Centre for Sustainable Chemistry
The challenge for Chemical Engineering science is more than ever to bridge the gap between molecule and chemical plant. Increasing environmental constraints impose a “molecular” control of any, either existing or new, production process. The Laboratory for Chemical Technology is one of the few in the world who can claim to cover the wide spectrum of competences required to be successful in this respect. The research is focused on the design of new and the optimization of existing industrial processes in the field of transport fuels and energy carriers. A common theme of the research projects is the development of multi-scale models of the relevant reactions and reactors with emphasis on the interaction between complex chemical kinetics and complex transport phenomena. A first principles approach is combined with experimental validation whenever possible. When relevant ab initio calculations of rate coefficients are performed. A better understanding of the reaction mechanism is implemented in the kinetic models and is providing guide lines for product, catalyst and process optimization. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) are applied to come up with new reactor designs and filing of patent applications.
Prof. Guy B. Marin
Guy B. Marin is professor in Chemical Reaction Engineering at Ghent University (Belgium) and is member of the Centre for Sustainable Chemistry and the Laboratory for Chemical Technology. The investigation of chemical kinetics, aimed at the modeling and design of chemical processes and products all the way from molecule up to full scale, constitutes the core of his research. He co-authored two books: “Kinetics of Chemical Reactions: Decoding Complexity” with G. Yablonsky (Wiley-VCH, 2011) as well as “Advanced Data Analysis and Modelling in Chemical Engineering”, more than 600 papers in high impact journals and is co-inventor in 3 patents. He is editor-in-chief of “Advances in Chemical Engineering”, co-editor of the “Chemical Engineering Journal” and member of the editorial boards of “Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research”, “Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering” and the “Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering”. He is member of Scientific Advisory Boards in France, Denmark and the Netherlands. He is “Master” of the 111 project of the Chinese Government for oversees collaborations in his field.