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BIOMASS RESEARCH PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE.  Prof. van Swaaij initiated research on biomass conversions within the ‘proceskunde’ chair  First topic: Gasification.

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1 BIOMASS RESEARCH PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE

2  Prof. van Swaaij initiated research on biomass conversions within the ‘proceskunde’ chair  First topic: Gasification (Beenackers, Groeneveld, v.d. Aarsen, Bliek)  Second Topic: Pyrolysis (Prins, Wagenaar)  1986: spin off company BTG (Stassen) (now ~ 40 fte)  Effort: 1 Ph.D. on continuous basis within ‘proceskunde’  1988: CSTM: socio-economic aspects THE START IN THE SEVENTIES... CONTINUATION IN THE EIGHTIES 28/7/14 2

3  Prof Brem from TNO, prof Veringa from ECN  > 2002: two expanding groups (currently still working on biomass)  CTW/THW: Brem  TNW/TCCB: van Swaaij, Prins, Kersten  ~ 2006: catalysis research on biomass conversions  2012: ~ 40 fte Ph.D. / post-doc  Fast growth will be difficult NINETIES … ZEROS … PRESENT 28/7/14 3

4 CURRENT RESEARCH 28/7/14 4 Feed Products Process Chemistry Catalysis Separations Apparatus Analysis of the whole chain, technically & socio-economically

5 POSITIONING 28/7/14 5 Quantity / InfluenceQuality Important in / for the regionBroad research spectrum Small in the NetherlandsNew / innovative research lines Very small in the worldSome research lines & facilities are world-class Good contacts with industry Good network

6 FUTURE 28/7/14 6 Energy & Fuels Chemistry Catalysis Processes Routes Energy & Fuels & Chemicals Chemistry Catalysis Processes Routes Separations Scarce materials (P,N,Cu,Zn,..) Bio-Technology (with partners) CO 2 Fuels testing process Chemicals & Fuels Electrons Photons

7  First maintain at 40 fte then moderate growth  Keep on doing ‘new things’  We are too small to work out the details  Further improve our contacts / network / collaborations  Hold strategic positions within program development teams and subsidy agencies  Collaborate within GEI (challenge of academic multidisciplinary research)  Strengthen our joint external profile FUTURE 28/7/14 7


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