Prof. dr. Isabel W.C.E. Arends

Prof.dr. Isabel Arends holds a chair in biocatalysis and organic chemistry, where she focuses on the development of enzymes as biocatalysts. Specific research interests are: oxidation and hydrating enzymes that can have a large impact on atom efficiency; chemoenzymatic cascades, the development of novel enzymes, and enzymes in a biobased economy. She teaches Green Chemistry and Biocatalysis to BSc and MSc students for over 15 years.

Isabel Arends received her PhD in physical organic chemistry in 1993 from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Postdoctoral work followed with Keith Ingold at the National Research Council in Canada on liquid phase oxidations catalyzed by biomimetic iron complexes. She joined the group of Roger Sheldon at the Delft University of Technology in 1995, and in 1996 she was awarded a research fellowship of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in the field of biomimetic oxidations. She joined the faculty of the Department of Biotechnology in 2001 and in 2007 she took up the position of full professor in biocatalysis. She has supervised over 40 PhDs and post-docs and authored over 150 publications. Together with Roger Sheldon and Ulf Hanefeld she wrote the pioneering book on Green Chemistry and Catalysis (Wiley, 2004). Next to her research and education activities at the TUDelft, Isabel Arends is one of the flagship managers in BE-Basic, a large research consortium dedicated to the utilization of second generation biomass, and she serves on the board of the national funding agency for applied and technology research (NW-TTW) in the Netherlands. She is also a member of the management team of the TUDelft Faculty of Applied sciences. In 2018, Isabel Arends became the new dean of the Faculty of Science of the Utrecht University. 

Team Project Partners

Dr. Fabio Tonin/Delft University of Technology

Dr. Fabio Tonin obtained a master degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology in 2013 at the Insubria University (Varese, Italy). After that he has continued with his PhD studies in Biotechnology in the same faculty in collaboration with the interuniversity research centre “The Protein Factory”. His thesis concerned the development of an enzymatic tool-box for lignin degradation.

During the PhD, he gains his competency in enzyme expression and purification, screening development and optimisation of biocatalytic reactions.

He received the PhD degree in 2016 and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow working on the development of an enzymatic cascade for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals ingredients in the department of Applied Science, TU Delft.


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