Members of the board

Wouter van Winden

principle scientist fermentation

Wouter van Winden holds a MSc degree in Bioprocess Technology of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He obtained a PhD degree in the field of metabolic engineering of micro-organisms at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He then worked as an assistant professor metabolomics at the same university from 2002-2007. Since 2007, Wouter has been working at the DSM Biotechnology Center in Delft, The Netherlands, as fermentation scientist. He was involved in development and large scale implementation of new fermentation processes, as well as optimization of existing ones. His focus areas are fermentation technology, process modelling and data analysis, and science management. He currently holds the position of principal scientist fermentation.

WP 1 - Management

Peter Segers

SUEZ Groupe
Business Innovation Manager

Peter Segers has muliple degrees as Chemical Engineer, Safety Expert and Environmental Expert (Karel De Grote Hogeschool, Free University of Brussels). He is working as expert in waste sorting and recycling, in particular applied to waste wood. Peter Segers is business innovation manager of SUEZ recovery Belgium. He joined SUEZ in 2008 with more than 10 years of experience in R&D, Operations, the management of safety and environmental projects. 

WP 2 - Feedstock supply

Ed de Jong

Avantium Chemicals BV
VP Development

Ed graduated at Agricultural University Wageningen, the Netherlands and also defended his PhD thesis at the Agricultural University Wageningen, the Netherlands on the degradation of lignocellulose by white-rot fungi (1993).
He has been research associate for 3 years at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada at the group of Jack Saddler, on the use of softwood species for biofuels application. He has been Head of the Department of Fibre and Paper Technology, Food and Biobased Research, Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands. He joint Avantium Chemicals in 2007. He is currently VP Development ? responsible for Public-Private partnerships of Avantium, feedstock selection and Catalytic Biomass Conversion of carbohydrates into building blocks for polyesters such as PEF a improved replacement of PET. He is involved in the valorization of side products of the YXY Process, cq humins and levulinates. 

WP 3 - Pre-treatment

Anna Saltberg

Borregaard AS
Research Scientist

Anna has a MSc in Forest Products and Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). She defended her PhD thesis, with the title ?Inorganic ions in wood chips?, at the same university in 2009. After her PhD, she worked as a researcher within the Wallenberg Wood Science Center before joining Borregaard AS in 2012.

At Borregaard, Anna has been working with the BALI?biorefinery and with development of lignosulfonate products.

WP 4 - Product conversion

Arthur Janse

Senior Scientist downstream processing

Arthur obtained a MSc at Delft University of Technology on the field of chemical technology followed by a PdEng and PhD at Twente University. For his PhD he studied the production of bio-oil from wood by thermo-chemical conversion. In 1996 he joined DSM and has been working since that time on topics related to downstream processing of biological materials within an R&D environment. He has been involved in the development of processes for enzymes, protein hydrolysates, preservatives, amino acids, amongst others.  

WP 5 - Demonstration

Tiemen Zijlmans

Process engineer

MSc in Life Science & Technology, Technical University in Delft (NL).

Before starting at DSM, he worked as process engineer at an engineering company (Tebodin/Bilfinger) for 4 years,  involved in several biochemical and/or pharma related projects for international clients.

Bio-based Product & Services in Delft (NL). This emerging business area focuses on the development of renewable energies such as cellulosic bio-ethanol and renewable building blocks like bio-based succinic acid.

WP 6 - Process evaluation

Anton Robek

Bio Refinery Development BV

Anton Robek is a seasoned entrepreneur with a passion for innovative businesses contributing to a more sustainable society. He was a student in environmental sciences at Wageningen University (NL) in the mid-1970s, when climate change was first put on the academic agenda. Now- 40 years later, it has become a real-life challenge for politicians, scientists, industries and NGOs simultaneously working to develop and implement solutions aimed at containing the average global temperature increase to 2 degrees C max.

Today, Anton Robek looks back at 30 years of experience in a broad variety of businesses, ranging from fertilizers to specialty chemicals and engineering plastics, at the Dutch conglomerate DSM ? a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. He assumed global business responsibility and concluded various partnerships and joint ventures in different fields across various regions of the world. His last position at DSM was as President Bio-Based Products & Services, where a/o he established joint ventures between DSM and Roquette Fr?res for the production of bio-based succinic acid ( and between POET and DSM for the production of cellulosic ethanol (

In his current endeavor, Anton plans to significantly contribute to delivering impactful solutions that will help to contain climate change, especially through the development and implementation of industrial sized bio-refineries that effectively convert ligno-cellulosic biomass into biofuels and biochemicals.

WP 7 - Dissemination