Reinventing Chemistry Together symposium, 22 April 2021


To commemorate the consortium’s first five-year anniversary, we organize the Reinventing Chemistry Together symposium on 22 April 2021. Broadcasted online from the NBC Conference Center in Nieuwegein our distinguished presenters share their perspectives, ambitions, challenges and solutions to develop sustainable chemistry for the future. Our research talents will show their research work on greenhouse-gas emissions reduction, waste-stream prevention and development of efficient chemical processes, aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of the chemical industry, while providing society with clean(er) and sustainable materials.

Register here for the event.

Symposium Program

Reinventing Chemistry Together – How to develop sustainable chemistry for the future

Moderator Joost Hoebink 

13:00 – 15:00 Part 1. Perspectives to develop sustainable chemistry for the future

Chemistry is everywhere. It is in our everyday consumer products. At the same time, it lies at the heart of some of the world’s present-day concerns. To act on climate change and sustainability challenges, the Dutch government, industry and scientists have joined forces to head to a better future. Since 2016, the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC) has been bringing industry and academia together in a joined research program. Sharing a common vision of sustainability, our new generation of scientific talent aims to build the chemistry for the future.

Opening and welcome

  • Bert Weckhuysen, Scientific Director of ARC CBBC
  • Ben Feringa, Chair of the Executive Board of ARC CBBC

Collaborative innovation in a time of change

  • Yuri Sebregts, Chief Technology Officer, Shell
  • Klaas Kruithof, Chief Technology Officer, AkzoNobel

Alliances to execute the innovation agenda

  • Jan Peter Balkenende, Chairman Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition and Chairman Major Alliance

Academic and industry perspectives on the chemical value chain to reinvent chemistry

  • Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General at European Round Table for Industry
  • Matthias Beller, Director Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of ARC CBBC

Reinventing chemistry together

  • Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • Marjan Oudeman, Chair of the Supervisory Board of ARC CBBC

Catalysis as a key enabler for sustainable chemistry

  • Robert Terörde, Senior Research Manager Catalysis, BASF
  • Lotte Metz, PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam

Methane as chemical feedstock rather than fuel

  • Sander van Bavel, Program Lead Methane-to-Products, Shell
  • Morteza Hadian, PhD Candidate, Eindhoven University of Technology

New and alternative functional materials and smart functionalities

  • André van Linden, Director Coatings Technology, AkzoNobel
  • Sarina Maβman, PhD Candidate, University of Groningen
15:15 – 17:15 Part 2. Collaboration to develop sustainable chemistry for the future

Together with program directors and company representatives, ARC CBBC researchers will show and discuss research work on greenhouse-gas emissions reduction, waste-stream prevention and development of efficient chemical processes, aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of the chemical industry, while providing society with clean(er) and sustainable materials.

Introduction

  • Bert Weckhuysen, Scientific Director of ARC CBBC

Green transformations and materials
How alternative solvents and building blocks can create climate-friendly, sustainable and responsive materials from which to make our everyday products.

  • Ben Feringa, Program Director Coatings, ARC CBBC
  • George Hermens, PhD Candidate, University of Groningen
  • Linda Eijsink, PhD Candidate, University of Groningen
  • Lukas Wolzak, PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam
  • Jitte Flapper, Technology Manager, AkzoNobel
  • Derk Jan van Dijken, Manager Process & Analytical Support, BASF

Using light to understand and turn catalysis upside down
How new catalysts can be designed to create a more sustainable and circular economy.

  • Bert Weckhuysen, Program Director Functional Materials & Specialties, ARC CBBC
  • Eline Hutter, Assistant Professor, Utrecht University
  • Mirjam de Graaf, PhD Candidate, Utrecht University
  • Bas Terlingen, PhD Candidate, Utrecht University
  • Matteo Monai, Chemical researcher, Utrecht University and Alumnus of ARC CBBC
  • Mathieu Ahr, Research Development & Innovation Specialist Nouryon
  • Esther Groeneveld, Staff chemist, BASF

From the laboratory to manufacturing plant
How solid catalysts can speed up and steer industrial chemical reactions towards particular products.

  • Hans Kuipers, Program Director Energy Carriers, ARC CBBC
  • Nikolay Kosinov, Assistant Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Suzan Schoemaker, PhD Candidate, Utrecht University
  • Morteza Hadian, PhD Candidate, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Peter Berben, Senior Research Manager Process Catalysts, BASF
  • Sander van Bavel, Program Lead Methane-to-Products, Shell

 Please note: the program is still provisional. Registered attendees will receive the full program in the week prior to the event.