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.


Typical activities during a 4 year PhD project

  • Experimental acquisition of intrinsic reaction rate data.
  • Model construction based on reaction mechanisms and estimation of kinetic parameters by data regression and/or quantum chemical calculations.
  • Scale-up of lab data and simulation of industrial processes by developing and implementing reactor models accounting for transport next to reaction. Development and application of Computational Fluid Dynamics models in that context.
  • Normal duties will apply, including the preparation of scientific reports and publications and assisting in supervising of MSc students.


Applicants must possess a MSc in Chemical Engineering or related subject and a TOEFL certificate with a minimum score of 95(iBT) or equivalent. Relevant experience in the area of reactor engineering, kinetics, and/or computational chemistry is strongly recommended. Candidates must have a strong mathematical background and be willing to focus on obtaining quantitative rather than qualitative results. Excellent candidates with a PhD in the above domains and willing to spend between 1 and 3 years at LCT can also apply for a postdoctoral fellowship.


Any additional information can be obtained by contacting Mark Saeys. Any application should enclose a C.V., a one page justification of your interest and the e-mail addresses of at least two references.  Unsolicited applications are always welcome.