Join in on a conversation between the CSIR’s Dr Jan van de Loosdrecht and Avantium Chief Technology Officer Prof Dr Gert-Jan Gruter. Gruter provides an industry perspective on renewable polymers and renewable chemistry.
Prof dr Gert-Jan Gruter has a background in polymer chemistry. He was part-time professor of polymer catalysis at Eindhoven University of Technology (1999-2006). In 2000 he transferred to Avantium where in 2004 he was appointed as Chief Technology Officer. Gruter is inventor on more than 100 PCT patent families and (co)author on about 45 scientific papers and book chapters; he was elected 2014 European CTO of the year and runner-up European inventor of the year in 2017. Gruter is currently part-time professor of Industrial Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam, where he is working on novel high Tg sustainable materials for re-use, on electrocatalysis and downstream conversions, on plastic biodegradation, on chemical recycling of polyesters, on consumer psychology and on ocean plastics.