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 ACS Catalysis

Using coverage-dependent first principles microkinetics, we show that surface hydroxyl groups and adsorbed water molecules facilitate the hydrogenation of ketones via fast proton transfer. The rate-determining step shifts from hydrogenation of the oxygen atom to regeneration of the hydroxyl groups. The use of a coverage-dependent kinetic description is of vital importance to correctly predict the dominant reaction path as well as more accurately predict catalyst activity.


Kevin Van Geem receives ERC Consolidator Grant

The ERC recently published the results of the ERC Consolidator Grant call of 2018. Kevin Van Geem receives about 2 million euro to strive for a breakthrough which will be very important to both science and society. Driven by process intensification and in combination with the enormous power of high performance computing (HPC) his ERC project OPTIMA will take full advantage of 3D printing and the enormous power of supercomputers to enhance heat and mass transfer in advanced chemical reactors by using multiscale modelling and experimentation starting from renewable feedstocks.

07-11-2018 Cover article in Advanced Functional Materials on polymer network design
30-10-2018 MMAtwo: Innovation for recycling of PMMA waste
13-09-2018 Second European Research Council Proof of Concept (ERC-PoC) grant for prof. Joris Thybaut
13-09-2018 LCT publication in Angewandte Chemie, Int. Edition on alloyed metal nanocatalysts
13-09-2018 Prof. Van Geem honored with Excellence in Review Award
13-06-2018 EFCATS Young Generation Catalysis Challenge
15-05-2018 Dr. César A. Urbina-Blanco Named 2018 CAS SciFinder® Future Leader. Annual program assembles international field of up-and-coming researchers shaping the future of scientific information and innovation
09-05-2018 Innovative Strategy to Convert Biomethane and Carbon Dioxide
11-04-2018 TechBoost! to 6th edition: from molecule to process and product
24-03-2018 Publication by Nils De Rybel in Best of Macromolecular Journals 2018