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.



Cover article in Polymer Chemistry

The research groups LCT and SC (Supramolecular Chemistry) have joint forces to understand the correct initiator choice for linear and star polymer systems. The results have been recognized as a cover article in the leading polymer science journal 'Polymer Chemistry".

Full details:
F.A. Arraez, X. Xu, M. Edeleva, P.H.M. Van Steenberge, Y.W. Marien, V.-V. Jerca, R. Hoogenboom, D.R. D’hooge ‘Differences and similarities between mono-, bi- or tetrafunctional initiated cationic ring opening polymerization of 2-oxazolines’ Polym. Chem. 2022 13, 861


Cover article in Nature Materials regarding polymer network design

A computational platform describing the spatial and temporal interactions of monomers during the formation of network polymers provides structure–property relationships that are used to synthesize 3D network polymers with tailored functionalities.

More information can be found at: https://www.nature.com/nmat/volumes/20/issues/10


LCT Synchrotron Team Performs two QXAS Campaign in Times of COVID-19

After braving multiple PCR tests and a pile of additional administrative procedures, the LCT’s synchrotron team has been able to accomplish two weeks of work at the French synchrotron SOLEIL. In both cases, their work was conducted at the ROCK beamline.

06-09-2021 Laurien Vandewalle is awarded an FWO postdoctoral fellowship and a BAEF postdoctoral fellowship to visit Stanford University
06-04-2021 Coupled matrix-based Monte Carlo to unravel complex polymerization kinetics
29-03-2021 Molecular insight in the rate-enhancing effect of water and silanols in amine catalyzed aldol reaction
18-03-2021 Cover article for Onur Dogu and co-authors in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
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.