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.

Dagmar R. D'hooge

+32 (0)9 331 17 72
Technologiepark 125

Dagmar Rafael D’hooge (°1983;  associate professor) emphasizes on the design of polymerization and polymer processing techniques. The functional material design and process intensification is performed up to industrial scale, using advanced in-house developed multi-scale modeling tools in combination with experimental validation. He uniquely performs research in chemical engineering, materials science, polymer science, and mechanics/rheology. 

He was a postdoctoral researcher in the Matyjaszewski Macromolecular Engineering Group (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA) in 2011 and in the Macromolecular Architectures Research Team (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany) in 2013. He is also a former postdoctoral researcher of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen). Since 2017, he is a visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University (Materials Engineering). He is a member of the subcommittee on “Modeling of Polymerization Kinetics and Processes” of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and has been involved in the introduction of new sustainable products through valorization. In 2015, he was an ERC Starting Grant runner-up.

He is currently coauthor of over 160 peer-reviewed full length research articles, including dissemination in e.g. Nature Materials; Nature Communications; Advanced Functional Materials; Chemical Engineering Journal; Polymer Chemistry; and Macromolecules, 6 book chapters, 1 book (and one more in preparation as leading author), 1 book as first editor, and 3 granted patents.

He teaches polymer engineering courses at the Faculty, covering e.g. polymer reaction engineering, technology, physics and processing.

He is an editorial Board member of Scientific Reports (Nature publishing group) and Polymers, and an advisory Board member of Polymer Chemistry.

He is a co-founder of the spin-off Polinivo, supporting chemical and life sciences industry with expert consultancy services, and advanced synthesis & design tools. Current activities deal with design and support for polymer synthesis, modification and recycling.

He is the co-fouder of a second spin-off MakinH, focusing on sustainable product and material design. 

He is the current elected Department Chair (Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering) hosting > 300 employees.