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

29 September 2022

Introducing PhD candidates

Ashique Lal (UvA) Ashique from Kerala, India and is a PhD student supervised by Prof. Peter Bolhuis and Prof. Evert Jan Meijer in Computational Chemistry group of University of Amsterdam. […]

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29 September 2022

Looking further: a collaboration with DIFFER

The ARC CBBC has various partners, from both industry and academia. However, we look beyond these partners to fit the needs of expertise within our projects.  Sometimes, expertise from outside […]

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27 September 2022

Podcast episode 4 now available!

Episode 4 of Morteza Hadian’s podcast is now available! Morteza’s guest is PhD candidate Daan Groefsema from Utrecht University. They discuss Daan’s project, which focuses on converting methane into the […]

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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