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My name is Dirk Beetstra, I was born in Waskemeer, The Netherlands in 1971. Lived there until 1994, lived in Belgium (Leuven) for one year, and moved to Groningen (Netherlands), where I lived until 2005. From 2005 until 2009 I lived in Cardiff, Wales, UK, and from 2009 until 2011 I have been living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Since the beginning of 2012 I am living in Saudi Arabia, first in Riyad and then in Thuwal, KAUST.

General Interests:

My general interests are Chemistry (also my current workfield) and I like to walk/bike around in nature.


I specialise in organic, organometallic and coordination chemistry. I studied chemistry at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen and University of Groningen (organic chemistry). After finishing my study I did a PhD in organometallic chemistry under guidance of Bart Hessen and Jan Teuben. From 2005 to 2008 I worked as a postdoc in Cardiff, Wales at Cardiff University (working on the synthesis of new carbene ligands) under guidance of Kingsley Cavell, Nancy Dervisi and Ian Fallis and later under guidance of Mike Coogan, working on transfer hydrogenation. From August 2009 till December 2011 I have been working in the group of Vincenzo Busico at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Eindhoven University of Technology) on supported olefin polymerisation catalysts ('FLATCATS' project). Since the beginning of 2012 I am working as a Scientist for SABIC in Thuwal, KAUST.

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