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Engineering Sciences

Converting raw materials into industrial-scale applications

Our Engineering Sciences competences cover the expertise and tools needed to develop processes for converting various renewable raw materials into products. 
POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels, Iowa, U.S.

They also include the technology to formulate these products into different functional applications at industrial scale: For example, our scientists were able to create a pioneering bio-based plastic like EcoPaXX®, (made primarily from castor beans that don’t compete with the food chain).

Engineering Sciences at DSM

Engineering Sciences link the “hardware” and “software” aspects of science across DSM to create more efficient and sustainable processes. Crucial to this is our ability to connect with colleagues in our Life Sciences-based competences to create innovations – whether it be nourishing microorganisms via bio-process technology, or creating high-performing plastics via polymer process technology.

Industrial interior

Only when we combine all our knowledge and resources can we understand, define and optimize the ideal processes for making products as diverse as vitamins, coatings, biofuels and food ingredients.

Engineering Sciences: Advanced areas of expertise

  • Biological, chemical and polymer science
  • Process modeling
  • Thermodynamics
  • Design and engineering
  • Development and scale-up
  • Large-scale operation
EcoPaXX® food packaging

Engineering Sciences for societal benefit

Engineering Sciences competences have played a key role across our entire organization - not only in the development of EcoPaXX, our 70% bio-based high-performance thermoplastic, but also in Dyneema®, our ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. It’s the world’s strongest fiber and now used in everything from sustainable cargo chains to intricate medical devices.

Life Sciences for societal benefit

Our Engineering Sciences competences have also supported the development of bio-based building blocks - for example plant-based paints; as well as in the development of biofuels through our POET-DSM Project LIBERTY initiative.


Yet another key area is industrial fermentation - which has clearly contributed to harvesting the first fruits from the molecular biology revolution. And there are many more fruits from industrial fermentation, covering enzymes, compounds for taste and texture, lipids, cultures, vitamins, antibiotics and monomers for plastics.

Engineering Sciences: Knowledge centers

Bioprocess RT&D activities primarily taking place in Delft (the Netherlands) and also in Columbia (MD) (U.S.). Nutritional process development takes place primarily at DSM Nutritional Products in the Basel area (Switzerland); while our facility in Geleen (the Netherlands) works in parallel on polymer process development, chemical process development and enabling process technology activities.