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Your partner in essential chemistry for a sustainable future
We are a global specialty chemicals leader. We produce essential chemicals and are experts in highly demanding chemistry. Over the course of our nearly 400 years of existence, we have built up a wealth of expertise, forged long-term customer partnerships, and earned a place among the leading companies in our industry in terms of financial performance, safety, sustainability, and reliability.
Our products play an essential role in everyday life for people around the globe. We supply industries worldwide with essential chemicals for the manufacture of products such as paper, plastics, building materials, food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care items.
Officially formed in October 2018 after separating from AkzoNobel, our origins go back much further. Our history is an intricate web of mergers, acquisitions, and divestments spanning four centuries and locations ranging from the Netherlands to Germany, Sweden, China, the US, and Brazil. Refining our portfolio over time has transformed us into the leader we are today.

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ACS Publications

ACS Publications is a nonprofit scholarly publisher of more than 50 of the most cited, most trusted and most read peer-reviewed journals and eBooks. The Division offers high quality, rapid time to publication, a range of channels to access the publisher’s cutting-edge digital platform, and a comprehensive program of Open Access initiatives. ACS Publications also publishes Chemical & Engineering News—a news magazine covering science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field.

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With over 20 years of mass spectrometry and chemistry expertise, Advion offers the expression family of compact mass spectrometers designed for the chemist. The affordability, small size and ease-of-use make them ideal for use directly at the chemist’s bench, giving immediate answers and informed decisions instead of waiting in line at a central analytical service laboratory. Quickly and effortlessly analyze samples from Flash chromatography, Prep-LC, SFC, TLC, (U)HPLC, or manual syringe injection. Now every synthetic chemist can have a mass spec that works the same hours that they do.

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Aspen Oss

Aspen Oss is a global supplier of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and one of the world's best known producers of chemical and biochemical Active Ingredients.
Our core competences are the production of steroids, heparin, peptides an alkaloids. A broad experience in cGMP manufacturing, customer and regulatory support and extensive product know-how are applied to offer our customers a consistent quality.
Aspen Oss employs approximately 900 employees and is a dynamic organisation built on entrepreneurial strength and forward thinking minds. We attract high performing individuals who are passionate about their career and have a desire to exceed expectations!

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Avantes is a world leader in the field of spectroscopy. They develop and manufacture spectrometers, light sources, software, fiber optic cables, and accessories. Avantes' products are highly customizable, adaptable to any specific application, and integrated into even the smallest housings. These products therefore find usage in many OEM applications and markets, as well as in the scientific and industrial world. With over 20 years of experience, Avantes continues to produce innovative instruments for applications in diverse fields including chemical, solar energy, agriculture, gemology, (bio)medical, semiconductor, light measurement and food processing technology. They are creating solutions that perfectly align with your needs.

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At BASF, we create chemistry – for a sustainable future. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is arranged into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas.

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Charles River


Charles River Laboratories Den Bosch is a subsidiary of the US-listed multinational company Charles River Laboratories International Inc. The organization employs ~ 11,000 staff worldwide. Our company here in the Netherlands is a well-known, internationally operating contract research organization. The company specializes in areas such as environmental and safety research for new and existing drugs, chemical substances and products. Quality-thinking is the essence of our company. Our clients are international pharmaceutical, chemical and agro-chemical companies.

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ChemPubSoc Europe

ChemPubSoc Europe is an organization of 16 continental European chemical societies including the KNCV from The Netherlands. They publish 14 high-quality journals and the ChemViews Magazine. The societies share a commitment to scientific excellence, to publishing ethics, and to the highest standards in publication. All ChemPubSoc Europe journals are published by Wiley-VCH.

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Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity.

Elsevier provides information analytics solutions and digital tools in the areas of strategic research managementR&D performanceclinical decision support, and professional education. Th company publishes about 2,500 and launched 26 new subscription and open access journals, including Materials Today Physics, Joule from Cell Press and The Lancet Planetary Health. ScienceDirect, the world’s largest database of peer-reviewed primary scientific and medical research, hosts over 15m pieces of content and 38,000 e-books. Flagship journals include Cell and The Lancet family of titles.

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Life Cooperative

Companies work together in the LIFE Cooperative. And it works!

The LIFE Cooperative brings together 24+ companies in the field of Life Science and medical technology in the Northern Netherlands. The members consist of a mix of start-ups, established small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large international players that create impact and innovation throughout the drug and medtech development chain. By working together, the cooperative SMEs develop research and development chains that result in efficient innovations.

For its members, the LIFE Cooperative develops solutions for shared challenges. Collective training, combined purchasing of laboratory equipment and materials and shared visits to international fairs and conferences are some of the current examples of this joint approach.

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People in Science


From origin a recruitment agency we developed into a consultancy partner who can support you with all your questions regarding career development.

In addition to coaching individuals and advising jobseekers during conferences, job markets and recruitment procedures, we offer workshops and lectures for students and young professionals. For this, we use our experience with recruitment procedures and expertise of the job market.

Visit the People in Science booth at CHAINS and check out our current vacancies and extensive PhD training.
We are looking forward to meet you and are committed to help you find the most suitable options for you!

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SciFinder - A CAS Solution

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, is the world's authority for chemical information and related solutions.

Dedicated to the ACS vision of improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry, the CAS team of highly trained scientists finds, collects and organizes all publicly disclosed substance information, creating the world's most valuable collection of content that is vital to innovation worldwide.

Scientific researchers and patent professionals around the world rely on a suite of research solutions from CAS that enable discovery and facilitate workflows. One of those solutions is SciFindern. SciFindern allows scientists to do better research in less time. SciFinderⁿ accelerates research by providing actionable results such as step-by-step synthetic methods and hard to find chemistry in patents.

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Screening Devices

Screening Devices BV, founded in 2004 is a Dutch based company Simply Finding Solutions.
Screening Devices BV is active in life (bio) sciences, environmental, food and agriculture business in the areas of synthesis, purification and chromatography. 

Our product scope varies from silica gel (bulk and pre-packed specialties), HPLC columns, cartridges, storage plates and vials, miscellaneous supportive materials to dedicated fine mechanicals and selective smaller laboratory equipment. Our customers are active in research, development and (pilot) production. 

We aim to Simply Finding Solutions - deliver and implement cost and time efficient solutions to our customers.

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Shell is a technology pioneer for more than a century and we continue to find innovative ways to provide energy and chemical products people need. Annually, we spend around $1 billion on R&D, more than any other international energy company. Shell is a global leader in the lubricants industry and is engaged in large-scale production of sustainable and low CO2 biofuels. Shell Chemicals ranks among the world's top 10 chemicals suppliers, with substantial R&D in in catalysts and process technology. We are helping to meet growing global energy demand and limit CO2 emissions by producing more natural gas, the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon which makes up more than half of our production. Shell invests in unlocking more, cleaner energy for the decades ahead from both natural gas and renewables through its Integrated Gas and Shell New Energies businesses. We collaborate with academia, research institutes and companies including those far beyond our industry to target improvements for existing technologies and address energy transition challenges.

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Shimadzu is a world-leading manufacturer of analytical instrumentation. Shimadzu provides a broad range of analytical instruments indispensable for research, development, and quality control in a variety of fields.

Founded in 1875, Shimadzu looks back on a long history and tradition of know-how, research and service. Our product portfolio has grown organically, linking many disciplines and has its roots in the company’s innovativeness. This is based on the creative talent of its scientists and engineers, such as Genzo Shimadzu Jr. who has been awarded as one of Japan’s ten greatest ever inventors, and Koichi Tanaka, the 2002 Laureate of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Our high-level, sophisticated instruments include chromatographs & mass spectrometers, spectrometers, TOC/TN, and elemental and surface analysis systems. We also provide a broad range of high-precision physical testing and measuring technology that is essential for product development and quality assurance.

Our offices in 76 countries with a total of ca. 10.000 employees guarantee that we are within close reach of our customers.

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Spark904 is a research satellite for problem-solving in chemical industry with strong focus on superior analytical and spectroscopic techniques. We are located at the research hub of Amsterdam Science Park with access to the infrastructure and expertise of three knowledge institutes. We are of interest to any innovation driven chemical business. Our customers are in the food industry, pharmaceuticals, catalyst manufacturing, oil and petro-chemicals, bio-based industry, polymers, formulations etc.

Whether you are at the stage of product/service design, development of market-ready versions or next-generation product development, you will always need analytical & spectroscopic characterisation, so let’s talk!

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Synex Synthetics BV

Synex Synthetics BV is a Maastricht based custom research organization. The company was founded in the UK focussing on chemical trading. Frequent requests for custom synthesis led to the opening of a state of the art synthesis and analysis laboratory in Maastricht. Synex has a down to earth and transparent management structure which enables cost effective projects to be realized with short lead times. The flexibility of the company enables us to meet the demands of every customer and achieve desired results fast. While pharma is the main thread our expertise reaches from polymers to biological systems, leading to border crossing science on a global market.

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Syngaschem BV


Syngaschem BV is a Dutch, small research enterprise, established in 2013 with base funding from Synfuels China Technology Beijing, on sustainable  production and use of synthesis gas. Housed at DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Eindhoven) it collaborates in the NWO-CHIPP SynCat@DIFFER. Syngaschem also participates in the EU-H2020 project CritCat, and it sponsors research at two South African universities. Most of all it works together with the research institute SynCat@Beijing, led by Syngaschem’s director  Hans Niemantsverdriet.  Staff researchers are Dr Foteini Sapountzi (electrochemistry), Hans Fredriksson (in situ spectroscopy) and Kees-Jan Weststrate (Fischer-Tropsch chemistry, surface science, and Deputy Director).  

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Teijin Aramid


Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group and world leader in aramids. Its aramid products Twaron®, Sulfron®, Teijinconex®, Technora® and its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) Endumax® are renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight and are used in different applications and markets including automotive, ballistic protection, marine, civil engineering, protective clothing, ropes, fiber optic cables and oil & gas.

Teijin Aramid has more than two decades of experience in developing innovative aramid materials that strengthen and improve products for use in the maritime industry. In particu¬lar, mooring lines (for both static and semi-static applications) that integrate Teijin Aramid’s materials Twaron® and Technora® offer improved performance standards and longer lifetimes.

Twaron® and Technora® have unique physical properties, including high tenacity, high strength and high-tensile modulus. Weight for weight, Twaron® is five times stronger than steel, while Technora® is even stronger. Both materials have a high creep resistance and are perfectly suited for reinforcing mooring lines, enabling the maritime industry to use stronger mooring lines without increasing the weight. The lower weight and easier handling of aramid mooring lines compared to traditional steel lines can improve efficiency on board ships or in harbors.
These high performance materials are produced in the Netherlands and Japan.

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V.O. Patents & Trademarks

V.O. Patents & Trademarks is one of the larger independent Intellectual Property firms in Europe. We offer services in patent and trademark protection, as well as market and engineering intelligence in terms of IP. We have wide expertise and many years of experience in Chemistry, Life Sciences, Engineering and Software/ICT. More than 60 attorneys support clients worldwide to maximize the value of their intellectual property.
Clients range from tech starters and midsized innovators to knowledge centers and multinationals. They include leading national and international companies and institutes. With nine offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, we operate in a global network of professionals.
Our work is recognized worldwide by the IP industry. V.O. is praised as "a center of excellence" in Intellectual Asset Magazine and in 2018 we received The Netherlands prosecution IP Firm of the Year Award from Managing IP Magazine.

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