Brightlands Materials Center for new sustainable materials
The world's population will reach ten billion by 2050. Do we want to pass on a healthy planet to the next generation? If so, this will require major changes in the use of energy and material resources. Brightlands Materials Center takes on this challenge. We work on research and development programmes to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
Brightlands Materials Center
At the Brightlands Materials Center, we conduct research into new, sustainable technologies in the field of plastics and their applications. We develop innovative material solutions for a sustainable future.
We do this together with industry, universities and entrepreneurs, to help a variety of companies and sectors with technical challenges to find sustainable solutions. These include smart coatings for solar control glass, thermoplastic materials for lightweight constructions, and 3D printing technologies for sustainable manufacturing.
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In our research, we focus on major societal challenges. We work on aspects of sustainable mobility, sustainable buildings and circular packaging. We deal with buildings and mobility, as they are responsible for a large part of the carbon emissions that cause global warming.
Plastic is a very efficient way of safely packaging food products. But there are no circular solutions for it yet. This is why we develop innovative technologies for sustainable and circular materials. Find out more about our three research programmes:
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Find out more about our research programmes on the Brightlands Materials Center website.
Eugene VeerkampFunctie:Business developer
Eugène can rely on an impressive career in international business as a chemical & materials engineer that spans 25 years. He understands that the commercial and financial aspects are essential for new sustainable solutions to become successful. Cooperating closely with the industry and launching new innovation onto the market are two key drivers in Eugène’s daily work, along with sharing his own business development experience within an enthusiastic team of specialists.
Hans van der PolFunctie:Business developer
Hans completed his formal education and earned his PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry at Utrecht University, and went on to study economics (Open University) and business (Nyenrode Business University). He has a wealth of experience with various international and start-up companies, such as Akzo Nobel, Eastman Chemical Company, Purac, Corbion and Vibers. This background gives Hans an exceptionally broad view of the biobased chemicals, industrial biotechnology and (bio)plastics industries. Examples are product development, application and market development, as well as strategic business development. In addition, he has fulfilled roles in R&D, product and account management, strategic marketing, innovation management, and in venture development and strategy.
Martijn de GraaffFunctie:Clustermanager
Martijn is in charge of programme management and business development for the VoltaChem Shared Innovation Programme on Power-2-X, and for cluster management at TNO’s programme on industrial transformation. “Transformation of our society, and more specifically the industry, towards CO2 neutrality will take a tremendous collaborative effort of public and private stakeholders, nationally and internationally. It is my aim to connect people across disciplines and organisations, employing the latest innovation, technology and business insights, in order to help them accelerate towards a carbon-neutral society.”
Nadine WennersbuschFunction not known
"Wanting to know how the world works and then improve it". Nadine Wennersbusch is senior project manager in the Sustainable Process & Energy Systems department. With her analytical eye she likes to contribute to everything that concerns the project execution. So project management suits her down to the ground.
Pascal BuskensFunctie:Program manager
Pascal specializes in designing, manufacturing, characterizing and validating optical materials, coatings and films that interact in distinct ways with sunlight. The materials are mainly used in the photochemical and photoelectrochemical production of chemicals and fuels, as well as for regulating sunlight transmission through windows and for improving the efficiency and aesthetics of integrated solar panels in buildings.
Paul is passionate about technology development that facilitates the creation of new value chains in the pursuit of a sustainable industry, and thereby a sustainable society. One of Paul’s main responsibilities as programme manager is setting out the research and business strategy of the industrial sugar-based pathways towards furanic and bio-aromatics building blocks (Sugar Horizon) within Shared Research Centre Biorizon. Paul has an extensive background in bioprocess engineering and obtained his PhD degree at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, on the topic of thermo- and biochemical conversion of residual biomass into bulk chemicals.
Richard JanssenFunctie:Senior Business Developer
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