EIES21: How chemistry can build the new green economy


Wednesday December 8th, 13.30-15.30 h, Rotterdam Ahoy

At the European Industry & Energy Summit 2021 ARC CBBC PhD candidates give an insight in their game changing research. While the founding partners of ARC CBBC together with the audience will discuss the need for new green building blocks

In the energy transition green chemistry and green molecules play an important role. Replacing fossil fuels and feedstock for sustainable or recycled hydrocarbons requires new catalysts and energy carriers. But also reducing waste in traditional processes can contribute to lowering the carbon footprint of the chemical industry. The Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC) is the Dutch national research center that investigates chemical building blocks for novel sustainable energy and materials.

Three ARC CBBC PhD candidates will give an insight in their game changing research. After that they will discuss with Robert Terörde (BASF), André van Linden (AkzoNobel) and Evren Ünsal (Shell)

and the audience about topics like the need for new green building blocks and the challenges they meet in the daily reality of an industry in transition. A transition where joining forces across borders is key to come to solutions for the challenges in society.


  • Lotte Metz (ARC CBBC PhD candidate, UvA): ‘Improve the world on a macroscale by controlling it at the nanoscale’
  • Bram Kappé (ARC CBBC PhD candidate, UU): ‘Shaping better catalysts for the energy transition’
  • Marie Brands (ARC CBBC PhD candidate, UvA): ‘Sustainable catalysts for green hydrogen production’