RESEARCH THEMES

Academic experts will work on three research themes, collaborating closely with the industry on Energy Carriers, Functional Materials & Specialties and Coatings.

“As technology competition heats up from around the world, CBBC is a key element to secure the delivery of unique and exclusive solutions needed for a better and sustainable future.” 
Peter Nieuwenhuizen, RD&I director BA Specialty Chemicals at AkzoNobel

ENERGY CARRIERS

ENERGY CARRIERS

A flexible combination of various renewable and non-renewable carbon resources will guarantee a steady energy supply in the long term. Direct methane activation, storage of renewable energy in chemical bonds, methanol as an alternative energy carrier, and deployment of CO2, the most abundant feedstock, as a building block: these are just a few of the themes that will be addressed. ARC CBBC aims to become a major player in developing renewable energy carriers and finding energy-saving solutions for liquid fuels in existing production plants.

FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS AND SPECIALTIES

FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS AND SPECIALTIES

Smart materials contribute to increased safety and comfort in building constructions, transport and climate control. Examples include new materials for smart delivery, advanced commodity chemicals with enhanced recycling properties, improved processability and lower ecological footprint, and smart properties like self-healing, self-cleaning, shape memory, photo, redox, mechanical responsiveness, and thermo responsiveness. Such innovations can only be sustainable in the long term if research efforts include the recovery of rare-earth metals, complemented by new systems relying on abundant metals. It also includes the use of renewable resources, including biomass and its constituents.

COATINGS

COATINGS

Sustainable coatings with advanced properties play a pivotal role in maintaining and controlling factors in local environments, including heat, humidity, hygiene and sunlight. Achieving these effects requires research on ‘green’ production of coatings, embedding smart properties in the coating, including e.g. catalytic, photo, and redox properties. In doing so, the coating must be integrated into its surroundings, including a focus on such properties as chemical inertness, UV resistance, anti-smog, anti-microbial or self-cleaning finishes and corrosion resistance.