GFBiochemicals is pleased to announce a new member of its senior team. Bart Engendahl will now bring his R&D expertise to the company as Senior Scientist.
Bart studied chemistry at the RWTH Aachen University. After a 6 month exchange at the Nagoya University, he obtained his diploma in 2008. During research on his PhD in the Leitner Group of RWTH Aachen University from 2008-2010, his interests were in the synthesis and conversion of biomass and platform chemicals. The final topic of his PhD was the hydrogenation of biomass-derived acids. It resulted, amongst others, in co-authorship of two publications on the hydrogenation of levulinic acid and itaconic acid. He conducted his Post-Doctoral studies in the Cole-Hamilton group at the University of St Andrews, gaining knowledge in designing and building continuous processes.
In July 2011, Bart joined DSM where he contributed to various projects in the fields of pharmaceutical research. The main focus of his activities in 2012 was research to improve an existing bulk chemical process as well as to develop new processes for polymer intermediates derived from biomass. This resulted in several patents in both fields.
Bart has been looking for an opportunity to build on his experience and support the introduction of levulinic acid and its derivatives to the market. After 8 years of following developments in biofuels and biochemicals, Bart believes levulinic acid will be amongst the big winners because of our chemical conversion process.
Bart will support the research team, providing plant support and plant improvements of our Caserta Facility including debottlenecking and the introduction of novel LA conversion and purification technology. He will also take the lead in the development of levulinic acid derivatives.
Bart is married and a father of a 2 year old (cute and lovely) girl. He lives in Germany where he enjoys restoring an old farmhouse and furniture in his free time.
We are very glad to have these key players joining GFBiochemicals. Our team of experts continues to grow!