In Groningen the chemical industry is increasingly ‘green’: focussed on sustainability and the bio-based economy, with the recent launch of the Chemport chemical cluster testifying to this. The knowledge institutes are home to top scientists in chemistry and offer some of the best degree programmes in their field. Read more about these topics below.
The European Union has designated the North Netherlands region as one of the six leading regions for the bio-based economy. The combination of strong agri-food, chemical and energy sectors enables Groningen to play a pioneering role in the transition to a bio-based economy.
With the launch of Chemport Europe in 2017, the Eemsdelta has cemented its status as the most sustainable chemical cluster in Europe. The presence of chemical industry, (sustainable) energy, biomass, knowledge and seaports give the Eemsdelta a unique starting position for developing sustainable chemistry.
At Chemport Europe, the northern chemical clusters work together with knowledge institutions such as the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. Groningen is the green gas capital of the Netherlands due to the large production sites at Suikerunie and Attero. And Delfzijl also has the largest bio-energy plant in the Netherlands.
Advanced materials and nanotechnology
Chemistry in Groningen is the home of Ben Feringa, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 for his research on a light-driven rotary molecular motor, as well as other top scientists such as Sibren Otto.
It is also the home of the world-renowned Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials, responsible for the Top Master Programme in Nanoscience. The chemistry masters has also been labelled a top programme. At the nearby Hanze University of Applied Sciences the Chemical Engineering programme was labelled best in the Netherlands in 2018.