Impact on industry
The new methods, tools and reactions developed in the Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry will have a large impact on catalytic synthetic processes in industrial chemistry. Implementation of the research results will be actively pursued.
The industrial target-groups for implementation and potential marketing are the energy players (e.g. Shell, Total), the fine-chemical and polymer sectors (e.g. DSM, BASF, SABIC, Eastman), and smaller enterprises (e.g. Avantium) interested in biobased economy or fabrication of (electro)chemical energy-conversion devices.
Novel methods and tools
The Sustainable Chemistry groups all have good collaborations with industry and national research organizations such as ECN, TNO, FOM, NRSC-C, DPI, CatchBio and ACTS. Also in the TOP SECTOR program, sustainable energy and biobased economy are important themes that connect well with the ambition of the research priority.
To assist in the valorisation, we are assembling an Industrial Advisory Board composed of expert members from different chemical companies. Regular meetings with this Advisory Board will ensure a good views on the market, helping the team to develop novel methods and tools geared to the technological needs of end-users.
Valorisation is made first and foremost by people. Already professors Reek and Rothenberg have proven to be successful in their valorisation efforts, via spin-off companies and sales of IP rights. Both groups have strong patent portfolios, and encourage their students and staff towards thinking on applying their research results.
As part of the effort of the Research Priority Area a program will be started for stimulating valorisation among young scientists, encouraging PhD students active in the area of sustainable chemistry to follow courses on entrepreneurship. Furthermore, PhD students that want to start a spin-off company based on their scientific results, or valorise their findings otherwise, will be actively assisted.