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

25 November 2021

Welcome to our new Executive Board Member Evren Ünsal

Recently Evren Ünsal has joined  the ARC CBBC Executive Board as a representative for Shell, She is also member of the ARC CBBC Communications Workgroup. Evren is an R&D engineer with […]

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25 November 2021

ARC CBBC at Dutch Transformation Forums 2021

The current economic and social climate, as well as fundamental changes occurring in rapid succession, are causing companies, governments, knowledge institutes, and NGOs to emphasize cooperation for creating a new […]

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09 November 2021

How to  put solar energy into a “container” by Kaijian Zhu (UT)

How to  put solar energy into a “container” As you may know, the temperatures in both the Antarctic and Arctic are rising, the sea ice is melting. You also may […]

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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