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.



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.


Cover article in Advanced Functional Materials on polymer network design

Covering materials science and chemical technology skills a novel silica nanofibrous membrane has been produced by direct electrospinning. The chemical structure of the silica network is designed in view of hydrophilicity control and water repellency, enabling applications that make use of hydrophobic and hydrophilic membranes, including fast gravity‐driven membrane separation of heterogeneous azeotropes


MMAtwo: Innovation for recycling of PMMA waste

The MMAtwo project, coordinated by the Dutch company Heathland supported by a 6.6 M€’s funding from the European Union Horizon2020 Research and Innovation programme, started on October 1st 2018 for a 4 years duration. MMAtwo collaborative consortium gathers 13 partners from 6 different countries and develops a new and innovative process to recycle post-Industrial and end-of-life PMMA waste into Second Generation MethylMethAcrylate (MMA) raw material.

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
23-01-2018 Flemish knowledge institutions join forces for research on Carbon Capture and Utilization: approval of CATCO2RE and CO2PERATE projects
23-01-2018 Prof. Kevin Van Geem named Associate Editor for the Proceedings of The Combustion Institute.