Curriculum Vitae


ORGANIZATION: Delft University of Technology

POSITION: Professor of Biocatalysis & Organic Chemistry

OFFICE ADDRESS: Julianalaan 136, 2628 BL Delft Netherlands Tel. 31 15 2782675 Fax. 31 15 2781415


BIRTHDATE/PLACE: June 24, 1942, Nottingham (U.K.)

MARITAL STATUS: Married to Jetty Dijkstra. Two children, Annemarie (1975) and Frank (1976) Three grandchildren, Jason (2004), Femke (2006) and Tessa (2008)

EDUCATION: 1964 Graduate Royal Institute of Chemistry 1967Ph.D.University of Leicester (U.K.), Organic Chemistry 1967.1969Post-doctoral Fellow with Jay Kochi, Case Western Reserve University and Indiana University

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT: 1958.1964Boots Pure Drug Co., Laboratory Technician 1969.1979Koninklijke Shell Laboratories, Amsterdam, Research Chemist 1980.1990DSM-Andeno, Fine Chemicals, R&D Director 1991-present Delft University of Technology, Professor of Biocatalysis & Organic Chemistry, Department of Biotechnology 2002- present President and CEO and cofounder of CLEA Technologies

AWARDS & HONOURS: 1974 Royal Society of Chemistry Essay Prize 1979 Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Hydrocarbon Oxidation Chemistry 1982 Berzelius Medal in Catalysis (University of Lund, Sweden) 1997Fellow Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science 1997Paul Rylander Award, Organic Reaction Catalysis Society 1998Elected Member of the Academia Europaea 1999 Doctor Honoris Causa Russian Academy of Sciences 2001 Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers,Prof. K.Venkataraman Award for outstanding contributions to Chemical Technology 2005 EuCheMS Lectureship, FECHEM conference, Budapest. 2005 Awarded Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree by Leicester U. 2006 Green Chemistry Presidential Challenge Award

TEACHING: Undergraduate Course on Green Chemistry & Sustainability Undergraduate Course on Organic Chemistry for 2nd year students M.Sc course on Bioconversions Supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows Course Director of Advanced Course on Biocatalysis run by the Department of Biotechnology

ORGANISATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE (INTER)NATIONAL CHEMICAL COMMUNITY: Chairman of the Organic Chemistry Division of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society, 1990-1996 Member of the Programme Coordination Committee of the Netherlands National Innovative Research Programme on Catalysis, 1988-1998 Member of the Scientific Board of the Netherlands Institute for Research on Catalysis (NIOK) Chairman of the 6th International Symposium on the Activation of Oxygen and Homogeneous Catalytic Oxidation, Noordwijkerhout, 1996 and Acting Chairman of the International Advisory Board Member of the International Advisory Board of numerous International Conferences, e.g. the World Congress on Selective Oxidation, the International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis (ISHC), the Tokyo Conference on Advanced Catalytic Technology (TOCAT) ,International Conference on Biocatalysis (Biotrans) , the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Network Conference (Japan), the International Congress on Ionic Liquids (COIL, the International Conference on Protein Stabilization. CoChair Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry, Oxford (UK) July 11-16, 1999 Chairman 6th International Symposium on Catalysis Applied to Fine Chemicals, Delft, The Netherlands, April 6-10, 2003 Chairman of Biotrans 2005,International Conference on Biocatalysis,Delft 2005 Chairman of the 3rd International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Delft (2007) Member of the Management Board of COST D29 Action on Green / Sustainable Chemistry & Chemical Technology, European Commision / European Science Foundation, 2002-2007. Member of the Management Committee of COST D25 Action Applied Biocatalysis: Stereoselective and Environmentally-friendly Reactions Catalysed by Enzymes. Member of the Advisory Board of The UK Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biomanufacturing (CoEBio3) Member of the Management Committee of the Section of Applied Biocatalysis of the European Federation of Biotechnology Appointed(2007) to an International Fellowship of the QUILL Institute of the Queen’s University of Belfast Member of the Management Committee of the New COST Action CASCAT on Catalytic Cascade Processes. Appointed Part-Time Professor in the Department of Microbial & Molecular Systems of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) for the period 2008-2011.

Visiting Professor University of Osaka (Japan), University of Campinas (Brazil), University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris), Dalian University of Technology (Dalian, China) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

JOURNAL EDITORSHIP: 1995-present Editor-in-Chief, J. Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic 1996-present Editorial Board Organic Process Development 1996-present Editorial Board Japanese Catalysis Surveys 1999-2002 Editorial Board Chairman Green Chemistry 2002-present Editorial Advisory Board Green Chemistry 2000-present Editorial Board Catalysis Communications 2000-present Editorial Advisory Board Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis 2007-present Editorial Board of ChemSusChem


1964-present Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) 1967-present American Chemical Society 1969-present Royal Netherlands Chemical Society 1998-present Academia Europaea 1992-present Netherlands Biotechnology Society


Primary research interests are in the field of Green Chemistry and Catalysis and encompass the application of catalytic methodologies – homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzymatic – in organic synthesis, particularly in relation to fine chemicals production. He developed the concepts of E factors and atom utilization for assessing the environmental impact of chemical processes. Related areas of interest are (bio)catalysis in alternative reaction media, in particular water and ionic liquids, and catalytic conversions of renewable raw materials (carbohydrates, triglycerides and terpenes). He is the (co)author of five books on catalysis, one (with Jay Kochi) on catalytic oxidations, one on syn gas chemistry, one on chirotechnology and one on fine chemicals manufacture : technology and engineering. The fifth book, coauthored with Isabel Arends and Ulf Hanefeld , Green Chemistry and Catalysis was published in February, 2007. He is also the (co) editor of several books on catalysis including, most recently, one on Heterogeneneous Catalysis and Fine Chemicals (with Herman van Bekkum).

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