Top Sector Chemistry

Nine Topsectors in the Netherlands link the Dutch companies, scientists, governments and societal organisations. ARC CBBC aims to be a true cross-over institute, addressing major themes in the innovation agendas of the priority sectors of Chemistry and Energy, as well as the cross-sectoral program on Bio-based Economy.


Top Sector Chemistry, a priority in the Netherlands

Within the Top Sector Chemistry sector, ARC CBBC addresses many of the major challenges identified in two roadmaps:

  • Chemical conversion, process technology & synthesis
  • Chemistry of advanced materials

Chemical conversion, process technology & synthesis

The roadmap for Chemical Conversion, Process Technology & Synthesis identifies as its main challenges the more efficient use of energy, more efficient use of raw materials, and processes that limit waste and closing the materials loop. It targets multi-scale understanding all the way from active sites (nanometer scale), particle agglomerates (micrometer scale), and catalyst particles (millimeter scale), to reactors (meter scale). The different tasks identified in the roadmap (Making Molecules Efficiently, Making Molecules from Biomass, and Making Functional Molecules) all demand an integrated approach to process technology, catalysis, and synthesis. That integration is at the heart of ARC CBBC.

Chemistry of advanced materials

The roadmap for Chemistry of Advanced Materials identifies ‘doing more with less’ as its main challenge: less weight or material but with more strength, performance or functionalities, ultimately leading to a smaller footprint for materials production. The tasks that have been identified in the roadmap are:

  • Designing materials with the right functionality
  • Thin films and coatings
  • Materials for sustainability

These key tasks interrelate nicely with the application fields targeted within ARC CBBC.