Dupont Industrial Biosciences - Global Business Director for Advanced Biofuels
With integrated solutions for the production of fuel from biomass, DuPont is leading the industry in the commercialization of advanced biofuel technologies in markets around the world. As the Global Business Director for Advanced Biofuels at DuPont since 2007, Jan is responsible for driving the business models and commercialization for the company’s cellulosic ethanol and biobutanol technologies.
In this position, Jan has championed renewable transportation fuels, testifying before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in 2011 and the Senate Committee on Agriculture in 2014, and as a speaker at a variety of industry conferences and events, such as The Atlantic’s Next Generation Energy Forum, the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s World Congress, F.O. Licht in Budapest, the Fuel Ethanol Workshop conference and workshops sponsored by the Biobased Industry Center at Iowa State University. Jan also co-chaired the International Ligno-Cellulosic Ethanol conference in Brussels in 2015. He has been quoted in a number of news outlets, including Politico, The New York Times, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Hill, USA Today, Des Moines Register, McClatchy News Service, Wilmington News Journal, Biofuels Digest, Ethanol Producer Magazine, and Chemical Processing Magazine.
Jan has worked for DuPont for over 25 years, since he joined the company in 1990 as part of Dordrecht Works in the Netherlands. Early in his career, he gained 10 years’ experience in industrial operations, starting his work in Lycra® spandex fiber production and working in Teflon® fluoropolymer production in West Virginia and in Ethylene Co-Polymer production in Texas. In addition, Jan has held marketing and R&D management positions and had general business responsibility for a variety of chemicals and commodities.
Jan serves as the Chair of the Board for Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC since its inception in 2009 and received a DuPont Work Life Award in 2001. Prior to joining DuPont, Jan served as a lieutenant in the Belgian Army and began his career as a research assistant at the University of Maryland.
Jan holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ghent in Belgium and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is active in his community and volunteers in a small organization assisting local homeless.