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

11 March 2021

Reinventing Chemistry Together symposium, 22 April 2021

To commemorate the consortium’s first five-year anniversary, we organize the Reinventing Chemistry Together symposium on 22 April 2021. Broadcasted online from the NBC Conference Center in Nieuwegein our distinguished presenters […]

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18 November 2020

Interview with PhD student Lukas Wolzak: using biomass to contribute to a sustainable society

Do you want to know how the use of biomass can contribute to a more sustainable society?  PhD student Lukas Wolzak and Keimpe van den Berg (AkzoNobel) explain the purpose […]

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08 October 2020

Looking back on our Annual Symposium

We look back on an inspiring and successful annual symposium! Climate change and global warming urges society to reduce the environmental impact of production processes as well as of our […]

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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