Chemical building blocks for a sustainable future

ARC CBBC is the Dutch national research center that investigates chemical building blocks for novel sustainable 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

19 September 2018

Discovery of active locations on a catalyst makes 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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12 September 2018

Detlef Lohse wins prestigious Balzan Prize

Detlef Lohse, Professor of Physics of Fluids at the University of Twente, will be awarded the prestigious Balzan Prize 2018 for his fluid dynamics research. The Italo-Swiss Balzan Foundation announced […]

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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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