Catalysis is an important contributor to the success of many large Dutch companies. In fact, the concentration of Chemical companies employing catalysis combined with a number of world-class university research groups has led to the Dutch School of Catalysis. Chemical industry and university research on catalysis cooperate in a number of ways. Virtually the embodiment of the Dutch School of Catalysis is NIOK, the Dutch Institute for Research on Catalysis. More than 30 full professors (supervising approximately 150 Ph.D. and postgraduate students) and 30 postdoctoral scientists are participating in this Institute. An Industrial Advisory Board (called VIRAN) ensures that NIOK's scientific program is of general industrial relevance.
NIOK aims to gain new knowledge of catalysis and to design new catalysts which should benefit both process industry and energy production. Main targets are clean and more efficient use of fossil fuel and raw materials and clean and more efficient processes for both bulk and fine chemicals including polymeric materials.
More details on NIOK can be found on www.niok.nl