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.

Max Bols

+32 (0) 9 331 17 15
Technologiepark 125
Molecular level understanding and design of catalysts for small molecule activation, including CO2 and small hydrocarbons.

Max L. Bols holds M.S. degrees in bioscience engineering, advanced economics, and business & administration from KU Leuven. He obtained his Ph.D. in bio-science engineering in 2019 under the guidance of professors Robert Schoonheydt and Bert Sels. In collaboration with the lab of professor Edward Solomon and Benjamin Snyder at Stanford university, he performed research that unraveled the synthesis and structure of copper and iron active sites and their reactive oxygen species in zeolites. He continued this research with an FWO postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of professors Bert Sels, Edward Solomon and Kristine Pierloot looking into the kinetics and reaction mechanisms of iron and copper zeolite catalyzed small molecule activation. From there he moved to a position at Umicore R&D to work on various environmental technologies with a focus on CO2 capture in metallurgy. He joined the LCT as a postdoctoral researcher with professor Mark Saeys in March 2023, working on catalysts for CO2 reactions.