Chemical Technology

The Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) integrates chemical science and engineering in its research on catalysis, polymerization, kinetics, reactor design and process design. LCT is part of the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University in Belgium and member of the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry (CSC) of Ghent University. LCT aims at research excellence and bottom-up innovation in the framework of technological, industrial, and societal challenges.

Vortex reactor technology

The gas-solid vortex reactor in a static geometry (GSVR−SG) or shirt vortex reactor is a disruptive reactor concept that makes use of a rotating bed.  The unique attributes of the vortex reactor allow it to significantly improve certain processes that suffer from convective heat or mass transfer limitations between phases.  Other advantages may arise from the ability to work with different fluidization agents such as steam or hydrogen.  The high centrifugal acceleration (greater than 30 g’s) generates much higher slip velocities and more intense heat and mass transfer between phases.

Since the GSVR−SG technology is relatively new, the state of the art is still at the level of cold flow assessment analyses, experimentation and modeling, with valuable experimental studies carried out for different applications. 
The LCT has been working on further developing the reactive vortex reactor technology and has absolute freedom to operate.