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.

Research Themes

LCT’s research supports society to address pressing challenges of our time.

This is achieved in several ways:

  • Providing the means for a transition from fossil to renewable feedstocks.
  • Developing innovative chemical technologies such as controlled radical polymerization and vortex reactor technology.
  • Introducing guidelines for new functional materials, in particular catalysts and polymers.
  • Licensing of unique computer codes, allowing advanced process design.

LCT conducts both fundamental and applied research in the field of chemical engineering. The challenge for chemical engineers is to bridge the gap between molecule and industrial plant. LCT is one of the few research centers in the world that covers the entire spectrum of competences that are needed to successfully connect molecular research to industrial chemical processes. A common feature of the research projects is the development of multi-scale models for the design of chemical products and processes.

Our research is based around six themes: