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

25 November 2019

Team science unravels the mechanism behind CO2 conversion

Thanks to joint efforts of Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology and BASF, all united in ARC CBBC, researchers have found how CO2 conversion occurs at the surfaces of metals. […]

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21 November 2019

A promising new cross-linking technique for paints and coatings

ARC CBBC researchers Felix de Zwart, Johan Bootsma and Bas de Bruin of the University of Amsterdam explain in scientific journal Science their excitement about a new method for cross-linking […]

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17 October 2019

Infographics Workshop: visualising scientific data

Halfway through September, a group of twelve ARC CBBC researchers worked on their visual communication skills. In a two-day training they learned all about the necessary tools to create beautiful […]

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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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