Eline Hutter is an associate professor at Utrecht University. It fascinates her how much energy is provided by (sun-)light, and she is curious to find out how we can use the interactions between materials and light to e.g. store solar energy, initiate chemical reactions or understand fundamental properties of materials or reactions. Her research focuses on using advanced spectroscopic and structural characterization to investigate the relationship between the optoelectronic and structural properties of materials and their activity and selectivity as photocatalysts. Her long-term research goal is to understand which non-toxic materials have the potential to use the energy from sun- or indoor light to generate electricity or deplete air pollutants such as CO2 or pathogens. These materials could then be used to add unique functionalities to surfaces.