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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.


Tuning lignin properties by mild ionic-liquid-mediated selective alcohol incorporation

Combined lignin defunctionalisation and synthesis gas formation by acceptorless dehydrogenative decarbonylation

Highly Efficient Semi-Continuous Extraction and In-Line Purification of High β-O-4 Butanosolv Lignin

Benign catalytic oxidation of potato starch using a homogeneous binuclear manganese catalyst and hydrogen peroxide

Mechanistic Investigations into the Catalytic Levulinic Acid Hydrogenation, Insight in H/D Exchange Pathways, and a Synthetic Route to d8-?-Valerolactone

Selectivity and Activity of Benzene-1,2,4-triol and its Dimers as Antimicrobial Compounds Against Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri

Beyond Diels-Alder: Domino reactions in furan-maleimide click networks

Chemoenzymatic Cascade Reaction for the Valorization of the Lignin Depolymerization Product G−C2-Dioxolane Phenol

Dibasic Magnesium Hypochlorite as an Oxidant to Tune Pasting Properties of Potato Starch in One Step

Efficient Conversions of Macroalgae-Derived Anhydrosugars to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural and Levulinic Acid: The Remarkable Case of 3,6-Anhydro-d-galactose

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Subsidie voor onderzoek naar duurzame sinaasappelteelt – in samenwerking met Brazilië

Grant for research into sustainable orange cultivation – in collaboration with Brazil

Serendipiteit en kwantumchemie leiden tot nieuwe syntheseroute

Een mes van hout dat ook nog eens vlijmscherp is? Het kan

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