A BIOTECH REVOLUTION

We turn CO2
into renewable
chemicals.

POWERED BY NATURE AND HUMAN INGENUITY

We exist to restore balance on the planet.

CREATING SYSTEMIC CHANGE

Photanol: past, present and future.

The first patent

2008

Platform spin-out

2012

Strategic partnership with Corbion

2014

Strategic partnership with Nouryon

2016

Pilot plant validation

2019

First demonstration plant

2020

Strategic partnership with Renolit

2020

Demo plant starts validating production process

2021

Scale up to commercial plant

2023

Commercial production

2024

A PARADIGM SHIFT FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Cyanobacteria: natural, all-in-one factories.

Petro-chemicals mean mining more fossil fuel, emitting more carbon. They’re also resource, land and time thirsty - the kind of industry that has led to a planet out of balance. The Photanol solution helps reset that balance.

We can create any carbon compound. Which means we can make the monomers used for different plastics, the ingredients for personal care products and detergents; even fuels - clean, renewable and circular. All thanks to innovation that follows nature’s lead.

Photanol works with the superpower of cyanobacteria to photosynthesize. Optimizing the bacteria to absorb more CO2, adapting its metabolic pathways to produce a desired chemical. Transforming the bacteria into highly-efficient mini factories that run on sunlight, produce just oxygen as by-product and need radically less land and water than traditional variants. All primed for scalability thanks to Photanol’s platform technology.

How it works
Process

Through photosynthesis, cyanobacteria capture CO2, keep the carbon (C) and return oxygen (O2) as a by-product.

Solution

The cyanobacteria’s metabolic pathways are enhanced to produce the desired carbon compound.

Molecule

The compounds are collected straight out of our tubes installation. Upscaling production is as straightforward as laying more tubes.

Carbon compound

Our renewable chemistry is used to create circular plastics, sustainable detergents, beauty and healthcare products. Even biofuel.

Products

Photanol’s platform technology makes it possible to create virtually any carbon compound, with the power to transform many industries to circular.

Let our partners tell you why

Proof

Photanol is one of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers, acknowledging the potentional and uniqueness of our solution for the World of our next Generation.

World Economic Forum
MEET THE TEAM

Dedicated to restoring balance since 2008

Veronique de Bruijn, MBA

CEO

Venture capital and renewables expert Veronique merges unexpected worlds to power sustainable innovation. This drives her leadership, as well as her quest for the right partners to realize Photanol’s 100% renewable moonshot and transition to a circular future.

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Prof. dr. Klaas Hellingwerf

CSO

Our Founder and CSO, Prof. Hellingwerf, is a top five knowledge leader in the cyano-fermentation field and a well-respected authority on microbial photosynthesis. Prof. Hellingwerf continues researching and networking across continents to progress sustainable science and the Photanol vision.

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Paul Koekoek

COO

Over twenty years of engineering excellence back our COO’s plans to sky-rocket circular chemistry. Paul led the demo plant construction and is now designing the engineering feats needed for commercial scale up.

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Ellen Berkers

CFO

Years of experience managing global transformations and fundraising makes Ellen the bold financial leader Photanol needs. In fact, reporting and forecasting our progress - step by step - is what she thrives on. While we pioneer cyano brilliance, she’s busy transforming these breakthroughs into the hardy business plan we need to keep scaling.

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Jan Wery

CTO

A.K.A our Chief ‘North Star’ Navigator: It’s all very well having a bold and lofty mission like restoring balance on our planet, but it must be backed by the brains to roadmap us there. Jan’s 20 years in industrial biotech R&D is that brain. Jan dreams up and leads the multidisciplinary programs capable of transforming breakthrough lab-scale processes into scalable success.

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Aniek van der Woude

R&D Manager Strain Engineering

With Photanol since 2012 and joining us fresh from her PhD in molecular microbiology, our R&D Manager Aniek drives the strategy for the strain engineering team. Analyzing, debating and developing our most productive strains.

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Hayco Bloemen

Senior Process Development Engineer

Hayco describes his job as ‘making cyanos happy’. Which means he leads his team in the process development and validation needed to help our bacteria grow. Putting innovation into practice; turning 'what ifs' into reality.

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Sabrina Botton

Senior Researcher / Upscaling Team Lead

Sabrina’s personal ambition is to use bacteria as a platform for sustainable innovation. After several years at different research institutes, she now uses her expertise to support Photanol’s upscaling success.

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Pierre Hakkesteegt

Site Supervisor Delfzijl

Pierre is the one optimizing operations at our demo plant. Creating the ideal conditions to maximize cyanobacteria growth, so we can maximize the amount of CO₂ we convert into valuable product.

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Théo Veaudor

Researcher / Strain Engineering Team Lead

A self-described 'lab-guy' with a PhD in cyanobacteria genetics and metabolism, Théo spends his days tweaking and experimenting with cyanos on the way to our next big strain success stories.

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Koen Mulder

Researcher / Strain Engineering Team Lead

Joining us as junior researcher, Koen has been with Photanol since 2017. He’s now the unflappable, results-driven lead our engineers need to guide them through the cultivation of our latest and greatest strains.

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Dennis Dienst

Senior Researcher Strain Engineering

With a passion for all phototrophic life, Dennis has turned a personal obsession into a professional one - dedicating his all to hitting the most efficient, iterative ‘design-build-test-learn’ workflows to empower Photanol’s cyano strain engineering.

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Pieter Oostlander

Pilot Team Lead

Our optimistic, perfectionist Pilot Team Lead, Pieter, ensures our pilot operations are a success. He leads his team in achieving the results needed to transform lab strain triumphs into demo- and eventually industrial scale phototrophic production breakthroughs.

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Juliette Martin

Technology Scale Up Scientist

Starting with Photanol as an intern, Juliette is now our scientist in the Upscaling Team; pioneering the optimum conditions for cyanos to thrive:Conducting experiments in growth systems, testing and validating the most successful conditions for scale-up....and singing them lullabies.

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Maria João Correia

Junior Researcher Upscaling

Maria shares the Photanol change-maker gene. Her expertise is algae biotech; specifically micro algae ID and cultivation, and it’s her lab work that ensures our next big strains are robust and future-proof.

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Marc García López

Junior Researcher Upscaling

A passion for microbiology and its potential to mitigate climate breakdown led Marc to an internship at Photanol. Today, those two loves continue to drive his work as data scientist in the upscaling team.

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Eugenie Troia

Lead Analytical Chemist

A background in environmental chemistry and the same vision for circular solutions led Eugenie to Photanol. She powers the mission daily by deducing what needs to stay, go, or be tweaked - on the way to strain production upscale success.

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Anja Herdtfelder

Researcher Strain Engineering

Anja studied cloning for her degree in Life Science and Technology. At Photanol she optimizes cyanobacteria to deliver new compounds. Studying and iterating on results to create the most stable strains for our next organic acids.

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Mandy Gericke

Junior Researcher Strain Engineering

Coming to the world of Photonal after completing her Msc at the TU delft, Mandy’s mission is to shape a better future through her work. You’ll find her grafting away on biomolecular projects. Testing and iterating DNA constructs to improve our cyano-genetics, then observing their physiology for improvements.

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Mara Vincelli

Researcher Strain Engineering

A personal passion for environmental science drives Mara’s unlimited perseverance in the lab. Here she develops sustainable molecular techniques for cyano cultivation. Inventing the tools and protocol needed to research, evaluate and progress the most robust strains.

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Joost van Baarsen

Research Technician Strain Engineering

Joost came to us from a bio-waste company. Starting with us an intern, he became our Junior Researcher in 2018 and can be found in the lab, strengthening our upscaling team.

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Johan Davidsson

Junior Researcher Strain Engineering

With us since October 2020, Johan’s personal mission is to disrupt the traditional chemical industry to speed up the journey to a truly sustainable future. You’ll find him in the lab, applying his molecular biology techniques to modify and cultivate our cyanobacteria.

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Joanna Kowalczyk

Researcher Strain Engineering

Years studying the intricacies of fungal biotech and renewable chemicals is channelled into Joanna’s passionate development of custom microbes that capture CO2 to make our greener bio-plastic monomers.

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Céline Berruex

Junior Researcher Strain Engineering

With a globetrotter education gained across Switzerland, Australia and Scotland, you’ll find Céline in the lab, headphones on, good music tuned - optimizing our cyanobacteria strains for CO2 uptake. Conjuring up growth experiments to evaluate each technique’s potential.

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Luuk Couwenberg

Junior Researcher Strain Engineering

Guess what crushes Luuk’s heart? Plastic in nature. That’s why he’s dedicated his education and now his daily work to learn everything about biotechnology, to help in the transition to plastics that better fit the planet. You’ll find him researching the cellular processes of our cyanobacteria - validating the best ways to improve their metabolism.

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Gabriel Brouchon

Researcher Piloting

Compulsively curious, Gabriel first strengthened our strain engineering scale-up team for three years before putting that experience to use leading the build, optimization and validation of our pilot-size photobioreactor tech.

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Patrick Eikenboom

Operator pilot and demo

Patrick completed his B.A. thesis while interning at our pilot plant. Now, he uses the same flexibility and drive to operate and test experimental reactors and strains across multiple locations.

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Vera Boor

Junior Bioprocess Engineer

Dedicated to large scale, long-term cultivation of our cyanobacteria, Vera runs five reactors across indoor and outdoor locations, and is Photanol's trouble-shooter extraordinaire.

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Diogo Sebastião

Bio-process Engineer

Moving from Portugal to the Netherlands in 2016, Diogo believes it’s here at Photonal he can best progress the economic viability of sustainable bio-processes. Diogo drives the techno-economic evaluations (TEE) that allow us to navigate the long, bold, iterative design journey to commercial plant success.

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Dean Posthuma

Junior Process Engineer

Fresh from Imperial College, TU Delft. Dean joined us at the end of 2020. He spends his days helping us unlock the unconventional approaches and smart processes that see cyanobacteria take the leading role in our new era of green chemistry.

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Ward Bulk

Bio-process Operator

Ward studied Coastal & Marine Management, revelling in his thesis and internship dedicated to the small and large scale growth of microalgae. As our trusted Bio-process Operator, Ward now spends his days dreaming up out-of-the-box innovation to help streamline our industrial processes.

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Joost Teixeira de Mattos

Founder

Prof. Teixeira de Mattos is a leading expert on microbial physiology and fermentation. Together with Prof. Hellingwerf, he defined the optimum conditions for cultivating our cyanos and was integral in securing key partner, Nouryon. In 2016, Joost moved on to a start-up innovating circular energy solutions.

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VACANCIES

At the moment there are no vacancies but we're always on the lookout for talent. Send an open application to jobs@photanol.com.

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