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.



Coupled matrix-based Monte Carlo to unravel complex polymerization kinetics

The strength of coupled matrix-based Monte Carlo to support the fundamental understanding of complex polymerization kinetics is highlighted in a cover article in React. Chem. Eng. The Monte Carlo platform has been developed at LCT. Benchmarking of this platform has been done in collaboration with PeLab at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The involved LCT coauthors are Freddy L. Figueira, Paul H.M. Van Steenberge and Dagmar R. D’hooge.


Molecular insight in the rate-enhancing effect of water and silanols in amine catalyzed aldol reaction

First principles kinetics in liquid phase explain how the presence of water can increase catalyst activity by promoting proton transfers and preventing deactivation, and how a bifunctional catalyst with isolated silanol groups adjactent to the grafted amine active sites have a similar effect. These findings improve the production of iquid fuels from lignocellulosic biomass, which can contribute to the conversion to renewable energy sources.
More information can be found on https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.127070 .


Cover article for Onur Dogu and co-authors in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

The article "Distribution Changes during Thermal Degradation of Poly(styrene peroxide) by Pairing Tree-Based Kinetic Monte Carlo and Artificial Intelligence Tools", published in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research by LCT researchers Onur Dogu, Pieter P. Plehiers, Ruben Van de Vijver, Dagmar D’hooge, Paul Van Steenberge and Kevin M. Van Geem has provided the cover of Volume 60, Issue 8.


18-03-2021 Cover article for Laurien Vandewalle, Guy Marin and Kevin Van Geem in Energy & Fuels
18-03-2021 Integrated CO2 capture and conversion via calcium-looping
17-11-2020 Cover article on polymer die swell design in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering
26-10-2020 Chem. Eng. J. contribution on wavelength dependent kinetics for reversible material design
29-09-2020 Cover article for Kyann De Smit in React. Chem. Eng. regarding chemical recycling kinetics of poly(acrylics)
09-09-2020 Kevin Van Geem has received an “Excellence in Review” award from I&EC Research.
04-09-2020 IP2E course
13-07-2020 Energy & Environmental Science publication on minimization of CO2 emissions from the steel industry with electricity: a quantitative assessment
30-06-2020 Yi Ouyang is awarded FWO postdoc fellowship
24-05-2020 Carbon resistant B-doped Pt catalyst for propane dehydrogenation