Pieter Bruijnincx

Utrecht University
Designing to recycle, biobased plastics

Pieter Bruijnincx is Full Professor Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis at Utrecht University. His research focuses on the new catalysts and conversion routes for the sustainable production of new and ‘drop-in’ chemicals, materials and fuels, e.g. by valorization of lignocellulosic biomass and biomass-derived platform molecules, CO2 and waste feedstock.┬áRecent examples of research topics include the catalytic depolymerization of lignin and humins and further catalytic upgrading of lignin-derived aromatics, the conversion of ethanol to butadiene, a novel route for furanics-based aromatics production, fatty acid isomerization, and catalyst development for levulinic acid hydrogenation.