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

13 July 2021

Meet Ramon Oord. Technician at the ARC CBBC hub in Utrecht.

Meet Ramon Oord our technician the ARC CBBC lab at Utrecht University Ramon Oord joined ARC CBBC in February 2018 as research technician for the Utrecht University hub. He has […]

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23 June 2021

New Chemistry for a Sustainable Future! Launch of the fourth ARC CBBC multilateral research program.

Greenifying chemistry! Energy efficient production processes and re-using waste streams. ARC CBBC has launched a new multilateral research project focusing on using waste, such as plastic and CO2, as feedstock […]

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30 May 2021

Marc Koper in the spotlight again as he receives the ECS Allen J. Bard Award!

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) honored Marc Koper, Professor of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands, with the 2021 ECS Allen J. Bard Award in Electrochemical Science. Bard Award […]

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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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