The Catalysis Society of South Africa (CATSA) has awarded the 2017 Eminent Visitor award to Prof. Krijn de Jong. CATSA aims to recognise excellence in catalysis research by overseas scientists. De Jong researches new methods for making chemical products – like plastics, cleaning products and antifreeze – in a sustainable way. All of these products are currently made from petroleum. De Jong and his team have devised a catalyst that enables biomass to be converted into the exact same building blocks.