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

12 May 2022

A metallic duo to improve catalysts, by Kristiaan Helfferich (UU)

Prof. Petra de Jongh already mentioned it when she was hosted by the Dutch NPO Radio 1: young researchers are very eager to work on today‚Äôs challenges in making chemistry […]

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10 May 2022

Petra de Jongh te gast bij NPO Radio 1

Professor Petra de Jongh (UU) was te gast bij het programma Geld of je leven op NPO Radio 1. Ze ging in gesprek over de toekomst van groene waterstof en […]

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06 May 2022

Prof. Bert Weckhuysen winner of Max Planck Frontier Award 2022

ARC CBBC scientific director prof. Bert Weckhuysen is the winner of the Max Planck Frontier Award 2022! Every year, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion awards the prize […]

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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

Founding partners