STEN research group


















Prof. Jo DewulfJo Dewulf

Research areas: Environmental (bio) technology, Life cycle analysis, Recycling

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 49



Lieselot BooneLieselot Boone

Research areas: Ecosystem services, Soil quality, LCA method development, Agriculture, Food

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 18



Sue Ellen TaelmanSue Ellen Taelman

Research areas: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), Marine activities, Bio-based economy, Material flow analysis,

Circular Economy, Waste management

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 58 71



Gwenny ThomassenGwenny Thomassen

Research areas: Bio-based economy, Circular Economy, Sustainability assessments

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 54



Sophie HuysveldSophie Huysveld

Research areas: LCA method development, Plastics, Packaging, Eco-design, Circular economy

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 54 



Thuy Trang NhuThuy Trang Nhu

Research areas: Material flow analysis, Food, Aquaculture, Agriculture, Packaging

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 48 


Erasmo CadenaErasmo Cadena

Research areas: Sustainability assessments, bio-based economy, waste management, aquaculture

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 58 71





Pieter NachtergaelePieter Nachtergaele

Research topic: Optimization of renewables-based processes from variable feedstocks via process modelling

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 18



María Fernanda Godoy LeónMaría Fernanda Godoy León

Research topic: Modellling of material, energy and exergy exchanges within the technosphere for the development of circularity indicators

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 99 24




Lisa Van WilderLisa Van Wilder

Research topic: integration of sustainability assessment with health benefits

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 54 




Yblin Roman

Yblin Roman

Research topic: Social life cycle assessment of innovative biobased technologies




Ligia da Silva LimaLigia da Silva Lima

Research topic: Critical raw materials and their role in the sustainable development and energy transition

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 99 28




Jordy MotteJordy Motte

Research topic: Sustainability assessment of the alternative production of C3-chemicals from methane sources such as biogas and stranded gas

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 99 28




Margot Cooreman-AlgoedMargot Cooreman-Algoed

Research topic: Environmental assessment of the food sector in relation to consumers

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 62 43/ +32 (0)9 264 99 27


PhD Students

Martin SkeltonMartin Skelton

Research topic: Waste plastic treatment methods including chemical recycling, looking at resource and exergy efficiencies, implications for the possibility of circular process chains, and selection criteria for optimal treatment of various waste streams

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 99 27



Amelie VerlindenAmelie Verlinden

Research topic: Development of a holistic tool for technologies at the API/DP interface from a sustainability perspective

Tel:+32 (0)9 264 59 18



Kobe VulstekeKobe Vulsteke

Research topic: Exergy, circular economy, sustainability assessments

Tel:+32 (0)9 264 99 27



Laura Vittoria De Luca PenaLaura Vittoria De Luca Pena

Research topic: Development of a holistic sustainability assessment model for anthropogenic

activities in the marine environment

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 98



María Ignacia Rodríguez Escobar  María Ignacia Rodríguez Escobar

Research topic: Environmental impact assessment, public acceptance, consumer behavior, perception 

and intention of cultured meat

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 99 24




Isadora Corrêa HackenhaarIsadora Corrêa Hackenhaar

Research topic: Advancing the integration of product circularity and raw material criticality indicators

and methods to assess product sustainability footprint

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 98




Estefanía Sanabria GarcíaEstefanía Sanabria García

Research topic: Prospective sustainability assessment of circular plastic value chains for high-quality applications

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 99 27



Anna-Sophie HaslingerAnna-Sophie Haslinger

Research topic: Life cycle sustainability assessment of circular food packaging

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 99 27



Célestin DemuytereCélestin Demuytere

Research topic: Circular transition of offshore windmill materials

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 18




Naomi MuindiNaomi Muindi

Research topic: sustainability and circular economy performance of digital health devices

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 18




Claire DénosClaire Dénos

Research topic: sustainability impacts of the transition from the current diet to healthy and sustainable diets in Belgium

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 18





Justine MastJustine Mast

Research topic: Assess technology supply chain criticality for a renewable energy provider for the medium and long term

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 18



Robin DaenenRobin Daenen

Research topic: Life cycle assessment and ecosystem services assessment of microbial biostimulant application

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 18



Cristian Pérez Hernández Cristian Pérez HernándezCristian Pérez Hernández

Research topic: Advancing environmental sustainability and circularity assessment for industrial bio-based systems

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 18 




Duc Anh Luong

Research topic: Integration of linear inverse model and food wen modelling into life cycle assessment of fish production

Affiliated PhD Students

Minh Tu NguyenMinh Tu Nguyen

Research topic: Understanding the interaction between nutrient flows and aquatic polyculture management systems


Administrative & Technical Staff

Lena De Cock

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 50


Els Van Hende

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 62 37


Patrick De Wispelaere

Tel: +32 (0)9 264 59 99


Former Staff members and PhD dissertations

Hina Habib

Research topic: Secondary raw materials from the Urban Mine: Understanding E-waste contribution to environmental sustainability


Ozan Kocak

Research topic: Sustainability assessment of innovative technologies

Bilge Bas

Research topic: life cycle assessment of marine activities and sustainable marine ecosystem services


Natalia Andrea Cano Londono

Research topic: life cycle sustainability assessment, product circularity


Jordy Motte

Dissertation: Evaluation of wasted and widely available methane sources into C3 chemicals: environmental sustainability assessment

Ligia da Silva Lima

Dissertation: Assessment of social and environmental impacts of the supply of contemporary and emerging critical raw materials for batteries

Maíra Caetano de Andrade

Research topic: Prospective life cycle assessment of technological solutions to reduce fossil dependence in the chemical sector

Astrid Buchmayr

Dissertation: Development and application of a holistic sustainability assessment of energy technologies

Michel Xocaira Paes

Research topic: life cycle assessment, circular economy, waste management, cities and climate change


Nils Préat

Research topic: Environmental sustainability of marine biomass


Ajinkya Powar

Research topic: life cycle assessment of novel and modular chemo-enzymatic processes


Kerstin Kleinhans

Research topic: Searching for replicable strategies and solutions that are able to increase plastic recycling rates in urban environments from 20-30% to over 50% by unlocking the use of 'lost plastics' as secondary resources

Gustavo Longaray Moraga

Research topic: Circularity indicators for products and materials

Rodrigo Alvarenga

Research areas: LCA method development, Bio-based economy, Raw materials


Philipp Kehrein

Research topic: Sustainable urban water management: Wastewater resource recovery, value creation, process design

David Sanjuan Delmas

Research areas: LCA method development, Circular economy, Waste management, Aquaculture

Didem Civancik Uslu

Research areas: LCA method development, Plastics, Packaging, Eco-design, Circular economy

María Fernanda Godoy León

Dissertation: Societal metabolism of cobalt in the EU

Pieter Nachtergaele

Dissertation: Converting a challenge into an opportunity: optimization of fatty acid production from variable feedstocks via process modelling (2021)

Gustavo Longaray Moraga

Dissertation: Development of circular economy indicators starting from the in-use occupation of materials (2021)

Nils Préat

Dissertation: Development of environmental impact assessment methods for marine sourced products (2021)

Lieselot Boone 

Dissertation: Quantification of agricultural productivity in environmental sustainability assessments: methodological developments (2019)

Gabriela Rentería Gámiz 

Dissertation: Expanding the knowledge of environmental sustainability in the biopharmaceutical industry: from manufacturing technologies to supply chain (2019)

Sophie Sfez

Dissertation: Resource efficiency evaluation of the introduction of resource recovery technologies in the bio-based economy (2018)

Phuong Ha Tran

Dissertation: The fate of e-waste in Vietnam: environmental evaluation of the current situation and the way forward (2018)

Sam Debaveye

Dissertation: The patient benefit and environmental burden of pharmaceutical treatments: a comprehensive assessment of Human Health (2018)

Maarten Christis

Dissertation: Macroscopic assessment of material flows in Flanders based on input-output tables (2018)

Thuy Trang Nhu

Dissertation: Environmental sustainability assessment of fish products from aquaculture in Vietnam: a focus on Pangasius hypophthalmus (2017)

Wouter De Soete

Dissertation: Advancing environmental sustainability assessment in the pharmaceutical industry (2016)

Sofie Huysman

Dissertation: Analysis and development of indicators for a sustainable use of natural resources in a life cycle perspective (2016)

Sophie Huysveld

Dissertation: Exergy-based natural resource accounting in sustainability assessment of agricultural production systems (2016)

Sue Ellen Taelman

Dissertation: Environmental sustainability assessment of algae production systems: methodological development and case studies (2016)

Xander Van Doorslaer

Dissertation: Advanced oxidation of fluoroquinolone antibiotics in water by heterogeneous photocatalysis (2014)

Ernesto Luis Barrera Cardoso

Dissertation: Anaerobic digestion of a very high strength and sulfate-rich vinasse: from experiments to modeling and sustainability (2014)

Thomas Schaubroeck

Dissertation: Including man-nature relationships in environmental sustainability assessment of forest-based production systems (2014)

Pilar Swart

Dissertation: Resource sustainability assessment of the use of non-ferrous metals in advanced materials applications (2013)

Rodrigo Freitas de Alvarenga

Dissertation: Environmental sustainability of biobased products: new assessment methods and case studies (2013)

Steven De Meester

Dissertation: Life cycle assessment in biorefineries: case studies and methodological development (2013)

Olga Pokorska

Dissertation: Biogenic volatile organic compound analysis from selected European deciduous and coniferous tree species: composition and emission rate (2012)

Yannay Casas Ledon

Dissertation: Introduction of advanced technology (solide oxide fuel cell) in the sugarcane industry: technical and sustainability analysis (2012)

Eva Joo

Dissertation: Characterization of stress induced changes in Biogenic Volatile Organic Compound (BVOC) emissions from Fagus sylvatica and Pseudotsuga menziesii (2011)

Charles Kyuti Nzila

Dissertation: Potential of biogas production from biowaste in Kenya and its contribution to environmental sustainability (2011)

Bavo De Witte

Dissertation: Advanced oxidation of quinolone antibiotics in water by ozone and the peroxone process (2010)

Geert Van der Vorst

Dissertation: Development of a tool for the environmental evaluation of the resource and energy consumption in the pharmaceutical industry at the process, plant and system level (2010)

Wouter Van Hecke

Dissertation: Development of a gas/liquid membrane contactor for oxygen delivery in enzymatic conversions (2009)