Luuk van der Wielen

  • Luuk A.M. van der Wielen (Amsterdam, 16-06-1964) holds a MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Twente University (Netherlands), and a PhD degree (with honours) from Delft University of Technology. Currently, he is Distinguished Professor for Biobased Economy of Delft University of Technology and Full Professor at it’s Department of Biotechnology at ( ), Delft, the Netherlands where he heads the Bioseparations Section effectively since 1998. The activities of the section were ranked as excellent by consecutive national research evaluations by the VSNU (Society of Dutch Universities), and have resulted in several spin-off companies. His research interests include thermodynamics for bioprocesses, a range of bioseparation/-conversion technologies, multifunctional bioreactors and miniaturized (‘on-chip’), computational, high-throughput technology for rapid process development, as well as analysis and development of large scale and distributed, low carbon biorenewables production systems, and their societal impacts.

    He is since 2004 director of BE-BASIC (, the globally operating private-public research organisation for Biobased Sustainable Industrial Chemistry & Energy, which is based in The Netherlands with hubs in South East Asia and Brazil, and a cumulative budget exceeding 205 M€.  BE-BASIC executes a R&D, training and innovation program in the field of industrial and environmental biotechnology, via a consortium of 30 academia and industries. He initiated the multi purpose, open innovation pilot facility (, ~ M€ 80). In 2011, he developed the Oil Palm Biomass Center in Malaysia (OPBC, ), stimulating innovation, economic growth and ecological benefits with the Malaysian palm sector and international chemicals /energy industries. In 2012, he coordinated the Netherlands’ Bioenergy and Biochemicals Innovation plan under the new Dutch Topsector Policy, and was appointed in the 1st Board of Directors of Foundation TKI-BBE, to execute the national Innovation Contract BBE.  In 2007, he joined (part-time) Royal Dutch Shell as Principal Scientist Biotechnology. He was/is Visiting Professor at the Univ. San Carlos, Cebu City, the Philippines until 2008; and 2009-‘13 at Univ. of Technology Malaysia, JB/KL.

    Luuk van der Wielen is/was  member of editorial and advisory boards of several leading international scientific journals, and chaired several scientific conferences (a.o. ESBES4, BPP2005, RRB4). He is/was a member or chair of several national and European committees, such as national coordinator Bioenergy and Biochemicals RD&I programming in The Netherlands Topsector Policy (2011-12), the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Separation Technology Institute, of the governmental Platform Renewable Feedstocks, Sustainable Energy Cie of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), Steering Group of the EU Technology Platform Suschem/ Industrial Biotechnology,

    Advisory Committee BIO4EU (European Commission), Steering Committee BBE (Min LNV) and BioPort of Rotterdam, Taskforce Bioenergy Systems (European Federation for Biotechnology), Advisory Board US-EU Taskforce on Biotechnology Research, Advisory Board of KP Sinha Bioenergy Center at IIT Kharagpur (India), Global Biorenewables Research Society (, Advisory Board of CLIB2021 (Germany), Oversight Board of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project ( ), as well as advisor to several European and international industries. He is one of the initiators of the successful academic program on Life Science & Technology ( ) of Leiden University and TU Delft, and director of the postgraduate program Bioprocess Design ( ).

    Luuk van der Wielen (left) is married, has 3 children, and has an active and passive interest in jazz music.