– 1975, Bachelor in Science, University of Antwerp (RUCA)
– 1977, Master in Science: Chemistry, University of Antwerp (UIA)
– 1981, Doctoral Degree in Science: Physical Chemistry, University of Antwerp (UIA)
– 1981-present, Different Specializing Courses on Polymers, Rheology, Neutron Scattering, Colloid Chemistry, Patents, Microencapsulation
– 1977-1981, PhD fellow, University of Antwerp (UIA)
– 1981-2000, R&D Manager Electrophotographic Materials, Agfa-Gevaert n.v.
– 2000-2002, Program Manager Advanced Technology, Xeikon International n.v.
– 2002-2013, Professor & Research Leader, Karel de Grote University College (KdG)
– 2013-present , Professor & Research Leader, University of Antwerp
Predoctoral and doctoral research period: fundamental research on inverted micellar systems. USI-research award master thesis work (1977). PhD thesis magna cum laude (1981).
Professional period at Agfa-Gevaert and Xeikon International. Co-start-up of electrophtographic imaging research: design, development up to production of related liquid and dry toner materials. International patents (50). Important milestones: Introduction of (b/w) P400 laser printer and the (full color) Chromapress/DCP large format industrial led printers. A dedicated production unit was co-conceived and co-started-up at Heultje. Activities lead to the still existing Xeikon operations (Lier).
Academic period 2004-present Start-up of research at the former Karel de Grote University College of Industrial Engineering. Oleochemical research. This research has since expanded to research on valorization of industrial and agricultural sidestreams.
Milestones: 2 successful doctoral trajectories realized. 3 doctoral (1 Baekeland) trajectories underway. Upon transition to UAntwerpen, merge of different KdG research activities into the multidisciplinary BioGEM group, comprising: water technology, industrial biotechnology and green chemistry/materials. Extensive external industrial and scientific network.
Numerous projects acquired and successfully realized and/or underway of different types: HOBU, TETRA, O&O project, FISCH-ICON projects, European projects and bilateral projects with industry. 2 patents and 1 IDepot: innovative harvester for microalgae; new green monomers; pharma feeding device. Two related POC-projects (UAntwerpen IOF-funding) aiming valorization of corresponding research active.
Faculty of Applied Engineering: Bio GEM
Bio+Chemical Green Engineering & Materials
BioGEM is one of the six research groups in the faculty of Applied Engineering at the University of Antwerp. Its research is situated in three distinctive domains, and their synergies (1) Water Technology, (2) Industrial Biotechnology and (3) Green Chemistry & New Eco-efficient Materials.
Human population growth, the increased use of natural resources and environmental contamination… these enormous challenges are compromising future access to fresh water and fossil fuels. Clearly, our society needs to shift towards a more sustainable economy based on resource recovery, bio-based processes and green chemistry. The research group BioGEM shapes and applies (bio)chemical engineering technology to develop solutions for industry and wants to support industrial stakeholders/partners in the implementation and optimization of novel processes.
The research of the BioGEM group is directed towards sustainable solutions with a strong focus on industrial application. Research is situated in 3 distinctive domains, and their synergies:
1. Water Technology
2. Industrial Biotechnology
3. Green Chemistry & New Eco-efficient Materials
The mission statement stresses the importance of industrial application as the main aspect of the identity of the research group: (i) working in close collaboration with industry, (ii) using real samples as much as possible, (iii) doing experiments under realistic circumstances and on a relevant scale (e.g. pilot).
Within the ImPrOVE project, especially the domain of Green Chemistry (supervised by Serge Tavernier & Pieter Billen) is involved together with the domain of Industrial Biotechnology (supervised by Iris Cornet & Marc Wijnants).