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Dr Pieter Magusin


2015 -
Solid-state NMR specialist / lab manager @ University of Cambridge / Department of Chemistry / The Grey Group

research expert Solid-state NMR @ Catholic University Leuven/
Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis (Belgium)

assistant professor / head of ssNMR facility @  Eindhoven University of Technology /Lab. of Catalysis and Inorganic Chemistry (Netherlands)


EU postdoc @ Mercator University Duisburg/
Physical Chemistry (Germany)


1995  Ph.D. @ Wageningen University (Netherlands)

Departments and Institutes

Department of Chemistry:

Research Interests

materials for energy (batteries / fuel cells / supercaps)
material nanostructure and energy-carrier dynamics
molecular storage of energy (synthetic fuels; biomass)
CO2 capture and reduction
solid- and liquid-state NMR / MRI  
other characterization techniques (e.g., XRD, electrochemical)


  • Chemistry
  • Storage
  • Materials


Key Publications

Hydrogen storage (electrochemical and gas-phase)

Manivasagam, T.G.; Magusin, P.C.M.M.; Srinivasan, S.; Krishnan, G.; Kooi, B.J.; Notten, P.H.L.; Electrochemical deuteration of meta-stable MgTi alloys: An effective way to inhibit phase segregation. Advanced Energy Materials 4 (2014) 1300590 1-7.

Manivasagam, T.G.; Magusin, P.C.M.M.; Iliksu, M.; Notten, P.H.L.; Influence of Nickel and Silicon Addition on the Deuterium Siting and Mobility in fcc Mg−Ti Hydride Studied with 2H MAS NMR, J. Phys. Chem. C. 118 (2014) 10606 – 10615.

Srinivasan, S.; Magusin, P.C.M.M.; Kalisvaart, W.P.; Notten, P.H.L.; Cuevas, F.; Latroche, M.; van Santen, R.A.; Nanostructure of magnesium-titanium deuteride studied with X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and magic-angle-spinning 2H NMR spectroscopy. Phys. Rev. B 81 (2010) 054107.

Magusin, P.C.M.M. ; Kalisvaart, W.P.;  Notten, P.H.L.;  van Santen, R.A.; Hydrogen sites and dynamics in light-weight hydrogen-storage material Magnesium Scandium Hydride investigated with 1H and 2H NMR Chem. Phys. Lett. 456 (2008) 55—58.

Au Y.S.; Klein Obbink, M.; Srinivasan, S.; Magusin, P.C.M.M.; De Jong, K.P.; De Jongh, P.E.; The Size Dependence of Hydrogen Mobility and Sorption Kinetics for Carbon-Supported MgH2 Particles Adv. Funct. Mater. 24 (2014) 3604–3611.

Grzech, A.; Lafont, U.; Magusin, P.C.M.M.; Mulder, F.M.; Microscopic study of TiF3 as hydrogen storage catalyst for MgH2; J. Phys. Chem. C 116 (1012) 26027–26035.

Biomass conversion / catalysis

Dijkmans, J.; Dusselier, M.; Gabriëls, D.; Houthoofd, K.; Magusin, P.C.M.M.;  Huang, S.; Pontikes, Y.; Trekels, M.; Vantomme, A.; Giebeler, L.; Oswald, S.; Sels, B.F.; Cooperative Catalysis for Multistep Biomass Conversion with Sn/Al Beta Zeolite, ACS Catalysis 5 (2015) 928–940.

Ennaert, T.; Geboers, J.; Gobechiya, E.; Courtin, C.M.; Kurttepeli, M.; Houthoofd, K.; Kirschhock, C.E.A.; Magusin, P.C.M.M.; Bals, S.; Jacobs, P.A. Sels, B.F.; Zeolites in Hot Liquid Water, ACS Catal. 5 (2015) 754–768.

Degirmenci, V., Pidko, E.A., Magusin, P.C.M.M., Hensen, E.J.M. (2011). Towards  a selective heterogeneous catalyst for glucose dehydration to  5-hydroxymethylfurfural in water: CrCl2 catalysis in a thin immobilized ionic liquid layer. ChemCatChem 3 (2011) 969-972.