Prof dr. ir. Christian Stevens

Research topics:

Heterocyclic Synthesis

Microreactor Technology

Chemical modification of Renewable Resources

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Prof dr. ir. Matthias D'hooghe

Research topics:

Heterocyclic chemistry

Synthesis of bioactive compounds

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Prof dr. ir. Sven Mangelinckx

Research topics:

Chemistry of non-proteinogenic amino acids

Chemistry of small-membered azaheterocycles

Isolation, analysis and synthesis of bioactive natural products

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Administrative staff

Ans Van Nieuwenhuyse

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Technical staff

Els Van Hende

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Pieter Zwaenepoel


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Postdoctoral researchers

Dr. ing. Bart Roman

Research topic:

Development of N-Cadherin Antagonists as Antimetastatic Agents

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Dr. ir. Thomas Heugebaert

Research topic:

Development of highly efficient gas/liquid photomicroreactor systems


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Assisting academic personnel

ir. Simon Backx

Research topic:

Synthesis and study of the role of quorum sensing signal molecules in
bacteria-eukaryote systems


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ir. Sari Deketelaere

Research topic:

Employment of functionalized azetidin-2-ones for the synthesis of biologically
relevant C-, N- and spiro-fused beta-lactams

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ir. Stein Mincke

Research topic:

Sustainable chemical modifications of biopolymers


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PhD students & Scientific personnel

ir. Elias Bonneure

Research topic:

Identification and structural-functional validation of diatom pheromones for the
study of sex signaling and life cycle evolution in pennate diatoms 

+32 9 264 5958 Elias Bonneure

ir. Laurens De Coen

Research topic:

Towards an industrial continuous flow platform (ATOM2)


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ir. Maarten Debruyne

Research topic:

New methodologies for the synthesis of functional carbon organic frameworks

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ir. Lena Decuyper

Research topic:

Synthesis and evaluation of new inhibitors of penicillin-binding proteins from
resistant bacteria en route to new antibacterial agents

+32 9 264 5964 Lena Decuyper

ir. Yves Depetter

Research topic:

Design and development of new selective HDAC6 inhibitors with applications in
cancer therapy 

+32 9 264 5860 Yves Depetter

ir. Jonas Everaert

Research topic: 

Synthesis and development of carbon organic frameworks for photochemical 

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Victor Jaoko

Research topic:

Evaluation of Melia Volkensii extracts as a potential biopesticide

against selected insect pests

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ir. Silke Geurs

Research topic:

Synthesis and exploration of HDAC6 inhibitors as anti-inflammatory agents

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ir. Christophe Mangodt

Research topic:

Cancer invasion and metastasis: development of a new assay

and preclinical characterization of an inhibitory mechanism

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ir. Pieter Naert

Research topic:

Production of short-chain fatty acids and isolation from fermentation media


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ir. Melike Pala

Research topic:

Chemical modification of sophorolipids

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ir. Andrei Stanca

Research topic:

Enzymatic esterification of sugars via a continuous flow set-up


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ir. Frederike Stock

Research topic:

Inter-kingdom crosstalk via quorum sensing compounds in diatom-bacteria biofilms


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ir. Atiruj Theppawong

Research topic:

Synthesis and biological assessment of unconventional curcumin analogs in
cancer research

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ir. Reinout Van Kerrebroeck

Research topic:

Halogenation reactions in continuous flow


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ir. Melissa Van Overtveldt

Research topic:

Synthesis of strigolactone and karrikin analogues by gold mediated

+32 9 264 5964 Melissa Van Overtveldt

ir. Flore Vanden Bussche

Research topic:

Synthesis and development of carbon organic frameworks through aromatic

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ir. Tim Van de Walle

Research topic:

Explorations in quinoline chemistry - towards the development of novel 
piperidine-quinoline hybrids with antimalarial activity and nitroxoline analogs
with anti-tumor activity

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ir. Arno Verlee

Research topic:

Alleviating oxidative stress effects via innovative gold catalysis for an improved
biomass production

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Former PhD students & scientific personnel




Dr. ir. Sofie Seghers

Research topic:

Mesoporous silicas and zeolites as heterogeneous catalyst for micro- and
millireactor technology 

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ir. Aleksandra Minic

Research topic:

Design and synthesis of ferrocene-containing quinolines
as potential antimalarial agents

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Dr. ir. Hang Dao Thi

Research topic:

Generation and application of 2-oxoazetidin-4yl anions for the construction
of new, biologically relevant C-, N- and spiro-fused beta-lactams

Hang Dao Thi

Yoshi Mertens

Research topic:

Synthesis and evaluation of pyrabactine analogues

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Dr. ir. Marine Movsisyan

Research topic:

Exploration of continuous flow strategies for the valorisation of renewable

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Dr. ir. Evelien Uitterhaegen

Research topic:

Use of Coriander for industrial applications

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Dr. ir. Jan Berton

Research topic:

Synthesis and reactivity study of aminoallenylphosphonates

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Dr. ir. Rob De Vreese

Research topic:

Synthesis of functionalized hydroxamic acids as novel 
HDAC6 inhibitors

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Dr. ir. Jeroen Dolfen

Research topic:

New entries into valuable azaheterocyclic compounds via selective 
rearrangement of functionalized aziridines and azetidines

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Dr. ir. Nicola Piens

Research topic:

Synthesis of new beta-lactam compounds and assessment of 
their chemical reactivity and biological applications

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Dr. ir. Ewout Ruysbergh

Research topic:

Study of fatty acid modifications and metabolism on the activity of
quorum sensing molecules and lipopeptides produced by Pseudomonas spp 

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Dr. ir. Sigrid Verhasselt

Research topic:

Development of small-molecule inhibitors of nonmuscle myosin II as
chemical tools and antimetastatic therapeutics 

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Ir. Geert Janssens

Research topic:

Development of a method for the detection of the abuse of natural
hormones with bovines by means of GC/C/IRMS

Dr. M.Sc. Michail Syrpas

Research topic:

Isolation, identification and functional characterisation of bioactive 
metabolites and quorum sensing systems in diatoms 

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Dr. ir. Elena Semina

Research topic:

Study of biologically relevant functionalized amino acid derivatives:
synthesis and isolation 

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Dr. M.Sc. Gustavo Scalone



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Dr. M.Sc. Anka Pejovic

Research topic:

Aza-Michael additions of aromatic amines to conjugated ketones toward 
the synthesis of new and biologically interesting ferrocene derivatives

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Dr. ir. Koen Muylaert

Research topic:

Synthesis of novel and drug-lie compound libraries for screening across
a broad range of therapeutic areas

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Dr. M.Sc. Matthias Moens

Research topic:

New strategies for the synthesis of fluorinated hetero- and carbocyclic

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Dr. ir. Iris Wauters

Research topic:

Diversity oriented synthesis based on the bevianamide scaffold for the 
development of physiologically active compounds 

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M.Sc. Sandra Giraldo Clemente

Research topic:

Synthesis and bioactivity of humulone derivatives

Sandra Giraldo Clemente

Dr. ir. Elisabeth Delbeke

Research topic:

Innovative sophorolipide and rahmnolipide analogues with tailor-made
physicochemical properties

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Dr. ir. Wouter Debrouwer

Research topic:

Synthesis of phosphonylated azadienes as building block for
azaheterocyclic phophonates

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Dr. ir. Tamara Meiresonne

Research topic:

Synthesis of new fluorinated and non-fluorinated amino acid derivatives

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Dr. ir Karen Mollet

Research topic:

Stereoselective synthesis of beta-lactams and their use in multicom-
ponent reactions 

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M.Sc. Annick Bossou

Research topic:

Chemical study and biological activities (insect repellent, insecticide,
antiplasmodial) of plant extract from Benin

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Ir. Davy Cappoen

Research topic:

Discovery and biological evaluation of novel heterocyclic antitubercular
drug candidates

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Dr. ir Filip Colpaert

Research topic:

N-tert-Butanesulfinyl imidates as novel building blocks in the synthesis of
bioactive compounds

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Dr. ir. Cédric Maton

Research topic:

Development of peralkylated imidazolium ionic liquids for materials

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Dr. ir. Nils De Vos

Research topic:

Development of azabicyclic ionic liquids for materials processing


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M.Sc. Matteo Ciprian

Research topic:

Development of a chemical heat pump for low value heat valorization

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Dr. ir. Stijn De Brabandere

Research topic:

New applications of N-sulfinyl imines in the synthesis of heterocyclic
compounds and amino acid derivatives

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M.Sc. Martyna Jatczak

Research topic:

Synthesis of novel and drug-like compound libraries for screening
across a broad range of therapeutic areas

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Dr. Jean-Christophe Monbaliu

Research topic:

Synthesis of highly efficient gas/liquid photomicroreactor systems

Jean-Christophe Monbaliu

Dr. ir Yahya Nural

Research topic;

Asymmetric synthesis of conformationally constrained cyclic diamino acid
derivatives and their application in the asymmetric synthesis of new potential
biologically active diamino acid derivatives

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Dr. ir. Lydia Protasova

Research topic:

Enhancing reaction speed in continuous flow by excess reagent

Dr. Klicia Sampaio

Research topic:

Enzyme and Cavitation technology for sustainable degumming of
vegetable oils

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Dr. Junko Tsukamoto

Research topic:

Enzyme and Cavitation technology for sustainable degumming of
vegetable oils

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Dr. ir. Stéphanie Vandekerckhove

Research topic:

New approaches towards functionalized quinolines with
antimalarial and/or antifungal properties

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Dr. ir. Frederik Van Waes

Research topic:

Continuous Flow technology for reactions difficult to scale-up

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