F. Juurlink, CO and H2O adsorption and reaction on Au(310), Surf. Sci., 605 (2011) 1726, 10.1016/j.susc.2011.06.006

 

Collaborations - +
  • Miquel B. Salmeron (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Cynthia M. Friend (Harvard University)

 

 

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