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.

Freddy Figueira de Barros

+32 931 17 71
Technologiepark 125
Model-based design of polymer production and recycling processes.

Freddy earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Universidad Simón Bolivar (USB) in Venezuela in 2000 and 2005, respectively. Following his master’s, he served as a professor in the Thermodynamics and Transport Phenomena Department at USB. His research there focused on the development of cubic equations of state for pure fluids and multicomponent mixtures, leading to the publication of six scientific articles in A1 journals. In July 2019, Freddy joined the Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) at Ghent University to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, guided by Prof. Dagmar D’hooge and Prof. Paul Van Steenberge. His Ph.D. work centered on developing microscale models to evaluate the interaction between chemistry and mass transport in polymer synthesis through free radical polymerization and free radical induced grafting. This research contributed to the publication of 12 articles in A1 journals. Freddy successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, “Deterministic and Stochastic Model-Based Design for Free Radical Polymerization and Induced Grafting of Styrene,” in July 2023. He currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at LCT, focusing on the development of stochastic and deterministic models for the design of polymer production and recycling processes.