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.

Paul Van Steenberge

+32 (0)9 331 17 72
Technologiepark 125

Paul Van Steenberge (°1984) focuses his research on multiscale modelling of polymerizations in homogeneous (bulk, solution) and heterogeneous (liquid-liquid dispersions or precipitation, gas-liquid) media, aiming both at collaborations with industry toward scaling up sustainable production or recycling processes as well as collaborations with academia toward novel polymeric materials.

He has co-authored over 57 peer-reviewed full length research articles in top journals (incl. Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Materials, and Nature Communications), 1 book chapter and 60 presentations at international conferences.

He was a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada), developing multiscale models for radical polymerizations in aqueous emulsions in the group of Michael Cunningham (in 2013 and 2014) and in non-aqueous dispersions in the group of Robin Hutchinson (in 2015).

He lectures topics ranging from polymerization reaction engineering to chemical reactor design and HSE management applied to chemical process industry:


  1. Introduction to Polymer Technology
  2. Chemical Reactors: Fundamentals & Applications
  3. Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  4. Process Safety: Reactor Technology, Intrinsic Hazards and Process Safety Hazard Analysis

He is also a co-founder of the spin-off Polinivo, supporting chemical and life sciences industry with expert consultancy services, and advanced synthesis & design tools.