Robert Broekhuis


Chief Scientist

Rob is a practical chemical engineer, operating at the intersection of process development, reaction engineering and catalysis. He received his undergraduate degree from Delft University, and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. Chemical reactors and the processes built around them have always been his passion. He spent 20 years at Air Products and Chemicals, focusing on hydrogenation technology, structured catalysts and reactors, syngas production, and ion transport membranes. At SABIC for the past seven years, he shifted his attention to petrochemicals, conducting development and scale-up in catalytic processes including methane coupling, catalytic partial oxidation, hydrocracking, and oxidative dehydrogenation. Currently, Rob focuses on SABIC’s sustainability goals, leading the company’s efforts to develop and demonstrate electrified steam cracking technology.

Sessions With Robert Broekhuis

Tuesday, 21 March