ARC CBBC

The Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium is a Dutch national research center that investigates chemical building blocks for novel sustainable materials. It is a public-private organization in which academic, industrial and governmental partners are cooperating intensively. Its research projects focus on three themes: Functional materials & specialties, coatings and energy carriers. Prof. Bert Weckhuysen is one of the initiators of this grand project and current programme director.

Head of the group - Distinghuished university professor


prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University
Room 4.82
+31 30 253 4328
B.M.Weckhuysen@uu.nl

The central research theme of the Weckhuysen group is the development of structure-activity relationships and expert systems in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and materials science with special emphasis on the development and use of advanced in situ characterization techniques.

PhD candidates


Sebastian Haben

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room 4th floor study area
S.Haben@uu.nl

Through the utilization and development of various spectroscopic techniques, I aim to investigate the methane dehydro-aromatization (MDA) reaction using metal-modified zeolites as solid catalysts. This project is part of the ARC >

Kordula Schnabl

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room 5th floor study area
K.B.Schnabl@uu.nl

Kordula will work on the controlled catalytic breakdown of humin and chitin to waterborne building blocks for coatings, including spatially-resolved spectroscopy of film formation and drying processes.

Bas Terlingen

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room 4.44 (Vening Meineszgebouw-B)
B.J.P.Terlingen@uu.nl

For AkzoNobel, the project concerns the re-use of the by-product hydrochloric acid to generate valuable compounds, thereby aiming to close the raw material loop, to reduce the carbon footprint and >

Sophie van Vreeswijk

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room 4th floor study area
S.H.vanVreeswijk@uu.nl

In this research project, several non-commodity zeolite framework structures are investigated as examples of small molecule activation processes. To gather detailed physicochemical insights of these materials, a wide variety of >

Florian Zand

Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis - Utrecht University

Room 5th floor study area
F.Zand@uu.nl

In his project, Florian will focus on the characterization of bimetallic catalysts, including their size, structure and composition during synthesis and CO2 hydrogenation.

Support Staff


Hannie van Berlo-van den Broek

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium

Room 4.50 (Vening Meineszgebouw-B)
J.M.vanBerlo-vandenBroek@uu.nl

Hannie van Berlo-van den Broek is research technician at the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium.

Anne-Lot de Heus

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium

Room 2.10

Anne-Lot de Heus works as a communications officer at ARC CBBC.

dr. Maurice Mourad

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium

Room 2.09 (Hans Freudenthalgebouw)
M.C.D.Mourad@uu.nl

Maurice Mourad is program coordinator and business developer for ARC CBBC.

dr. Ramon Oord

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium

Room 4.50 (Vening Meineszgebouw-B)
+31 6 39 015 426
R.Oord@uu.nl

Ramon Oord works as Research and Education Assistant at ARC CBBC.

Hannah Thuijs

Advanced Research Center-Chemical Building Blocks Consortium

Room 2.08 (Hans Freudenthalgebouw)

Hannah Thuijs is office manager for ARC CBBC.