Catalysis: A Key to Sustainability   
 Wednesday 13th September 2023 

Dr. Johannes (Hans) de Vries

Johannes G. de Vries obtained his PhD in chemistry from the University of Groningen under the guidance of R. M. Kellogg in 1979. After a postdoc with J. B. Hendrickson at Brandeis University, Waltham, USA, his first job was as a medicinal chemist with Sandoz in Vienna and in London. From 1988-2013 he worked for DSM research in Geleen, The Netherlands, lastly as a Principal Scientist in the area of Homogeneous Catalysis. From 1999 till 2018 he was part-time professor homogeneous catalysis at the University of Groningen. From 2014 till 2021 he was Department Head Catalysis with Renewable Resources at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis in Rostock, Germany.

His research interests are in the areas of homogeneous catalysis and catalytic conversion of renewable resources and platform chemicals. He is the recipient of the 2013 Paul N. Rylander Award from the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Catalysis in Organic Chemistry.

He retired in 2021, but is still active as deputy editor for Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis.