Chemical Conversion

With a very strong presence in the Netherlands, the Chemical Conversion community brings together disparate fundamental disciplines and technological sectors

Chemical conversion is integral to all disciplines in the chemical sciences and spans a broad range of fields, from fundamental, molecular-level chemistry to large-scale chemical process technology. It is crucial to a sustainable future as it can help minimize environmental impact and maximize societal impact by: creating and exploiting novel substances and transformations, understanding chemical processes and developing improved chemical processes and/or alternatives. Disciplines such as catalysis, process technology and synthesis play a key role in building up the scientific and technological basis that allows us to achieve these goals. Due to its diversity, Chemical Conversion becomes a meeting place for chemists, physicists, chemical engineers, and experts in material science and energy technology.

Chemical Conversion advisory committee

The Chemical Conversion advisory committee gives solicited and unsolicited advice to the board of the NWO Science domain on proposals for new programmes. The committee also has a monitoring role regarding the progress of ongoing programmes.

The Chemical Conversion committee is made up of the following:

Tati Fernández Ibanez, chair, organic chemistry
Harry Bitter, vice-chair, biobased chemistry
Sylvestre Bonnet, biomimetics/photocatalysis  
Frank Hollmann, biocatalysis  
Sascha Kersten, sustainable process technology  
Pieter Bruijnincx, chemocatalysis
Dick Janssen, chemical biotechnology
Dr W.M. (Wiebe) de Vos, membrane surface science  

NWO secretary: Bas van Schooten

Advisory committee duties and procedures

The advisory committees are assigned the following tasks:

  • Identifying new developments in the sub-field of the advisory committee;
  • Maintaining contact with the research field;
  • Maintaining the network with the Dutch National Research Agenda, top sectors, the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, etc.;
  • Monitoring the progress of ongoing research programmes in the sub-field in question, including advising the Chemistry Round Table at the conclusion of these programmes;
  • Monitoring ongoing research and existing facilities and new initiatives;
  • Helping shape and implement the NWO network and forum function in consultation with the field (during CHAINS, for example);
  • Giving unsolicited and solicited advice to the Chemistry Round Table and to the Science board.


Have you not yet registered for a working group? The NWO Chemistry Round Table invites researchers to register for membership of one or, at most, two working groups. There is a form on the website for this purpose. Members are professors at a Dutch university or institute, academic employees (such as associate or assistant professors) at a Dutch university or institute with a permanent contract, senior researchers from industry, academic employees on a temporary appointment at a Dutch university or institute at Vidi level (or equivalent) or higher, and senior researchers employed outside the Netherlands with a particular affinity with the sub-field in the Netherlands.

Registration is possible at any time.
By submitting your membership you agree that NWO can use your information to inform you and consult you on matters related to NWO, Chemistry and your selected working groups. You name and affiliation can also be shared with the Round Table Chemistry and the working group committees of Chemistry.

Contact/more information

Bas van Schooten,


Bas van Schooten Bas van Schooten +31 (0) 70 3494197