Dr. Jan-Pleun Lens is Vice President Research and Applications of FRX Polymers. Before joining FRX Polymers, Jan-Pleun worked for GE Plastics and SABIC for over 11 years where he started as a Product Developer working on novel polycarbonates made through the melt polycondensation process.
After completing a Black Belt assignment setting up the supply chain for new monomers from China and India, Jan-Pleun held positions as European Technology Manager for Polycarbonate Products and Global Technology Manager for the Interfacial Polycarbonate Process.
Jan-Pleun was the developer and technical lead for one of the new specialty polycarbonates from SABIC and obtained different prestigious company awards. He is a qualified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, has published over 20 articles, and is inventor on more than 60 patent applications of which more than 40 have been granted year to date. Jan-Pleun obtained his Master's degree in Chemical Engineering in 1991 from the University Twente in the Netherlands and in, 1996, he obtained his PhD in Polymer Technology from the same university.
Q: Why do you enjoy working and studying in the science field?
When I was a teenager, I had a very inspirational chemistry teacher who drew me into the chemistry field. It’s great to create new substances from different starting materials. The passion for chemistry also translated to my personal life where I enjoy cooking. Cooking is creating chemistry in the kitchen, and many chemists that I know are also a very good cooks.
Q: Working directly with customers is a key part of your role. What do you believe sets FRX Polymers apart from other chemical suppliers?
FRX Polymers is a unique supplier of flame retardants. Not only are we the only global supplier who delivers a polymeric, phosphor-based flame retardant to the market, but we also have developed a strong knowledge about the applications in which our materials are being used. In addition, we participate in trials when customers use our materials for the first time. This high level of expertise gives us the ability to have very detailed discussions with our customers and give them a jump start in their product development cycle.