Chemical building blocks for a sustainable future

ARC CBBC is the Dutch national research center that investigates chemical building blocks for novel sustainable energy and materials. We are a public-private organisation in which academic, industrial and governmental partners are cooperating intensively. Our many research projects focus on three themes.

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Functional materials & specialties


Energy carriers

06 November 2018

Fluorescent ‘breathalyzer’ makes optimisation of catalysts much easier

A breath test instead of a blood test. That’s how much easier it is to use the test for industrial catalysts developed by chemists at Utrecht University. The test uses […]

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19 September 2018

Active locations on a catalyst make sustainable plastic possible

At the moment, the raw materials for plastic are still made from crude oil, but in the future they could be sustainably produced from the tiny chemical compound methanol. An […]

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17 September 2018

Come and play at the Weekend van de Wetenschap

Come and play our interactive game at the Weekend van de Wetenschap. While playing, you will learn about our research on the sustainable molecules of the future.

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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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