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

05 December 2022

Printing packages with light

Can we make food packaging more sustainable? Sterre Bakker (TU/e)  recently published her results in journal ACS Applied Optical Materials. In collaboration with BASF, she looked at waterborne coatings that […]

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01 December 2022

New researchers!

Aleksandra Wawrzyniak (UL) Aleksandra is a new PhD student in the group of Prof. Marc Koper. She grew up in Poland, and moved to Berlin when she was 19 to […]

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28 November 2022

Using zeolites to produce chemical building blocks from green methanol

Chuncheng Liu (TUD) and Sophie van Vreeswijk (UU) joined forces, and published their work in the Chinese Journal of Catalysis. Chuncheng’s research is focused on using green methanol as feedstock […]

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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