Launch GREEN-CHEM: towards small footprint solutions

14-09-2017 van 08:30 tot 17:30
Ghent University Aula, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent
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We believe the future of chemistry is green. By using more sustainable, renewable and biodegradable materials, we can create better and safer chemical products and design more efficient and sustainable processes to synthesize them.

Only by building a global collaboration and knowledge sharing model, we can achieve those goals. The faculty of Engineering and Architecture is also a part of this collaboration.

GREEN-CHEM is a global green chemistry network that brings together experts from all over the world. The network aims to create new know-how by enhancing research collaboration between leading international experts from academia and industry. By training students and industry professionals, GREEN-CHEM will improve knowledge sharing. Enhancing general awareness and public interest for important green chemistry issues is a service we owe to society.


Part1: Morning seminar in Ghent University Aula, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Ghent

(short presentations of international speakers and discussions with interactive voting system)

  • 8.30 am: Registration + coffee
  • 9.00 am: Welcome by Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Director Internationalization at UGent (15’)
  • 9.15 am: Introduction of GREEN-CHEM by prof. Chris Stevens (15’)
  • 9.30 am: Public-private partnerships by Dirk Carrez, Executive Director of Bio-based Industries Consortium (15’)
  • 9.45 am: Session I: Biomass production by Toulouse University (Prof. Philippe Evon) + Ovalie Innovation (45’)
  • 10.30 am: Coffee Break (30’)
  • 11.00 am: Session II: Chemical conversion of biomass by Sichuan Univ. (prof. Changwei Hu) (30’)
  • 11.30 am: Session III: Industry collaboration in Green Chem by York University (Prof. James Clark) +  Circa Sustainable Chemicals (dr. Jeff Eaves, CEO) (45’)

Part 2: Visit Port of Ghent (the first 80 people to register can go on the boat tour; everybody will be informed about this one week before the event, when the registration closes)

  • 3:00 pm: Assemble at entrance FBE to start bus ride towards Port of Ghent (FBE, Campus Coupure,  Coupure Links 653, 9000 Ghent)
  • 3.30 pm: Custom boat tour in the port of Ghent along the Flanders Biobased Vally and chemical industry (120’)
  • 5:30 pm: Drive back to FBE.


Please register.