Sustainable chemistry

Sustainable Chemistry at Amsterdam Science Park

The world has woken up to the fact that industrial processes need to be more environmentally friendly. Amsterdam Science Park’s top scientists and researchers are devoting their expertise to green chemistry and sustainable technology that challenges what has always been done. At its heart, the University of Amsterdam’s pioneering sustainable chemistry solutions are rethinking linear production processes and enabling substances to be reused. University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a world-leader in this specialisation and has designated sustainable chemistry as a priority research area. The result of its research is a cleaner, more sustainable planet and a socially responsible way of doing business.

The future of chemistry is circular

Using finite natural resources more responsibly has required a paradigm shift in education and business. Scientists are constantly seeking out clean chemical processes and opportunities to recycle materials at every stage of production. Sustainable chemistry’s impact factor is unmistakable. Examples of sustainable chemistry range from finding low-energy routes for the synthesis of base materials, to producing energy from water and sunlight, shifting towards biofuels across all industries, and preserving currently available resources with as little waste as possible. All of these areas rely on far-reaching innovation and collaboration across industries.

Sustainable chemistry research projects

Amsterdam Science Park’s highly collaborative knowledge base brings top academic talent together with innovative startups and business leaders. This means that bright minds from different sectors can share knowledge to develop market-ready solutions in sustainable chemistry.

These and other game-changing innovations are underway every day at Amsterdam Science Park. Read more about sustainable research projects and how co-creation opportunities take discoveries from concept to completion.

Chris Slootweg is Associate Professor Physical Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Science and Associate of the UvA Sustainability Platform USP. Chris and his colleagues focus on the development of circular chemistry to solve waste issues. New findings such as large scale hydrogen storage can be of great use, for example for the Port of Amsterdam. In the video above he talks about his latest research project.

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