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

22 June 2020

Chemist Jan van Hest receives prestigious Spinoza Prize

Polymer chemist Jan van Hest has been awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest distinction in Dutch science. He is pioneering a new research field at the interface of polymer chemistry […]

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14 May 2020

Marjolein Dijkstra and Sijbren Otto appointed as KNAW members

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has selected eighteen new members, two of which are member of ARC CBBC: Marjolein Dijkstra and Sijbren Otto. Dijkstra is Professor […]

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11 May 2020

Marjolein Dijkstra receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ARC CBBC member and physicist Marjolein Dijkstra has been granted an ERC Advanced Grant. Professor Dijkstra will receive 2.5 million euros for her project Rational Design of Soft Hierarchical Materials […]

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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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