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

08 May 2021

Coatings from nature

George Hermens (RUG) introduces us to coatings from nature. During the ARC CBBC lustrum event he explained his research for more sustainable coatings. In his research he focusses on the […]

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06 May 2021

Reinventing chemistry together in the media!

Reinventing chemistry together! Our mission towards sustainable chemistry with joint efforts has not gone unnoticed! The lustrum event on April 22nd not only got quite a lot of social media […]

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06 May 2021

The smallest matter: detection of nanoplastics

We all know that plastic waste is a threat to the environment, but did you know that when disposed in the environment plastic waste breaks down to smaller particles? Even […]

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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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