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 October 2021

PRESS RELEASE | Vergroening van de chemische industrie stap dichterbij door verlengen ARC CBBC

Bedrijven en universiteiten nemen leidende rol in ontwikkeling van duurzame chemie, energie en materialen 12 Oktober 2021 Duurzame energie en materialen, zoals coatings en katalysatoren, komen een stap dichterbij nu […]

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12 October 2021

PRESS RELEASE | Greenification of the chemical industry one step closer by the extension of ARC CBBC

Companies and universities take a leading role in the development of sustainable chemistry, energy and materials 12 October 2021 Renewable energy and sustainable materials, such as coatings and catalysts, are […]

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29 September 2021

A view on collaboration within ARC-CBBC with Rim van de Poll

Rim van de Poll from Eindhoven University works within ARC CBBC’s multilateral research program Fundamentals of Catalysis in which he works together with six other PhD candidates. Rim does XPS […]

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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