Sustainable Systems Engineering (STEN)

The Research Group Sustainable Systems Engineering (STEN) aims at designing and evaluating systems in a sustainability context, relying on engineering principles.

Products, processes, supply chains, and production and consumption patterns are studied with:

  • a focus on resources, i.e. resource footprint and resource efficiency
  • a lifecycle thinking approach, e.g. operationalized through MFA and LCA
  • thermodynamic principles, relying on the second law: exergy and exergetic life cycle analysis

The research is in close collaboration with national and international universities, research centers, policy makers and industry in areas of the following nature: chemical, pharma, primary raw materials, waste-as-a-resource, agro-bio-food …

Projects are funded by the EU (such as Horizon 2020, KIC EIT), Belgian/Flemish funding schemes (such as VLAIO, FWO, spearhead clusters), Ghent University and international collaboration programs.


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LCM 2023