prof.dr. J. Lange (Jean-Paul)


About Me

  • Principal research chemist at Shell Technology and Professor in Chemical biorefining at the University of Twente.
  • 25 years of “discovery” research in industry on catalytic processes for manufacturing fuels and chemicals from fossil and renewable feedstocks.
  • Academic Research (2012 – today)University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands, Professor in Chemical Biorefining (2012 – today)
  • Industrial Research (1989 – today)Shell Technology Centre, Amsterdam, the NetherlandsPrincipal research chemist (2006 - today)Senior research chemist (1996 - 2006)Research chemist (1992 - 1996)Associate research chemist (1989 - 1992)
  • Post-Doc. (1987 – 1988)Lehigh University, Bethlehem (PA), USASupervisor: Prof. K. Klier
  • PhD. (1983 – 1987)Doktor der NaturwissenschaftenFritz-Haber-Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany Supervisor: Dr. H.G. KargeThesis: “Study of the deposition of coke onto Mordenite catalysts during the reaction with ethene” (in German)
  • Chem.Trainee (Aug. 1983)Zschimmer & Schwarz GmbH, Lahnstein, Germany
  • Graduation (1979 – 1983)Licencié en Sciences chimiques Université Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium Supervisor: Dr. J. B.NagyThesis: “Physicochemical properties of ZSM-5 and Mordenite zeolites exchanged with cesium: adsorption and reactivity of isopropanol” (in French)


  • Applied heterogeneous catalysis for manufacturing fuels and chemicals, e.g. methane conversion, synthesis gas technologies, oil refining, petrochemicals manufacture, manufacture of bio-based fuels and bio-based chemicals
  • Spectroscopy on catalyst and adsorbates (including in situ)
  • Chemical engineering of catalytic processes, incl. reactor design, flow-sheeting, conceptual process design and manufacturing economics




Dubbink, G. H. C., Geverink, T. R. J., Haar, B., Koets, H. W., Kumar, A. , van den Berg, H. , van der Ham, A. G. J. , & Lange, J. P. (2021). Furfural to FDCA: systematic process design and techno-economic evaluation. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 15(4), 1021-1030. https://doi.org/10.1002/bbb.2204
Engl, P. S., Tsygankov, A., De Jesus Silva, J. , Lange, J. P., Copéret, C., Togni, A., & Fedorov, A. (2020). Acrylate Esters by Ethenolysis of Maleate Esters with Ru Metathesis Catalysts: an HTE and a Technoeconomic Study. Helvetica Chimica Acta, 103(4), [e2000035]. https://doi.org/10.1002/hlca.202000035
Other Contributions

Incl. 5 book chapters (with *)

Biofuels and bio-based chemicals

  • 47. Liquefaction of Lignocellulose in Fluid Catalytic Cracker Feed: A Process Concept Study
  • S. Kumar, J.-P. Lange, G. van Rossum, S.R.A. Kersten;
  • ChemSusChem 2015, 8, 4086-4094 (DOI)
  • 46. Renewable Feedstocks: The Problem of Catalyst Deactivation and its Mitigation
  • J.-P. Lange; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 13186–13197 (DOI)
  • 45. Liquefaction of lignocellulose in fractionated light bio-oil: Proof of concept and techno-economic assessment
  • S. Kumar, J.-P. Lange, G. van Rossum, S.R.A. Kersten; ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2015, 3, 2271-2280 (DOI)
  • 44. Bio-oil fractionation by temperature-swing extraction: Principle and application
  • S. Kumar, J.-P. Lange, G. Van Rossum, S.R.A. Kersten; Biomass and Bioenergy 2015, 83, 96-104 (DOI)
  • 43. A new approach for bio-oil characterization based on gel permeation chromatography preparative fractionation
  • M. Castellví Barnés, J.-P. Lange, G. van Rossum, S.R.A. Kersten, J. Anal. Appl. Pyrol. 2015, 113, 444–453 (DOI)
  • 42. Liquefaction of lignocellulose: Do basic and acidic additives help out?
  • S. Kumar, J.-P. Lange, G. van Rossum, S. Kersten, Chem. Eng. J. 2015, 278, 99-104 (DOI)
  • 41. Document Liquefaction of lignocellulose: Process parameter study to minimize heavy ends
  • Kumar, S., Lange, J.-P., Van Rossum, G., Kersten, S.R.A., Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research 2014, 53 (29), 11668-11676 (DOI)
  • 40. Liquefaction of Lignocellulosic Biomass: Solvent, Process Parameter, and Recycle Oil Screening
  • G. van Rossum, W. Zhao, M. Castellvi Barnes, J.-P. Lange, S.R.A. Kersten, ChemSusChem 2014, 7(1), 253-259 (DOI)
  • 39. Furfural Production by ‘Acidic Steam Stripping’ of Lignocellulose
  • J. van Buijtenen, J.-P. Lange, L. Espinosa Alonso, W. Spiering, R. F. Polmans, R. J. Haan, ChemSusChem 2013, 6, 2132-2136 (DOI)
  • 38. Furfural – a promising platform for lignocellulosic biofuels
  • J.-P. Lange, E. van der Heide, J. van Buijtenen, R.J. Price, ChemSusChem 2012, 5, 150-166 (DOI)
  • 37. Valeric biofuels: a platform of cellulosic transportation fuels
  • J.-P. Lange, R. Price, P.M. Ayoub, J. Louis, L. Petrus, L. Clarke, J. Gosselink, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 4479-4483 (DOI)
  • 36*. Cellulosic Biofuels – a sustainable option for transportation
  • J.-P. Lange, I. Lewandowski, P. Ayoub, in “Sustainable Development in the Process Industry – cases and impacts”, (Harmsen, Powell, eds) Wiley, 2010, 171-208 (DOI)
  • 35. Conversion of Furfuryl Alcohol into Ethyl Levulinate using Solid Acid Catalysts
  • J.-P. Lange, W.D. van de Graaf, and R.J. Haan, ChemSusChem 2009, 2, 437-441 (DOI)
  • 34. Cellulosic biofuels – a short introduction to manufacture and economics
  • J.-P. Lange, 15th Eur. Biomass conf. & Exhibition, Berlin, 7-11 May 2007, 1884-1886 (DOI)
  • 33. Lignocellulose conversion: an introduction to chemistry, process and economics
  • J.-P. Lange, Biofuels, Bioprod. Bioref., 2007, 1, 39-48 (DOI)
  • 32. Towards ‘bio-based’ nylon: conversion of γ-valerolactone to methyl pentenoate under catalytic distillation conditions
  • J.-P. Lange, J.Z. Vestering, R.J. Haan, Chem. Commun., 2007, 3488-3490 (DOI)
  • 31*. Lignocellulose conversion: an introduction to chemistry, process and economics
  • J.-P. Lange, in ‘Catalysis for Renewables: from feedstock to energy production’ (eds. G. Centi and R.A. van Santen) Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2007, 238(1), 21-51 (DOI)

Chemical Manufacture

  • 30*. Resource efficiency of chemical manufacturing chains – present and future
  • J.-P. Lange, in “Sustainable Development in the Process Industry – cases and impacts”, (Harmsen, Powell, eds) Wiley, 2010, 23-38 (DOI)
  • 29. Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing: A Matter of Resources, Wastes, Hazards, and Costs.
  • Lange, J.-P., ChemSusChem 2009, 2, 587-592 (DOI)
  • 28*. Propylene epoxidation via Shell’s SMPO process: 30 years of research and operation
  • J.K.F. Buijink, J.-P. Lange, A.N.R. Bos, A.D. Horton, F.G.M. Niele, in ‘Mechanism in homogeneous and heterogeneous epoxidation catalysis’ (ed. S.T. Oyama) Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2008, 355-371 (DOI)
  • 27. Shell’s styrene monomer and propylene oxide (SMPO) process: Lessons learnt from 28 years of highly selective catalytic propylene epoxidation
  • J.K.F. Buijink, J.-P. Lange, A.N.R. Bos, A.D. Horton, F.G.M. Niele, Prep. Pap.-Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Petr. Chem., 2007, 52 (2), 229-232 (DOI)
  • 26. Dehydration of phenyl-ethanol to styrene under reactive distillation conditions: understanding the catalyst deactivation
  • J.-P. Lange, V. Otten, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2007, 46, 6899-6903 (DOI)
  • 25. A novel reverse flow reactor with integrated separation
  • A.N.R. Bos, J.-P. Lange, G. Kabra, Chem. Eng. Sci. 2007, 62, 5661-5662 (DOI)
  • 24. Dehydration of phenyl-ethanol to styrene: zeolite catalysts operating under reactive distillation
  • J.-P. Lange, V. Otten, J. Catal., 2006, 238(1), 6-12 (DOI)
  • 23. Oxycracking of hydrocarbons: chemistry technology and economic potential
  • J.-P. Lange, R.J. Schoonebeek, P.G.D.L. Mercera, F.W. van Breukelen, Appl. Catal. A: General, 2005, 283, 243-253 (DOI)
  • 22. Monolithic catalysts for the fixed-bed hydrogenation of polymers
  • J.-P. Lange, L. Schoon, A. Villena, W. de Jong, Chem. Comm., 2004, 2864-2865 (DOI)
  • 21. Sustainable development: efficiency and recycling in chemicals manufacturing
  • J.-P. Lange, Green Chem., 2002, 4(6), 546-550 (DOI)
  • 20. Catalytic rearrangement of aliphatic hydroperoxides
  • J.-P. Lange, A.J.M. Breed, Cat. Comm., 2002, 3, 25-28 (DOI)
  • 19. Solid acid catalysts for converting alkenes and alkanols to carboxylic acids
  • J.-P. Lange, L. Petrus, Appl. Catal. A: General, 2001, 216, 285-294 (DOI)
  • 18. Mass transfer limitations in zeolite catalysts: the dehydration of 1-phenyl-ethanol to styrene
  • J.-P. Lange, C.M.A.M. Mesters, Appl. Catal. A: General, 2001, 210, 247-255 (DOI)
  • 17. Fuels and chemicals manufacturing: guidelines for understanding and minimising the production costs
  • J.-P. Lange, CatTech, 2001, 5(2), 82-95 (DOI)
  • 16. Catalysis research for improved process economics
  • J.-P. Lange, CatTech, 1999, 3(1), 51-52

Natural gas conversion to fuels and chemicals

  • 15*. Economics of alkane conversion
  • J.-P. Lange, in ‘Sustainable strategies for the upgrading of natural gas: fundamentals, challenges and opportunities’ (E.G. Derouane et al., eds) Kluwer 2005, pp. 51-83 (DOI)
  • 14. Methanol synthesis: a short review of technology improvements
  • J.-P. Lange, Catal. Today, 2001, 64, 3-8 (DOI)
  • 13. Perspectives for manufacturing methanol at fuel value
  • J.-P. Lange, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 1997, 36(10), 4282-4290 (DOI)
  • 12. Processes for Converting Methane to liquid Fuels: Economic Screening through Energy Management
  • J.-P. Lange, P.J.A. Tijm, Chem. Eng. Sci., 1996, 51, 2379-2387 (DOI)
  • 11. Keys to methane conversion technologies
  • J.-P. Lange, K.P. de Jong, J. Ansorge, P.J.A. Tijm, Studies in Surf. Sci. and Catal. 107, (1997), 81-86 (DOI)
  • 10. Conversion of Methane to Liquid Fuels and Bulk Chemicals. II. Indirect dehydrogenation routes
  • J.-P. Lange, Chimie Nouvelle, 1995, 13, 1433-1436 (DOI)
  • 09. Conversion of Methane to Liquid Fuels and Bulk Chemicals. I. Direct dehydrogenation routes
  • J.-P. Lange, Chimie Nouvelle, 1994, 12, 1403-1406 (DOI)

In-situ Spectroscopy in Catalysis

  • 08. U.v.-vis-n.i.r. studies of Fe(II)-A zeolite
  • J.-P. Lange, K. Klier, Zeolites, 1994, 14, 462-468 (DOI)
  • 07. Coke Formation through the reaction of ethene over hydrogen mordenite. III. IR and 13C-NMR studies
  • J.-P. Lange, A. Gutsze, J. Allgeier, Appl. Catal., 1988, 45, 345-356 (DOI)
  • 06. Coke Formation through the reaction of olefins over hydrogen mordenite. II. In situ EPR measurements under on-stream conditions
  • H.G. Karge, J.-P. Lange, A. Gutsze, M. Laniecki, J. Catal., 1988, 114, 144-152 (DOI)
  • 05. Coke Formation through the reaction of olefins over hydrogen mordenite. I. EPR measurements under static conditions (DOI)
  • J.-P. Lange, A. Gutsze, H.G. Karge, J. Catal., 1988, 114, 136-143
  • 04. Carbonisation of polyethylene over acidic zeolites
  • A. Gutsze, J.-P. Lange, H.G. Karge, J. Allgeier, J. Catal. 1988, 113, 525-528 (DOI)
  • 03. Oligomerization and coke formation on zeolites studied by ESR
  • A. Gutsze, H. Karge, J.P. Lange, Ser. Fiz. (Uniw. im. Adama Mickiewicza Poznaniu) 1985, 54 (Radio Microwave Spectrosc.), 119
  • 02. Studies on coke formation on dealuminated mordenites by in-situ IR and EPR measurements
  • H.G. Karge, E.P. Boldingh, J.-P. Lange, A. Gutsze, Acta Phys. Chem. 1985, 31 (1-2), 636-648
  • 01. Reactivity of isopropanol on K- and Cs-exchanged ZSM-5 and mordenite
  • B.Nagy, J., Lange, J.-P., Gourgue, A., Bodart, P., Gabelica, Z., in "Catalysis by acid and bases" (eds. B. Imelik et al.), Elsevier (1985), p. 127-134 (DOI)

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