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

20 September 2021

Join us! PhD position in the development of nanoreactors for polyolefin recycling Eindhoven University of Technology

Are you passionate about finding chemical solutions for making polymer materials more sustainable and less of a burden to our environment? Are you a polymer scientist with affinity for nanoscience […]

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13 September 2021

Collaborate to innovate | teaching project with Hogeschool Utrecht

#Reinventingchemistrytogether! We bring the next generation of researchers together in our mission towards the #greenification of the chemical industry! To encourage collaboration and expertise exchange ARC CBBC and Utrecht University of Applied Sciences got together and started […]

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26 August 2021

Greenifying chemistry: back to the drawing table. An interview with Anne-Eva Nieuwelink

Innovation in the chemical sector is crucial for a more sustainable society. In our way towards the greenification of chemistry we have to join forces, get back to the drawing […]

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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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