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Research interests

The research of Prof. Dr. P. J. Deuss focusses on the conversion of sustainable resources using catalytic technologies for a society that reached a high level of circularity. The main focus is on closing the current unsustainable carbon cycle that relies heavily on fossil feedstocks. This is done by developing fundamental insight into the (chemical) structure and reactivity of complex alternative carbon sources such as inedible lignocellulosic biomass residues and mix plastic waste streams. Here detailed characterization of the chemical structure is linked to efficient catalytic processing technologies ranging from the application of mild enzymatic and acid-base catalysis to high temperature catalytic pyrolysis and hydrotreatment technologies. Here, a combination of realistic crude streams and model compounds/mixtures are applied. The insight into reactivity is then used to develop integrated catalytic processes that combine separation with conversion setps. An example is the development of flow-through extraction methodologie for the separation of ligncellulose components that allow their separate utilization as bio-polymers or bio-based chemicals.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Catalysis, PhD, Artificial Metalloenzymes; Modified Proteins as Tunable Transition Metal Catalysts, University of St Andrews


Award Date: 25-Jun-2011

Chemistry, BSc and MSc, Molecular Design Synthesis & Catalysis, University of Amsterdam


Award Date: 25-Jun-2006

Biomass Conversion, Postdoc, HMF synthesis in a biphasic microreactor, University of Groningen, Groningen


Biomass Conversion, EU Fellow, Catalytic valorization of Lignin, University of Groningen


Bioconjugation, Career Fellow, High-throughput DNA-peptide bioconjugation technology for anti-sense therapeutics, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology



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