Background and activities

Professor Hilde J. Venvik is since 2015 Director of iCSI – industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation, a Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) granted by the Research Council of Norway for a period of 8 years.  iCSI involves the industrial partners Yara, KA Rasmussen, Dynea, Inovyn, and Haldor Topsøe, with SINTEF and the University of Oslo as research partners in addition to NTNU.  The total budget is ~20 mill €. 15 PhD candidates and 7 postdoctoral fellows will be trained within the joint industrial, academic and institute research of iCSI.

Hilde Venvik is part of the Catalysis group at the Department of Chemical Engineering, NTNU, the largest catalysis group in Norway and the main arena for education of PhD’s and MSc’s for Norwegian industry and research organizations. As of 2015 the group consists of five Faculty members (Edd A. Blekkan, De Chen, Magnus Rønning, Hilde Venvik, Yia Yang), ~20 PhD students and ~5 postdoctoral fellows. The group is an integrated NTNU/SINTEF research laboratory where NTNU-staff collaborate and share facilities with ~10 permanent researchers employed by SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Process Chemistry Department. This collaboration is institutionalized through the KINCAT Gemini centre (NTNU/SINTEF twin research centre). Together with the catalysis groups at the University of Oslo and SINTEF, the group was part of a Centre for Research-based Innovation (Innovative Natural Gas Processes and Products – inGAP) during 2007-2015

Hilde Venvik was NTNU Director of the Gas Technology Centre NTNU-SINTEF (GTS) from 2010 to 2015. GTS was established in 2003 to exploit the multidisciplinary synergism of NTNU and SINTEF’s expertise  in gas technology with Statoil (now Equinor) as strategic partner. 

Venvik has published ~ 80 scientific journal paper and has an h-index of 27 (ISI-WebOfKnowledge, Scopus). In addition come some book chapters, reports and popular science contributions. She has given or contributed to > 100 scientific presentations at international conferences and work-shops. 8 PhD degrees have been completed with Venvik as the main supervisor (Astrid Lervik Mejdell, Fatemeh Hayer, Daham Gunawardana, Nicla Vicinanza, Farbod Dadgar, Marie Døvre Strømsheim, Xiaoyang Guo, Stine Lervold), 7 as secondary supervisor, and Venvik has supervised 38 master students in chemical process technology and nanotechnology.

Research areas:

  • Industrial and environmental catalysis; oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde over Ag-based catalysts, selective catalytic reduction, oxidation of hydrocarbons.
  • Catalysis for conversion of natural gas and biomass to fuels and chemicals, including hydrogen.
  • New catalytic reactor concepts for process intensification and control, i.e. monoliths, microstructured and membrane reactors.
  • Catalytic phenomena important to metal dusting corrosion, e.g. carbon formation from CO.
  • Surface science by combined experimental (scanning probe techniques, surface spectroscopy and electron diffraction and electron microscopy) and theoretical/modelling (density functional theory) approaches. Adsorption and reaction phenomena on metals (Ag, Co, Pd, …), related to (1-4 above), are of particular interest.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Arstad, Bjørnar; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Klette, Hallgeir; Walmsley, John; Tucho, Wakshum Mekonnen; Holmestad, Randi; Holmen, Anders; Bredesen, Rune. (2006) Studies of self-supported 1,6 μm Pd/23 wt.% Ag membranes during and after hydrogen production in a catalytic membrane reactor. Catalysis Today. vol. 118.
  • Huber, Florian; Yu, Zhixin; Lögdberg, Sara; Rønning, Magnus; Chen, De; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Holmen, Anders. (2006) Remarks on the passivation of reduced Cu-, Ni-, Fe-, Co-based catalysts. Catalysis Letters. vol. 110.
  • Meland, Hilde; Johannessen, Tue; Arstad, Bjørnar; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Rønning, Magnus; Holmen, Anders. (2006) Preparation of low temperature water-gas shift catalysts by flame spray pyrolysis. Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis. vol. 162.


  • Aartun, Ingrid; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Holmen, Anders; Pfeifer, Peter; Görke, Oliver; Schubert, Klaus. (2005) Temperature profiles and residence time effects during catalytic partial oxidation and oxidative steam reforming of propane in metallic microchannel reactors. Catalysis Today. vol. 110.
  • Aartun, Ingrid; Silberova, Bozena; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Pfeifer, P; Gorke, O; Schubert, K; Holmen, Anders. (2005) Hydrogen production from propane in Rh-impregnated metallic microchannel reactors and alumina foams. Catalysis Today. vol. 105.
  • Kvande, Ingvar; Chen, De; Rønning, Magnus; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Holmen, Anders. (2005) Highly active Cu-based catalysts on carbon nanofibers for isopropanol dehydrogenation. Catalysis Today. vol. 100.
  • Rønning, Magnus; Huber, Florian; Meland, Hilde; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Chen, De; Holmen, Anders. (2005) Relating catalyst structure and composition to the water�gas shift activity of Cu�Zn-based mixed-oxide catalysts. Catalysis Today. vol. 100.
  • Silberova, Bozena; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Holmen, Anders. (2005) Production of Hydrogen by short contact time partial oxidation and oxidative steam reforming of propane. Catalysis Today. vol. 99.


  • Aartun, Ingrid; Gjervan, T; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Gorke, O; Pfeifer, P; Fathi, Marcus; Holmen, Anders; Schubert, K. (2004) Catalytic conversion of propane to hydrogen in microstructured reactors. Chemical Engineering Journal. vol. 101.


  • Ramsvik, Trond; Borg, Anne; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Kildemo, Morten; Hansteen, Fredrik; Worren, Turid. (2002) Chemisorption and decomposition of acetylene on Co(1120). Surface Science. vol. 499.


  • Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Berg, Cecilie; Borg, Anne. (1998) CO adsorption on Co(1012) : a STM study. Surface Science. vol. 402/404.
  • Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Borg, Anne. (1998) The (2x5) carbon overlayer structure on Co(11#-20) studied by STM. Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing. vol. 66/1998.
  • Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Borg, Anne; Berg, Cecilie. (1998) Formation of the CO-induced (3x1) surface structure on Co (11#-20) studied by STM. Surface Science. vol. 397/1998.
  • Berg, Cecilie; Venvik, Hilde Johnsen; Strisland, Frode; Ramstad, Audun; Borg, Anne. (1998) Nucleation and growth of Au overlayers on Pt(100)-hex-R0.7%0 studied by STM and photoelectron spectroscopy. Surface Science. vol. 409.