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17 September 2018

Come and play at the Weekend van de Wetenschap

Come and play our interactive game at the Weekend van de Wetenschap.

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20 July 2018

Climate ambitions beyond 2030

“The brand new Dutch climate agreement speaks ambition. The Netherlands want to emit 49% less greenhouse gases in 2030 and structurally 95% less in 2050, compared to the starting year […]

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17 July 2018

Meet our people… Lukas Wolzak

PhD candidate Lukas Wolzak from the University of Amsterdam is exploring new catalysts that make paints more sustainable. In this ARC CBBC bilateral project, industrial partner AkzoNobel wishes to find […]

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13 July 2018

Annual Report 2017: defining a strategic agenda

The title of the ARC CBBC Annual Report 2017 is ‘Towards a sustainable route for the synthesis of chemical building blocks’. This public version of ARC CBBC’s Annual Report 2017 […]

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29 June 2018

ARC CBBC starts with sustainable paint and catalysts

The Dutch research center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium, which investigates the sustainable molecules and materials of the future, is starting with two large new research lines. In its first two […]

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30 May 2018

Pieter Bruijnincx appointed Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis

The Executive Board of Utrecht University has appointed Pieter Bruijnincx to the post of Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis at the Department of Chemistry. This new Chair will bridge […]

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Other 2018 news

ARC CBBC mini symposium

On Thursday 12 April, ARC CBBC organised the consortium’s first mini symposium. Our community, including academics, company researchers, and board members, gathered in museum Catharijneconvent. We discussed our research topics, […]

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ERC Advanced Grant for Bert Meijer

Professor of Organic Chemistry Bert Meijer (Eindhoven University of Technology) is receving an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. ARC CBBC member Meijer wants to build complex functional materials […]

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Moniek Tromp appointed professor at RUG

Moniek Tromp, currently at VU Amsterdam, has been appointed as a Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Groningen. She will start her new position on 1 July 2018. […]

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First ARC CBBC lab ready to be equipped

The new ARC CBBC lab room at hub location Utrecht is ready to be furnished. We can now start to equip our first labs. They will be finished at the […]

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Ben Feringa receives first European Chemistry Gold Medal

Ben Feringa, Chair of ARC CBBC, has been awarded the very first European Chemistry Gold Medal. He is receiving the award for exceptional achievements in the field of chemistry in […]

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Vici Grant for Syuzanna Harutyunyan

Our member dr. Syuzanna Harutyunyan from the University of Groningen, has been awarded an NWO Vici grant. She will receive 1.5 million euros for her research on Lewis acids. Using […]

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Metal nanoparticles as catalysts for fast and efficient CO2 conversion

Researchers of our full partners Utrecht University and BASF made some big steps in designing catalysts for the conversion of CO2 into a gas fuel. If you can apply this […]

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All 2017 news

Meet our people: first postdoc Matteo Monai

At 1 November, ARC CBBC’s first postdoctoral researcher started in a bilateral project of BASF and Utrecht University. Matteo Monai is an expert on heterogeneous catalysis in topics related to […]

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Bert Meijer receives Japanse award for principles of supramolecular chemistry

Bert Meijer, professor of Organic Chemistry at TU/e, will receive the Nagoya Gold Medal on 22 December. The prize is awarded to the world’s best scientists of organic chemistry, a […]

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Bert Weckhuysen appointed as distinguished professor Utrecht University

With effect from 1 January 2018, Bert Weckhuysen has been appointed Distinguished Professor in ‘Catalysis, Energy and Sustainability’ at Utrecht University. Read the news on the website of Utrecht University.

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Krijn de Jong receives South African Eminent Visitor Award

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 […]

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Petra de Jongh in de Volkskrant

De Volkskrant published a newspaper spread about the work of CBBC member Petra de Jongh. Read the article (in Dutch) on the websites of either de Volkskrant or LexisNexis.

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Karl Ziegler Prize for Matthias Beller

Chair of the ARC CBBC Scientific Advisory Board Matthias Beller (Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) at the University of Rostock) has been awarded the Karl Ziegler Prize. This is one of the […]

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New position for Tanja Cuk

Dr. Tanja Cuk has accepted a position as associate professor  in the Chemistry Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. The position is also associated with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute […]

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Volker Hessel receives ERC Proof of Concept Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) has granted Prof. Volker Hessel a Proof of Concept grant. This ‘top up’ grant, worth €150.000, is designed to help ERC-funded frontier research maximize value. […]

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Syuzanna Harutyunyan wins Homogenous Catalysis Award

Prof. Syuzanna Harutyunyan (University of Groningen) is the Homogeneous Catalysis Award winner of 2017. Her work focuses on developing new methods to synthesise molecules that are useful in the pharmaceutical, […]

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Detlef Lohse receives 2017 Fluid Dynamics Prize

Prof. Detlef Lohse, University of Twente, has been awarded the 2017 Fluid Dynamics Prize. The prize was established in 1979 by the American Physical Society to recognize and encourage outstanding […]

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C&EN cover story on Bert Weckhuysen

Chemical & Engineering News published a cover story on the work of ARC CBBC Executive Board member Bert Weckhuysen. The publication, entitled Hunting for the hidden chemistry in solid catalysts, elaborates […]

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Hoogewerff Gold Medal awarded to Freek Kapteijn

The Board of the Stichting Hoogewerff-Fonds has awarded the Hoogewerff Gold Medal 2017 to ARC CBBC member Prof. Dr. Freek Kapteijn, Professor at Delft University of Technology. With this award, the Board […]

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Nathalie Katsonis receives KNCV Gold Medal

Nathalie Katsonis has been awarded the KNCV Gold Medal. “Katsonis is an outstanding chemist with a clear vision in a challenging field of expertise”, says Hermen Overkleeft, chairman of the […]

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Krijn de Jong receives François Gault Lectureship Award

EFCATS, the European Federation of Catalysis Societies, has announced today that they are awarding the 2017 EFCATS François Gault Lectureship to Krijn de Jong, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis. […]

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Bert Weckhuysen in BNR podcast

Among others, Bert Weckhuysen features in the first episode of ‘Captains of Chemistry’, a podcast by BNR. In this series, reporter Edwin Mooibroek explores the subjects of chemistry and innovation and tries to answer the question: How […]

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Bert Weckhuysen wins Tanabe Prize for acid-based catalysis

Bert Weckhuysen, Scientific Director of ARC CBBC, receives this year’s Kozo Tanabe Prize for Acid-Base Catalysis. The prize was initiated by the International Acid-Base Catalysis Group and bears the name of […]

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Two ERC Advanced Grants for ARC CBBC members

ARC CBBC members Detlef Lohse (University of Twente) and Sijbren Otto (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) have been awarded ERC Advanced Grants. With the grants of 2.5 Million Euros each, awarded by the […]

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Robert B. Anderson Award for Bert Weckhuysen

Bert Weckhuysen will receive the 2018 Robert B. Anderson Award for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of the functioning of solid catalysts and the related development of advanced […]

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First ARC CBBC members meeting

The first 39 members of ARC CBBC convened in the Academiegebouw in Utrecht to give the research center a flying start. The members got to know each other in a […]

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ARC CBBC satellite meeting in Sassenheim

On 17 February in Utrecht, our members had the opportunity to discuss two of the three multilateral flagship programs as proposed by the Executive Board: “Small Molecule Activation” and “Fundamentals […]

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ARC CBBC starts with 39 academic members

The first 39 researchers have been selected for personal membership for the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Block Consortium (ARC CBBC). The start of the first research projects in this […]

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All 2016 news

Ben Feringa decorated Commander of the Netherlands’ Lion

The Chair of the Executive Board of ARC CBBC, Ben Feringa, has been decorated as Commander of the Netherlands Lion. Minister Jet Bussemaker awarded him the decoration on 23 November […]

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Feringa receives glass nanomotor from ARC CBBC boards

On Wednesday 23 November, Ben Feringa received a special and unique handmade gift from the Executive Board, also on behalf of the Supervisory Board, to congratulate him with to his […]

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Klavs Jensen wins AICHE Founders Award

Prof. Klavs Jensen, member of the ARC CBBC Scientific Advisory Board, has won the 2016 Founders Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Chemical Engineering. AIChE, the Global Home for […]

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Defining research topics of ARC CBBC

At the moment, the team of Program Directors – Hans Kuipers (TU/e), Ben Feringa (RUG) and Bert Weckhuysen (UU) – are visiting their equivalent Innovation Directors – Marcel Schreuder Goedheijt and André […]

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Scientific Advisory Board nominated

Twelve outstanding international scientific leaders from among others MIT, Berkeley, Cambridge and Max Planck have been nominated for the Scientific Advisory Board. The SAB covers expertise in Heterogeneous catalysis and materials, […]

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Stan Gielen joins Supervisory Board of ARC CBBC

As of January 2017, Prof. Stan Gielen will be appointed as Chairman of the board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). As chair of NWO, Gielen will also […]

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Publication Guy Marin in Science

Prof. Guy Marin, member of the ARC CBBC Scientific Advisory Board, has recently published a Science paper about a new process that can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. […]

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Ben Feringa wins the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Professor Ben Feringa, Chair of the Executive Board of ARC CBBC, has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Sir J. Fraser Stoddart. “Bernard Feringa was the […]

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Volker Hessel receives Flow Chemistry Award

ARC CBBC researcher Volker Hessel was awarded the 2016 IUPAC ThalesNano Prize for Flow Chemistry. The prize consists of an award of $10,000 US Dollars and was presented at the 14th […]

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Liebig Medal for Markus Antonietti

Prof. Markus Antonietti, member of the ARC CBBC Scientific Advisory Board, has been honoured with the Liebig Medal for his groundbreaking work in the converging fields of polymer research and nanoscience.

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Ben Feringa wins the 2016 Tetrahedron Prize

The Board of Executive Editors of Elsevier‘s Tetrahedron journal series have announced that the 2016 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry has been awarded to Professor Ben Feringa, Chair of the Executive Board of ARC […]

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ARC CBBC launched

On 10 May, the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC) celebrated its official start. The research center occupies an excellent position to play a leading role in […]

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