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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.

Master Thesis Subjects

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Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

"A combined experimental and kinetic modeling study on oxidation of oxymethylene ethers (OMEs) as carbon-neutral fuel"

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Kevin De Ras

Funding: FWO

"Accelerating steam cracking electrification: unsteady computational fluid dynamics reactor design "

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Mike Bonheure

"Automatic kinetic model generation: a novel modeling approach for liquid-phase processes"

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Kevin De Ras

Funding: FWO

"CFD-DEM investigation of a gas-solid vortex reactor geometry for the Oxidative Coupling of Methane"

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Geraldine J. Heynderickx

Coach(es): Florian Wéry

"Computer-aided molecular reconstruction of renewable building blocks from the reductive catalytic fractionation (RCF) of lignin"

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Ana Bjelić

Coach(es): Lucas Iván Garbarino

Funding: Next-Bioref

"Dehydration of biomass-derived butanediols into green 1,3-butadiene: Single-Event MicroKinetic model construction and process design"

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Jeroen Poissonnier

Coach(es): Pieter Janssens

Funding: Moonshot GREEN-B2B

"Machine learning approach coupled with microkinetic modeling to enhance light olefin production in Fischer Tropsch Synthesis "

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Jeroen Poissonnier

Coach(es): Anoop Chakkingal

Funding: Psyche

"Pulsed laser (co)polymerization experiments and simulations to enhance industrial polymer synthesis"

Supervisor(s): Dagmar R. D'hooge; Yoshi Marien

Coach(es): Mariya Edeleva

"Unraveling the mechanism of methanol synthesis from CO2 hydrogenation over ZnO-Al2O3 based catalysts at high reaction temperatures "

Supervisor(s): Mark Saeys

Coach(es): Zinat Zanganeh; Parviz Yazdani

Funding: C2O MOONSHOT

*Application of machine learning in the design of Co-based CO2 to jetfuel catalysts

Supervisor(s): Mark Saeys

Coach(es): Konstantijn Rommens

Funding: Odysseus

*Building realistic molecular models for CO2 hydrogenation to formate

Supervisor(s): Mark Saeys

Coach(es): Sara Santos

Funding: CO2PERATE

*Effect of zeolite topology in methanol-to-olefins conversion

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Maarten K. Sabbe

Coach(es): Maëli Lissens

*Elementary-kinetics driven catalyst design methodology applied to the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of light olefins at high-temperature conditions

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Jeroen Poissonnier

Coach(es): Pieter Janssens

*Experimental investigation into the effect of CO2 on the Oxidative Conversion of Methane

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Yonggang Cheng

*First principles design of RAFT mediating agents for controlled radical copolymerization

Supervisor(s): Maarten K. Sabbe

Coach(es): Farhan Siddiqui

*Kinetic Monte Carlo modelling of amyloid beta peptide polymerization

Supervisor(s): Mariya Edeleva; Marie-Françoise Reyniers

Coach(es): Mariya Edeleva

*Modelling of sustainable vinyl polymer production

Supervisor(s): Paul Van Steenberge; Mariya Edeleva

Coach(es): Kyann De Smit

*Modelling the effect of catalyst deactivation in fluidized bed reactors

Supervisor(s): René Bos

Coach(es): René Bos

*Optimisation of the polymer support properties of an aminated aldol reaction catalyst

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Bert Biesemans; Nour Aljammal

Funding: extra promotor: Jeroen Lauwaert

*Power-to-olefins: the analysis of unsteady flow behaviour and secondary losses via Computational Fluid Dynamic studies.

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Mike Bonheure

*Pseudo-spectral deconvolution of parallel mass transport phenomena from transient diffusion experiments in porous materials

Supervisor(s): Vladimir V. Galvita

Coach(es): Juan Mirena Seguias

*Pulsed laser (co)polymerization to enhance industrial polymer synthesis

Supervisor(s): Yoshi Marien; Dagmar R. D'hooge

Coach(es): Mariya Edeleva

*Reactor and process modelling of ethylene hydroformylation

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Jeroen Poissonnier

Coach(es): Sébastien Siradze

Funding: C123

*Strength of modelling tools for the design and optimization of surface-initiated radical polymerization processes

Supervisor(s): Paul Van Steenberge; Dagmar R. D'hooge

Coach(es):

*Super-dry reforming for CO2 conversion into CO: a kinetic study

Supervisor(s): Vladimir V. Galvita; Hilde Poelman

Coach(es): Varun Singh

Funding: Moonshot LSI: SDR

*The inhibition impact of aromatic admixture on alkane hydrocracking

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Nebojsa Korica

A combined computational and experimental study on super-dry reforming of methane for CO2 conversion

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Vladimir V. Galvita

Coach(es): Michiel Van Cauwelaert

A kinetic study on CO2 hydrogenation to methanol

Supervisor(s): Mark Saeys

Coach(es): Catarina Martins de Brito Mendes

A novel approach to the design of stable OCM catalysts for Gas-Solid Vortex Reactor (GSVR)

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Hilde Poelman

Coach(es): Parviz Yazdani

Funding: H2020 OPTIMA

A study of the impact of uncertainty prediction methods in active machine learning assisted Design of Experiments for Hydrocracking

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Florence Vermeire; César Pernalete Piña

An interpretable machine learning approach coupled with microkinetic modeling to enhance light olefin production in Fischer Tropsch Synthesis

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Jeroen Poissonnier

Coach(es): Anoop Chakkingal

Analyzing Big Data: MEXAS on Ni-Fe Methane Dry Reforming Catalysts

Supervisor(s): Vladimir V. Galvita; Hilde Poelman

Coach(es): Valentijn De Coster

Building realistic molecular models for CO2 hydrogenation to power molecules

Supervisor(s): Mark Saeys

Coach(es): Sara Santos

Funding: FWO

CFD investigation on the design optimization of the internal configuration in a gas-solid vortex reactor

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Geraldine J. Heynderickx

Coach(es): Yi Ouyang

CO2 assisted Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane: experimental investigation and preliminary kinetic modelling

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Yonggang Cheng

Funding: C123

CO2-assisted propane dehydrogenation: Unravelling the reaction mechanism via transient kinetic techniques

Supervisor(s): Hilde Poelman; Vladimir V. Galvita

Coach(es): Lennert D'ooghe

Coke formation simulation during steam cracking

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Marie-Françoise Reyniers

Coach(es): Jia Zhang

Conformational Data Augmentation for Machine Learning-Based Molecular Property Predictions with Chemical Accuracy

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Maarten K. Sabbe

Coach(es): Maarten Dobbelaere

Funding: FWO

Development of novel CO2 Sorbents for Integrated Capture and Methanation

Supervisor(s): Mark Saeys

Coach(es): Lukas Hiel; Parviz Yazdani

EFFECT OF CATALYST PORE SIZE ON THE CATALYTIC UPGRADING OF POLYPROPYLENE PYROLYSIS VAPOURS

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Robin John Varghese

Coach(es): Oğuzhan Akin

Experimental and kinetic investigation of tetradecene hydroformylation using CO2

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Jeroen Poissonnier

Coach(es): Sébastien Siradze; Maria Herrero Manzano

Experimental and kinetic modelling study of gas-phase pyrolysis of lignin model compounds: p-coumaryl alcohol and coniferyl alcohol

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Liang Li

Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Plastic Waste Thermochemical Recycling in the Vortex Reactor

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Sepehr Madanikashani ; Bahman Goshayeshi

Experimental and theoretical analysis of OCM catalyst deactivation

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Parviz Yazdani; Yonggang Cheng

Funding: H2020PTIMA/H2020C123

Experimental Investigation on Oxidative Coupling of Methane (OCM) in Reactive Gas-Solid Vortex Reactor (RGSVR)

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Sangram Roy

Experimental study of ex-situ catalytic pyrolysis of ground tire rubber (GTR) and devulcanized ground tire rubber (dGTR)

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Mehrdad Seifali Abbas-Abadi

Gas-liquid hydrodynamics and mass transfer in a gas-liquid vortex reactor for CO2 capture

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Geraldine J. Heynderickx

Coach(es): Yi Ouyang; Siyuan Chen

Investigating the effect of furnace material and feedstock composition on coke formation in steam cracking reactions

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Hamed Mohamadzadeh Shirazi

Ionic Liquids as Green Solvents: Machine Learning-Based Prediction of Physical Properties

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Florence Vermeire

Coach(es): Maarten Dobbelaere

Funding: European Commission

Kinetic Modeling of Fast Pyrolysis of Solid Plastic Waste

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Paul Van Steenberge

Coach(es): Onur Dogu

Kinetic modelling of anisole hydrodeoxygenation using NiCu catalysts

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Tom Vandevyvere

Funding: FWO

Kinetic Modelling of the Pyrolysis and Oxidation of Furans

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Florence Vermeire

Kinetics evaluation and large-scale reactor model development for 2,3 butanediol dehydration into 1,3-butadiene

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Jeroen Poissonnier

Coach(es): Beruk Alemu Bekele; Pieter Janssens

Kinetics investigation of methane oxidation over manganese oxide catalysts

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Ana Bjelić

Coach(es): Reza Monjezi

Funding: Cop-cat

Leveraging machine learning potentials for the design of Fe- and Co-based CO2 to jet fuel catalysts

Supervisor(s): Mark Saeys

Coach(es): Konstantijn Rommens

Funding: Odysseus

Life cycle assessment of alternative olefin production technologies using waste derived feedstock

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Oleksii Mynko

Mechanical recycling of plastic films, a correlation between recycled stream composition and recycling quality (processability and performance)

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Kevin M. Van Geem

Funding: H2020 MSCA ITN C-PlaNeT

Model-driven catalyst design for ethanol dehydration into ethylene

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Jeroen Poissonnier; Ana Bjelić

Modelling of degradable vinyl polymer production

Supervisor(s): Paul Van Steenberge; Mariya Edeleva

Coach(es): Kyann De Smit

Plastics waste to light olefins – an experimental and optimization study

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Behzad Parvizi

Coach(es): Marvin Kusenberg

Power-to-olefins: electrification of steam cracking

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Mike Bonheure

Funding: FWO

Pyrolysis of small heteroatomic compounds in steam cracking: a combined modelling and experimental study

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Ruben Van de Vijver

Coach(es): Jeroen Aerssens

Reactor and process modelling of ethylene hydroformylation over a heterogenized catalyst

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Jeroen Poissonnier

Coach(es): Sébastien Siradze

Funding: C123

Selective conversion of CO2 to lower olefins over bifunctional catalysts composed of promoted In2O3/ZrO2 and Zeolites

Supervisor(s): Mark Saeys

Coach(es): Zinat Zanganeh; Parviz Yazdani

Theoretical and modelling study of biomass pyrolysis reactions

Supervisor(s): Ruben Van de Vijver; Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Ruben Van de Vijver

Toward achieving circularity for polycondensation products via combining experiments and simulation

Supervisor(s): Paul Van Steenberge; Mariya Edeleva

Coach(es):

Toward achieving circularity for polycondensation products via combining experiments and simulation

Supervisor(s): Paul Van Steenberge; Mariya Edeleva

Coach(es): Lynn Trossaert

Towards generalized and improved criteria for gas-liquid reactions in the instantaneous regime modeled by non-stagnant interphase mass transfer

Supervisor(s): René Bos ; Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Pieter Janssens; Jeroen Poissonnier

Towards Model-Guided Catalyst Design in Catalytic Pyrolysis of Plastic Waste

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Yannick Ureel

Uncertainty Quantification of Machine Learning Models for Chemical Engineering Systems

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Florence Vermeire

Coach(es): Maarten Dobbelaere

Funding: FWO

Understanding aqueous phase radical polymerization processes through computational chemistry

Supervisor(s): Maarten K. Sabbe; Paul Van Steenberge

Coach(es): Fernando Lugo

Understanding aqueous phase radical polymerization processes through computational chemistry

Supervisor(s): Maarten K. Sabbe; Paul Van Steenberge

Coach(es): Fernando Lugo

Valorisation of the mixed plastic waste stream by using a new concept based on the twin-screw extruder and reactor

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Maja Kuzmanović

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Technology

Plastiek afval naar lichte olefinen – Beoordelen van de prestatie van opgewaardeerde pyrolyse oliën in een bench-scale stoomkraker

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Marvin Kusenberg

*Experimental study for hydroconversion of fossil, plastic and renewables derived hydrocarbons

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut; Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): César Pernalete Piña

A combined experimental and numerical study of gas-solid hydrodynamics in a vortex chamber

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Yi Ouyang; Xiaojun Lang

Design of a separation process for biomass molecules via computational chemistry

Supervisor(s): Maarten K. Sabbe

Coach(es): Fernando Lugo

Experimentele karakterisering van (meth)acrylaatmonomeer reactiviteiten via gepulseerde laser (co)polymerisatie experimenten

Supervisor(s): Paul Van Steenberge; Yoshi Marien

Coach(es): Mariya Edeleva

Experimentele studie naar de gecombineerde effecten van de samenstelling van plastic afval en katalysator type op de selectiviteit voor gekatalyseerde pyrolyse

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Jogchum Oenema; Robin John Varghese

Experimentele studie van cokesvorming tijdens het stoomkraken van oliën afkomstig van plastiek afval

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem; Marie-Françoise Reyniers

Coach(es): Hamed Mohamadzadeh Shirazi

Hydrogen peroxide production kinetics‑

Supervisor(s): Joris W. Thybaut

Coach(es): Beruk Alemu Bekele

Mechanistic study of CO2 Methanation over MgO Promoted Ni-based Catalysts

Supervisor(s): Vladimir V. Galvita; Hilde Poelman

Coach(es): Yufei Xie

Funding: FWO

Van plastic afval tot nieuwe chemische producten: pilootstudie van het stoomkraken van oliën afkomstig van plastiek

Supervisor(s): Kevin M. Van Geem

Coach(es): Behzad Parvizi