With integrated solutions for the production of fuel from biomass, DuPont is leading the industry in the commercialization of advanced biofuel technologies – such as cellulosic ethanol and biobutanol – in markets around the world. As the Global Business Director for Biorefineries at DuPont since 2007, Jan oversees the development of these processes and technologies.
In this position, Jan has championed renewable transportation fuels, testifying before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in 2011, 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, the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and workshops sponsored by the Biobased Industry Center at Iowa State University. He has been quoted in a number of news outlets, including Politico, The New York Times, McClatchy News Service, Wilmington News Journal, Biofuels Digest, Ethanol Producer Magazine, and Chemical Processing Magazine.
Jan has worked for DuPont for over 20 years, since he joined the company in 1990 as part of Dordrecht Works in the Netherlands. He started his work in Lycra® spandex fiber production and worked in Teflon® fluoropolymer development 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 chemicals and commodities.
Jan serves as the Chair of the Board for Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC since its inception in 2009. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors for Vivergo Fuels and has 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.