Isabel Arends

Isabel Arends was professor in Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry at the Delft University of Technology until 01 July 2018. In addition she was heading the department of Biotechnology at the TUDelft. Her ambition is to facilitate excellent research and education at the forefront of Biotechnology. Isabel has been trained as a chemist, and holds a fascination for green chemistry and oxidations. Her research focusses on the development of enzymes as catalysts.

Prof. Arends has a passion for bringing scientists from all disciplines together around topics in biotechnology and biorenewables. She does this in her role as director of the recently founded Delft Bioengineering Institute in Delft and as vice-director of the COST action systems biocatalysis. In addition she is a true advocate for women in science within the Delft University of Delft and Delft Technology Fellowship.

In the Netherlands Prof. Arends is active as board member and vice-director of the domain of applied and engineering science within the national Science Foundation (NWO-TTW, previously STW).
In the biorenewables field Arends is a board member of BE-Basic consortium, an international public-private partnership that develops industrial biobased solutions to build a sustainable society.

You can read an interview with Isabel Arends in Portraits of Science

  • 2014-present
    Vice Chair NWO Applied and Engineering Sciences (previously Technology Foundation STW)
  • 2016-2018
    Founding Chair TU Delft Bioengineering Institute, Delft University of Technology
  • 2013-2018
    Chair Department of Biotechnology and Faculty Board Member, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology
  • 2007-2018
    Full Professor Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology. (Co-)author of over 150 publications, supervisor of over 40 PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. H-index 53 (Scopus, January 2018)
  • 2001-2006
    Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology
  • 1995-2001
    Fellowship of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 1994
    Postdoctoral Researcher National Research Council Ottawa, Canada (Prof. K.U. Ingold)
  • 1988-1993
    PhD Student Leiden University, The Netherlands; 'Thermolysis of arene derivatives with coal-type hydrogen donors' (Prof. R. Louw, Dr. P. Mulder)
  • 1984-1988
    MSc Student Leiden University, The Netherlands; Physical Organic Chemistry
Key publications
  • A. Hiseni, L.G. Otten and I.W.C.E. Arends (2016) Identification of catalytically important residues of the carotenoid 1,2-hydratases from Rubrivivax gelatinosus and Thiocapsa roseopersicina, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 100, pp. 1275-1284.
  • M. Mifsud, S. Gargiulo, S. Iborra, I.W.C.E. Arends, F. Hollmann and A. Corma (2014), Photobiocatalytic chemistry of oxidoreductases using water as the electron donor, Nature Communications, 5:3145, pp 1-6.
  • F. Hollmann, I.W.C.E. Arends, K. Buehler, A. Schallmey and B. Bühler (2011) Enzyme-mediated oxidations for the chemist, Green Chemistry, 13, pp. 226-265.
  • A.J. Kotlewksa,  F.van Rantwijk, R.A. Sheldon, I.W.C.E. Arends (2011) Epoxidation and Baeyer-Villiger oxidation using hydrogen peroxide and a lipase dissolved in ionic liquids, Green Chemistry, 13, pp. 2154-2160.
  • I.W.C.E. Arends, (2006) Metal-catalyzed asymmetric epoxidations of terminal olefins using hydrogen peroxide as the oxidant, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 45 (38), pp. 6250-6252
  • G.J. ten Brink, I.W.C.E. Arends, R.A. Sheldon (2000) Green, catalytic oxidation of alcohols in water, Science, 287 (5458), pp. 1636-1639.
Committees (selected) and secondary employment
  • 2015-present
    Advisory Board Member Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam
  • 2014-present
    Vice Chair NWO Applied and Engineering Sciences (previously Technology Foundation STW)
  • 2012-present 
    Editor Green Processing and Synthesis (De Gruyter)
  • 2017-2018
    Chair Selection Committee Leading Fellows: Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Marie Curie Cofund Program
  • 2016-2017
    Chair Anniversary Committee TU Delft 175, Delft University of Technology
  • 2013-2018
    Vice Director Post Graduate School Biosciences, BioTechDelft (previously BSDL)
  • 2013-2018
    Vice Chair of COST Action CM1303 Systems Biocatalysis, European Cooperation in Science and Technology
  • 2013-2018
    Board Member Biotech Campus Delft
  • 2012-2018
    Permanent Advisory Committee Member Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professors, Delft University of Technology
  • 2011-2018
    Board Member Delft Technology Fellowship, Delft University of Technology
  • 2007-2018
    Board Member BE-Basic Foundation

Prof. Isabel Arends

Full Professor Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry