Maurits van Tol is CEO of the Chemical Technologies Unit and member of the Executive Committee at Johnson Matthey Plc, a global leader in sustainable technologies. We apply our cutting-edge science to create solutions with our customers that make a real difference to the world around us. We’ve been leaders in our field for more than 200 years, applying unrivalled scientific expertise to enable cleaner air, improved health and the more efficient use of our planet's natural resources.

Before joining Johnson Matthey in 2019, Maurits was the Senior Vice President Innovation and Technology at Borealis AG, based in Austria, since 2012. Maurits was also responsible for shaping the Circular Economy business for Borealis and was a member of the company’s managing board responsible for the Plastics business. Prior to joining Borealis AG, he spent 19 years with Royal DSM NV in The Netherlands in a wide variety of R&D, Innovation and Business Management roles.

Maurits has a PhD in Catalysis and an MSc in Physical Chemistry and Catalysis, both from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Parts of his studies were also performed at the University of East Anglia (UK), and UC Berkeley (US). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Faraday Institution in the UK and an expert advisor to the UN Industrial Development Organization and Tsinghua University joint undertaking IHEC (International Hydrogen Energy Centre). He also serves on the C2V Carbon to Value Carbontech Leadership Council (CLC), an invitation only group of corporate, non-profit, and government thought leaders who foster commercialization opportunities and identify avenues for technology validation, testing, and demonstration. Members consist of senior executives representing diverse industries that have made formal commitments to reducing carbon emissions in their core businesses and beyond. The CLC is creating a technology roadmap for the future of the carbontech industry and also works closely with the highly selective cohorts of startups participating in the C2V Initiative.

Maurits has a passion for sustainability and cleantech and has 18 patents to his name and over 30 publications. His research has won awards from Leiden University and the Royal Dutch Chemical Society.

Maurits van Tol


Science, Industry and Translation CommitteeJanuary 2023 - December 2025Member