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.



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


Second European Research Council Proof of Concept (ERC-PoC) grant for prof. Joris Thybaut

With SERENiTi, a second Proof of Concept (PoC) grant has been awarded to prof. Joris Thybaut by the European Research Council (ERC)

After the support via his first PoC grant ELR1K, which allowed guaranteeing the user-friendliness of the microkinetic engine tool, the challenge now is to ensure the robustness of the engine. This will be achieved via the implementation of transient solution strategies as part of SERENiTi. This software package, specifically designed for microkinetic model construction, fits within the Consolidator Grant i-CaD, which still runs till June 2019.


LCT publication in Angewandte Chemie, Int. Edition on alloyed metal nanocatalysts

Metal nanoparticle catalysts play an important role in widespread applications, such as car exhaust converters and fuel cells, and provide a platform for the selective transformation of chemical building units in industry. During the past decades, the perception on metal catalysts has drastically evolved from static bodies to dynamically changing nanomaterials, which evolve from birth to death, almost like living organisms.

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.
19-12-2017 LCT – team returns from two synchrotron campaigns
23-11-2017 Back cover in Polymer Chemistry for Dries Devlaminck