During our last General Assembly in March 2023, some seats of the Steering Committee were renewed giving space to new members to join the board. One the new additions was Peter Jansens from FZ Julich, who was elected as a Research Director. We are extremely proud to count with the collaboration of Peter Jansens for the upcoming period of EMIRI. Let’s learn a little bit more about him!

Dr. Ir. Peter Jansens (born 1966) joined Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Board of Directors on 1 January 2023. He previously worked as CEO of Olatein, a joint venture of the chemical company DSM.

Dr. Jansens studied chemical engineering at Delft University of Technology, where in 1994 he completed his doctoral degree. Until 2000, Dr. Jansens worked in the research and development department at Shell International Chemicals in Amsterdam.  Subsequently, he took on the role of deputy head at a chemical plant in Singapore.

Between 2000 and 2010, he was professor of separation and crystallization technology at Delft University of Technology. Dr. Jansens joined the Dutch chemical company Royal DSM in Sittard in 2008, where he worked in several management positions in research, innovation management, and business development.

Among others, Dr. Jansens was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (an organization for joint research conducted between companies and universities) and a member of the Board of SusChem (a European technology platform for sustainable chemistry).

In 2005, Dr. Jansens was awarded the DECHEMA Prize of the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology DECHEMA, which he received for his pioneering work on the crystallization and development of integrated separation methods, ranging from molecular understanding to process design.

“My career has often seen me change roles between research, production, and management tasks. In order to put science and technology into practice, know-how is required of all steps of the innovation chain levels. I am pleased to be a member of the steering committee of EMIRI, an initiative that brings together organizations dedicated to promoting innovative materials for sustainable energy and mobility.”