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.



Cover article in Macromolecules on the potential of dispersed-phased polymerization

Together with Per Zetterlund (University of New South Wales) a perspective on dispersed phase polymerization has been published in the leading journal Macromolecules (SCI-IF 2017: 5.914). More details can be found at: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01037


Cover article in Reaction Chemistry and Engineering on interplay of chain length and particle size distribution in miniemulsion copolymerization

The kinetic Monte Carlo platform as available at LCT has been utilized to understand minemulsion radical polymerization of styrene and N-vinylcaprolactam in collaboration with Prof. Pich (DWI Aachen & Aachen-Maastricht institute for biobased materials). Focus is on the interplay of the chain length and particle size distribution. Authors for this publication in Reaction Chemistry and Engineering (SCI-IF 2018: 3.935) are Y.M Marien, P.H.M. Van Steenberge, A. Pich, and D.R. D’hooge.


Science contribution regarding automated continuous synthesis of organic compounds

During a collaboration between the LCT and the Chemical Engineering Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, LCT researcher Pieter Plehiers contributed to the software that allowed a robot to semi-autonomously carry out the full process of synthesizing a target chemical – including suggesting a limited number of synthetic routes with a high evaluated likelihood of success and automatically configuring a continuous flow setup, based on the selected synthesis and required unit operations.

19-08-2019 Nature Communication contribution regarding polymer design for polymer therapeutics and hydrogels
07-08-2019 Nature Catalysis publication on the eco-efficient production of amines via catalytic amination of alcohols
31-07-2019 César Alejandro Urbina Blanco and Ruben Van de Vijver were awarded an FWO postdoc scholarship
31-07-2019 Science publication on how the Chemical industry can be electrified
31-07-2019 Cover article in Polymer Chemistry regarding kinetic understanding of acrylate polymerization chemistry up to high temperatures
06-06-2019 Back cover in Polymer Chemistry regarding star synthesis
25-04-2019 New edition of "Kinetics of Chemical Reactions"
08-04-2019 Cover article in ACS Catalysis
18-03-2019 Angewandte Chemie contribution on design of light-based multicomponent polymerization
02-12-2018 Kevin Van Geem receives ERC Consolidator Grant