Building blocks for sustainable chemistry of the future

In the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC), founded in 2016, the companies AkzoNobel, BASF, Nouryon and Shell and the universities of Eindhoven, Groningen and Utrecht are working with the support of the Dutch government and scientists from other academic institutions on far-reaching research to find solutions to counteract greenhouse gas emissions and create a sustainable society.

Sharing a common vision of sustainability, our new generation of scientific talent aims to build the chemistry for the future.

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Our many research projects focus on three themes:

Functional materials & specialties


Energy carriers

30 May 2021

Marc Koper in the spotlight again as he receives the ECS Allen J. Bard Award!

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) honored Marc Koper, Professor of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands, with the 2021 ECS Allen J. Bard Award in Electrochemical Science. Bard Award […]

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29 May 2021

Comenius Senior Fellowship

After having received a Comenius Teaching Fellowship to launch the Da Vinci Project for BA  students in 2019, Bert Weckhuysen received a Comenius Senior Fellowship to expand it for MA […]

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25 May 2021

Did you know that the package of a milk carton is more complex than it looks?

Juice, dairy and other food packages are made of multiple layers. The boundary layer, the layer between the liquid and paper package, is made of plastic. Within ARC CBBC Sterre Bakker of Eindhoven University […]

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Programme directors

Ben Feringa

Professor of Organic chemistry and molecular sciences
University of Groningen

Bert Weckhuysen

Professor of Inorganic chemistry and catalysis
Utrecht University

Hans Kuipers

Professor of Multi-scale modelling of multiphase flows
Eindhoven University of Technology

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