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Structure-reactivity correlations in different biomass components and use these to obtain specific chemicals and/or product mixtures

Dr. Peter J. Deuss
Dr. Peter J. Deuss

Dr. Peter J. Deuss; +31 50 363 4918
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Peter J. Deuss performed his bachelor and masters studies in chemistry at the university of Amsterdam (UvA). This included internships at Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam and the homogeneous catalysis group headed at that time by Prof. P.W.N.M van Leeuwen at the UvA. After completions of his undergraduate studies in 2006 he moved for his PhD studies to the university of St. Andrews, Scotland (still UK) working on the development of artificial metalloenzymes with Prof. P. C. J. Kamer. In 2011, he stayed for two and a half years in Cambridge (UK) to work as a post-doc with Dr. M. J. Gait at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology on the development of conjugation methodology for therapeutics. From the UK Peter moved in 2013to University of Groningen where he worked as post-doctoral research first two years in the group of Dr. K. Barta at the Stratingh institute for chemistry on the valorization of lignin and afterwards one year in the group of Prof. H.J. Heeres at ENTEG working on the reactor design for the production of HMF from sugars. He recently (October 2016) joined the chemical engineering department as tenure track assistant professor green and smart biomass processing. His expertise lies in finding the structure-reactivity correlations in different biomass components and use these to obtain specific chemicals and/or product mixtures. This means structural determinations using methods like multidimensional NMR as well as careful product analyses by combination of analytical techniques suitable for characterization of complex mixtures.
Peter’s research interests are:
- New chemical building blocks from renewable resources;
New platform chemicals that can function as chemical building blocks from biomass resources obtained via novel (bio)catalytic processing.
- Sustainable catalyst and process development;
Towards sustainable processes involving homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts based on earth-abundant metals, including catalyst, reagent and solvent recycling;
- Applications of alternative solvents for biomass processing.

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