General Manager Corporate Sustainability

Frank Kuijpers has over 30 years of international business experience in engineering, licensing, manufacturing, business and strategy, having worked in a number of different countries, including the Netherlands, United States of America, Belgium and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Frank’s main motivation is to bring continuous improvement to organizations, so as to enable agility to adapt for future needs, in order to meet the company strategic objectives. Frank has held senior executive positions since 2000 in research and development, strategy, large capital project management, licensing and a business transformation process. In his current role, working from the SABIC offices in Netherlands, he manages global corporate sustainability. Before the acquisition y SABIC in 2002, Frank worked for Royal DSM NV for 15 years. He started the licensing subsidiary Stamicarbon, and gained his broad experience through various positions in licensing, engineering, manufacturing and business. Frank took up the current position of General Manager Corporate Sustainability at SABIC in March 2017.

Frank will talk on the topic “Sustainability will disrupt the Chemical Industry”. In the challenging outlook of today, we expect to be with about9.6 billion people in 2050. We need 35% more food, 50% more energy and 40% more water. On 25th of September 2015, 196 countries worldwide have adopted a set of goals to end poverty. Protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This drives very different solutions of today’s products and processes of the chemical industry. Such transformation is only possible through disruptive technologies and changing value chains. These will disrupt the chemical industry, which certainly will still be there in 2050. More interesting question though is who are the players of that chemical industry in 2050 and how are they positioned in the value chain.

Process Technical Director - FLUOR

Hans Goebel is a process Technical Director with over 25 years of experience in Fluor. He is working in FLUOR as a manager – process Engineering methods and data, responsible for technological project support in the areas of steady state process simulation, dynamic process simulation, thermodynamic data and process engineering software tools in general. He acted on many projects as the leader of technical audits and project reviews and also functioned as a project manager of several specialized process engineering studies.

Hans will give a lecture on “Sustainability through engineered technology”. The focus will be on improving the sustainability of Chemical Production facilities by the application of the proper engineering to the basic technology, and show that this can make a major difference.

Assistant Professor
Eindhoven University of Technology

Michael Debije is an Assistant Professor in the research group Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials and Devices. His current research topics are broadly in the control of light in the built environment. To this end, he works on a variety of projects, including Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSCs), Infrared Control Windows; Responsive Polymeric Actuators and  LSC-Photomicroreactors. The devices generated are designed for use in urban settings, but may find application in new areas like greenhouses, automobile windows and even fashion accessories. 

The luminescent solar concentrator (or LSC) has been studied as a possible device for electricity generation from sunlight for use in the urban setting.  We have applied this light control element in a new way, to synthesize fine chemicals driven by solar radiation in the LSC- photomicroreactors.  I will discuss the LSC device, its promise and limitations, and how it can open pathways for local generation of chemical products.

CTO- Tusti BV

Jan Kolijn is a chemical engineer with a strong drive towards results from innovation. Working for Polymer Technology Group Eindhoven(PTG/e), he guided more than 50 SMEs in the past 5 years to improve their processes or solve technological problems. In 2015, he co- founded TUSTI, a recycling company that processes difficult to handle plastic waste. Being TUSTI CTO, he is responsible for all technology, process improvement, patents/IP and the daily business in TUSTI lab.

Plastic sorting and recycling is a controversial subject: consumers want to make a difference by sorting their waste. Stories about the plastic being burned anyway are detrimental for their efforts. The specific rules for what type of plastic is allowed in the bin make things even more difficult. So, what about sorting afterwards: a technological fix that ensures that consumers do not have to sort waste at all. In this lectue, Jan Kolijn will go into detail of the do’s and don’ts and the (im) possibilities of plastic recycling and the steps to be taken to reach the full recycling potential!

Dr. Ir. Boelo SCHUUR
Associate Professor
University of Twente

Boelo Schuur is a tenured associate professor at the University of Twente, working on separation technology with a main focus on affinity fluid separations. The two main research lines are a) Development of new separations for (bio)refineries, and b) Study on intermolecular interactions in affinity separations, aiming at better understanding the thermodynamics of these interactions. 


Boelo will speak on a topic “Solvent selection and design for sustainable separations in (bio)refineries“. Caramelizing sugar is a lovely way to sugar up your dessert, and if you understand this process, and realize that most biomass contains loads of sugars, you know that distillation is not the way to separate biomass streams. Instead, affinity separation such as liquid extraction should be applied. But how do you select or design your solvent? In this talk I will discuss some key aspects such as the balance between affinity and regenerability, and talk about stimuli responsive separation systems that allow mild fractionations.


Senior Scientist & Researcher

Gerard van Rooij is the head of non- equilibrium fuel conversion group at DIFFER and part time professor in sustainable plasma chemistry at Eindhoven University of technology. As expert in low temperature plasma physics and chemistry, he conducts fundamental solar fuels research on plasma activation of chemical reactions in a sustainability context. Since 2012, he has been leading fundamental solar fuels research on CO2 activation by plasmolysis as a first step in the synthesis of hydrocarbon fuels from H2O, CO2 and sustainable energy as feedstock. This innovative plasma chemistry route has the potential to become a feasible and scalable alternative to state of art electrolysis for energy storage in chemical bonds by generation of CO2 neutral fuels.

Storage of sustainable energy in chemical form is appealing for its integration in other sectors such as transport and chemical industry. In his talk, he will introduce the concept and the promise of plasmolysis.

Eindhoven University of Technology

Diego Pintossi is a PhD candidate in the membrane materials and processes group at TU/e and Wetsus. Diego is contributing the blue energy theme in the project of Material Design for fouling control in reverse electrodialysis, supervised by Prof. dr. Kitty Nijmeijer and Dr. Michel Saakes.

Blue energy is a renewable energy source from the mixing of aqueous solutions with different salinity content, like sea and river water. To harvest blue energy, reverse electrodialysis (RED) exploits non- porous ion exchange membrane, which selectively transports ions. Within Wetsus, RED has been studied both in the laboratory and in the REDstack research pilot at the Afsluitdijk. The use of natural salinity gradients presents challenges related to the presence of fouling agents in the feed waters, which negatively affect the power output. In this talk, the overview of such challenges and solutions are investigated by the blue energy research theme at Wetsus will be presented.

Ir. Emile de Jong
GM LNG Technology

Emile studied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. Joined Shell R&D in 1991, developing and applying complex non-destructive inspection techniques followed by an assignment as a downstream technologist responsible for optimizing refinery storage, loading and product blending facilities. In 1997, seconded to Woodside Energy Ltd, Australia, as upstream development engineer for the North West Shelf Project. Then (2002) became a senior process engineer in the LNG and Gas Processing group of Shell Global Solutions (The Netherlands), developing and designing new Liquefied Natural Gas facilities and supporting existing LNG facilities. Following a short corporate assignment on the restructuring of the Shell Group into a single company, became Technology Manager for Brunei LNG (Borneo) in 2005, covering technology, planning& economics, laboratory and IT. In September 2008 joined Shell Pernis refinery to lead a large operational organization as Production Unit Manager Oil Movements, covering crude oil import (Euro port terminal), blending and shipping facilities at the refinery, interconnecting pipelines, general infrastructure and the fire brigade. Continued at Pernis establishing and running a department supporting Turnarounds and Projects with work preparation, planning and cost estimation services. Since April 2012, general manager expertise and deployment LNG for Shell’s Integrated Gas business, responsible for all LNG related innovations ranging from conventional base load LNG plants (existing and new), FLNG facilities, Regasification terminals and LNG for transport.

Emile will talk about the topic “Energy for a Changing World“. The world must find ways to meet rising energy demand while reducing global greenhouse gas emissions to limit the effects of climate change. The historic Paris Agreement adopted by 195 countries in late 2015, established a goal to limit the global temperature rise this century to well below 2 °C. This reinforces the need to shift the existing energy system to one based on lower-carbon energy sources. It is a huge undertaking that requires producing and consuming energy in different ways, around the world. A successful energy transition requires substantial investment in all energy sources, including oil and gas, to meet the growing demand for energy.”