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UGENT / Universiteit Gent, Laboratory for Chemical Technology

Ghent University offers high-quality, research-based education in all academic disciplines. The mission of open and democratic education is realized by the availability of social facilities and professional guidance concerning the study career. With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centres and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines. Ghent University invests an annual amount of more than 175 million Euros in research projects on behalf of public and private partners.


Description of the department contributing to the execution of the project

The Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) is a unit within the Department of Chemical Engineering (IR12), Faculty of Engineering, of Ghent University. Chemical reaction engineering and heterogeneous catalysis in general and, in particular, the kinetics of chemical reactions are major axes of the research in this Laboratory.


Role of UGENT in the OCMOL project

UGENT will be in charge of the coordination of the project.
Besides, UGENT will develop a micro-kinetic model of methane oxidative coupling. In order for the micro-kinetic model to be applicable on a library of catalysts rather than a single catalyst, UGENT will implement catalyst descriptors in the model. UGENT will be involved in the characterisation of the catalysts. They will work in close collaboration with CSIC on the construction of a microkinetic model for ethylene oligomerization. Modelling efforts will also be spent on the conversion of oxygenates to liquids. Apart from all modelling work, also intrinsic kinetics measurements will be performed for methane oxidative coupling and ethylene oligomerization.



Prof. Guy B. Marin is chair of the department "Chemical engineering and technical chemistry" at Ghent University (Belgium). He took a position of full professor in 1988 at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands). In 1997, he returned to Ghent as Director of the Laboratory of Chemical Technology. Chemical reaction engineering and catalysis in general and reaction kinetics in particular are the main leads in his research program. He is editor-in-chief of "Advances in Chemical Engineering" and co-editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal. He co-authored more than 250 papers in international journals. 


People involved :

Pr. Guy B. Marin (1954)

is chair of the department “Chemical engineering and technical chemistry” at Ghent University (Belgium). He received his degree from Ghent University in 1976 where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1980. After a post-doctoral stay in 1981 at Catalytica Associates and Stanford University he obtained tenure at Ghent University in 1986. He took a position of full professor in 1988 at Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) where he taught chemical reactors. In 1997 he returned to Ghent as director of the Laboratory for Chemical Technology. Chemical reaction engineering and catalysis in general and reaction kinetics in particular are the main leads in his research program. He co-authored more than 300 papers in international journals. He is editor-in-chief of “Advances in Chemical Engineering” , co-editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal and member of the editorial board of “Applied Catalysis A: General”. He directs the Flemish research program “ Multiscale Modeling and Design of Reactions and Reactors (M2dcR2)”, the European Research Council (ERC) project “Multiscale Analysis and Design for Process Intensification and Innovation (MADPII)” and coordinates the European Integrated Research Project “Oxidative Coupling of Methane followed by Oligomerization (OCMOL)”. He is a member of several Scientific Committees advising companies and governmental organizations. He wrote a book “Kinetics of Chemical Reactions : Decoding Complexity” with G. Yablonsky (Wiley-VCH, 2011).

Present position : Professor in chemical engineering at Ghent University
Address : Ghent University, Laboratory for Chemical Technology ( LCT) Krijgslaan 281 S5, B-9000 Gent Tel.: +32 (0)9 264 45 17 GSM: +32 (0)475 839 111 Fax: +32 (0)9 264 49 99 E-mail:
1997-present : Full professor in Chemical Engineering Director of the Laboratory for Chemical Technology ( LCT), Ghent University
1988-1997 : Full professor in Chemical Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology
1986 - 1988 : First assistant at the Laboratorium voor Petrochemische Techniek, Ghent University
1985 - 1988 : Lecturer in Applied Heterogeneous Catalysis, Ghent University
1981 - 1985 : Assistant at the Laboratorium voor Petrochemische Techniek, Ghent University
1980 - 1981 : Research Fellow at Catalytica Associates (Santa Clara, California)
1976 - 1980 : Ph.D. research on the catalytic reforming of hydrocarbons on Pt/Al2O3
1981 : Post-doctoral Student, Stanford University, Prof. M. Boudart
1980 : Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, “Rijksuniversiteit Gent”, advisor Prof. G.F. Froment
1976 : “Burgerlijk Scheikundig Ingenieur” (Master in Chemical Engineering) “Rijksuniversiteit Gent”, magna cum laude

Research : Domain : Chemical reaction engineering.
Advisor of PhD theses : 52
Publications in international journals : 348
Contribution to international congresses : 309
Citations Index Web of Science : 3547 (excl. self-citations; h-index = 31)
Editorship of special issues : 25
Projects with budget higher than € 250.000 : 37 of which 9 EC and 9 with companies

Pr. Joris W. Thybaut (1975, Ghent Belgium)

is associate professor in catalytic reaction engineering at the Laboratory for Chemical Technology at Ghent University, since October 2010. He obtained his master's degree in chemical engineering in 1998 at the same university, where he continued for a PhD on single-event microkinetic (SEMK) modeling of hydrocracking and hydrogenation. After obtaining his doctoral degree in 2002 he extended his research area to other important processes such as catalytic cracking, hydrotreating, methane oxidative coupling and Fischer Tropsch synthesis, with SEMK as the common point of interest. In 2003 he went to the 'Institut des Recherches sur la Catalyse' in Lyon, France, for a postdoc on high throughput experimentation, before being appointed as assistant professor in 2005 at Ghent University.
More recently, the detailed understanding that is typically acquired by fundamental kinetic modeling is exploited to enhance existing catalysts as well as to design innovative catalytic materials. A group consisting of about 10 junior researchers, headed by prof. Thybaut, actively investigates a variety of large scale industrial reactions. Research projects range from bilateral contracts with industry up to government funded large scale integrated projects. Results are presented at the most important congresses in the field as well as in the most relevant A1 journals. It has lead to an international recognition as evidenced by key-note lectures, invited encyclopedia contributions, scientific council membership, etc.

Dr. Vaios Alexiadis

was born on January 9, 1981, in Thessaloniki, Greece. He got his Diploma in Chemical Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2004. In 2005 he joined the Laboratory of Chemical Technology and Applied Physical Chemistry at Patras University, Greece. There, he received his M.Sc. in Materials Science & Technology; he also carried out his Ph.D. research on the optimization of carbon nanotubes production via the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method by synthesizing and testing various catalysts. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Patras University in 2009. After his obligatory military service in the Greek army in 2010, he joined the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as a scientific collaborator  in the INTERVALUE project of South East Europe for the valorization of R&D results of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since March 2012, he has been working in the Laboratory for Chemical Technology at Ghent University as a post-doctoral researcher. His research focuses on the experimental investigation and microkinetic modelling of the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM).


Mr. Kenneth Toch

was born the 4th of October 1985. In 2007 he obtained a master degree in industrial sciences: chemistry at KaHo Sint-Lieven. Thereafter, he got a master degree in engineering science: chemical technology at Ghent University in 2009. From August 2009 on, he joined the Laboratory of Chemical Technology at Ghent University and started a PhD research within the OCMOL project (7th Framework Programme, GA n°228953, on the Experimental Investigation and MicroKinetic Modelling of Ethylene Oligomerization. From September 2010 he took the position of assistant at the laboratory, adding academic related activities to his pursuits, i.e. coaching master thesis students, and assisting a course related to chemometrics and kinetic modelling and simulation, and a cross course project for 3rd bachelor students with topics on several petrochemical processes, e.g.  hydrocracking, ethylene oligomerization, biodiesel production, glycerol valorization ...