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Ghent University, abbreviated to UGent, was founded in 1817 by King William I of Orange.

The past 200 years, Ghent University employed many eminent scientists such as Nobel Prize winner Corneille Heymans, August Kekulé, Leo Baekeland, Joseph Guislain, Walter Fiers, Marc Van Montagu, Peter Piot,...

You'll also find many prominent persons among our alumni such as Robert Cailliau (co-inventor of the Internet), Dirk Frimout (astronaut), Peter Piot (United Nations) and Jacques Rogge (former Chairman IOC).

Today, Ghent University is one of the major Belgian universities counting over 41,000 students and 9,000 employees.

Our 11 faculties are composed of 117 faculty departments. These departements offer more than 230 high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines, each inspired by innovative research.

Following the spirit of Leo Baekeland, polymer science is still one of the major research directions at Ghent University.

Center of Macromolecular Chemistry (CMaC) and Laboratory for Chemical Technology

  • Polymer synthesis, polymer and surface functionalization
  • Adaptive, responsive and self-healing polymeric materials
  • Giving renewable polymers function(ality)
  • Polymers for biomedical and biophotonic applications
  • Multi-scale modeling and optimization of polymerization processes and polymer processing
 

The polymer teams at the Ugent

Center of Macromolecular Chemistry (CMaC)

The Center of Macromolecular Chemistry of UGent, founded in 2014, gathers three polymer/supramolecular chemistry and material oriented research groups in the Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry (http://www.cmac.ugent.be/).

The Polymer Chemistry Research group focuses on the development of new polymer structures, exploration of novel polymer functionalization methods and the design of polymer materials for specific applications. The three main research themes are: ‘From polymer functionalization to absolute control’, ‘Dynamic and self-healing polymeric materials’ and ‘Giving renewable polymers function(ality)’.

Filip.duprez@ugent.be

The Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Research group focuses on functional polymers for biomedical and biophotonic applications, mainly including biomaterials, biocompatible coatings, scaffolds for tissue engineering and biosensors.

Peter.dubruel@ugent.be

The Supramolecular Chemistry Research group focuses on the development of adaptive and responsive materials inspired by natural self-assembly processes. This research goal is pursued by combining directional supramolecular interactions with well-defined polymeric building blocks and responsive polymer structures resulting in three main research themes: Poly(2-oxazoline)s, responsive polymers and supramolecular materials.

Richard.hoogenboom@ugent.be

Laboratory for Chemical Technology

The research of the Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT; http://www.lct.ugent.be) focuses on the development of multi-scale models of the relevant reactions and reactors for chemical processes, with emphasis on the interaction between complex chemical kinetics and transport phenomena. A first principles approach is combined with experimental validation whenever possible. For polymerization processes, model-guided design is performed for both homogeneous (bulk/solution) and heterogeneous polymerization (e.g. suspension/emulsion), including the synthesis of functional polymeric materials.

Dagmar.Dhooge@ugent.be

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