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Greenifying chemistry to accelerate the transition towards a circular, waste-free society.

This, in a nutshell, is what drives the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC). This public-private organization was founded in 2016 in response to a call by the Dutch government to reduce the country’s carbon footprint pursuant to the 2015 Paris Agreement. At ARC CBBC, academia and industry join forces to curb fragmentation in the field of green chemistry and collaborate to deliver solutions for the carbon and energy-efficient economy of the future.

Our mission: Deploying the best of the Netherlands’ academic infrastructure to conduct ground-breaking research.

In order to embed circular chemistry into our everyday society, we will need to develop new manufacturing routes for many of the necessities we use each and every day: from fuels to pharmaceuticals, coatings and plastics. This includes the use of new feedstock and the design of innovative products and production processes. To accomplish this, ARC CBBC brings together scientific excellence and industrial research and development, in which academia and industry join forces at our research centre in the exploration and development of early-stage technologies and chemical building blocks. By deploying the best of the Netherlands’ academic infrastructure to conduct ground-breaking research – driven by both curiosity and the research topics themselves – we aim to counteract greenhouse gas emissions and transform our vision of a sustainable chemical industry into a tangible reality.

Would you like to know how ARC CBBC tackles the challenges of ‘greenifying chemistry’? Read our year overview ‘2021 at a glance’ or download our year reports.