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.



Nature Communication contribution regarding polymer design for polymer therapeutics and hydrogels

In a collaboration with the Supramolecular Chemistry group at Ghent University it has been demonstrated in Nature Communications (SCI-IF 2018: 11.88) that combining experimental and modeling techniques allows to visualize the monomer distribution over chains. Upon subsequent design of the chemical structures and reaction conditions highly functional copolymers can be obtained for both low and high target degrees of polymerization.

The title of the work is “Visualization and design of the functional group distribution during statistical copolymerization”


Nature Catalysis publication on the eco-efficient production of amines via catalytic amination of alcohols

Amines are commonly used intermediaries used to make pharmaceuticals, chemicals for the agricultural and food industries, polymers, and dyes. The current standard methods produce a lot of harmful and unusable waste products. Therefore, a direct catalytic method for the of amines from renewable alcohols, with water as only side product, would environmentally be much more beneficial. LCT members Maarten Sabbe and Javier Ibáñez (formerly University of Lille) contributed to the theory-experiment combined development of a selective catalyst for this process.


César Alejandro Urbina Blanco and Ruben Van de Vijver were awarded an FWO postdoc scholarship

Two FWO postdoc scholarships were awarded to LCT researchers.

31-07-2019 Science publication on how the Chemical industry can be electrified
31-07-2019 Cover article in Polymer Chemistry regarding kinetic understanding of acrylate polymerization chemistry up to high temperatures
06-06-2019 Back cover in Polymer Chemistry regarding star synthesis
25-04-2019 New edition of "Kinetics of Chemical Reactions"
08-04-2019 Cover article in ACS Catalysis
18-03-2019 Angewandte Chemie contribution on design of light-based multicomponent polymerization
02-12-2018 Kevin Van Geem receives ERC Consolidator Grant
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