Prof dr. ir. Christian Stevens

Research topics:

Heterocyclic Synthesis
Microreactor Technology 
Chemical modification of Renewable Resources

+32 9 264 5957 Photo Prof Chris Stevens

Prof dr. ir. Matthias D'hooghe

Research topics:

Heterocyclic chemistry
Synthesis of bioactive compounds

+32 9 264 9394 Photo Prof. Matthias D'hooghe

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

+32 9 264 5951 Photo Sven Mangelinckx
Postdoctoral researchers

Dr. ing. Bart Roman

Research topic:

Development of N-Cadherin Antagonists as Antimetastatic Agents

+32 9 264 5918 Foto Bart Roman

Dr. ir. Thomas Heugebaert

Research topic:

Development of highly efficient gas/liquid photomicroreactor systems


+32 9 264 9378 Foto Thomas Heugebaert
Assisting academic personnel

ir. Jan Berton

Research topic:

Synthesis and reactivity study of aminoallenylphosphonates

+32 9 264 9925 Foto Jan Berton

ir. Rob De Vreese

Research topic:

Synthesis of functionalized hydroxamic acids as novel 
HDAC6 inhibitors

+32 9 264 5860

Foto Rob De Vreese

ir. Stein Mincke

Research topic:

Sustainable chemical modifications of biopolymers


+32 9 264 5964 Foto Stein Mincke
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 5918 Elias Bonneure

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

+32 9 264 5860 Hang Dao Thi

ir. Laurens De Coen

Research topic:

Towards an industrial continuous flow platform (ATOM2)


+32 9 264 5962 Foto Laurens De Coen

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. Sari Deketelaere

Research topic:

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


Foto Sari Deketelaere

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. Jeroen Dolfen

Research topic:

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

+32 9 264 5918 Foto Jeroen Dolfen

ir. Jonas Everaert

Research topic: 

Synthesis and development of carbon organic frameworks for photochemical 

Foto Jonas Everaert

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

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ir. Marine Movsisyan

Research topic:

Exploration of continuous flow strategies for the valorisation of renewable

+32 9 264 5962 Foto Marine Movsisyan

ir. Pieter Naert

Research topic:

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


Foto Pieter Naert

ir. Nicola Piens

Research topic:

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

+32 9 264 5964 Foto Nicola Piens

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 

+32 9 264 5859 Foto Ewout Ruysbergh

ir. Sofie Seghers

Research topic:

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

+32 9 264 5964 Foto Sofie Seghers

ir. Frederike Stock

Research topic:

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


Foto Frederike Stock

ir. Atiruj Theppawong

Research topic:

Synthesis and biological assessment of unconventional curcumin analogs in
cancer research

Foto Atiruj Theppawong

ir. Evelien Uitterhaegen

Research topic:

Use of Coriander for industrial applications


+32 9 264 5958 foto Evelien Uitterhaegen

ir. Reinout Van Kerrebroeck

Research topic:

Halogenation reactions in continuous flow


Foto Reinout Van Kerrebroeck

ir. Melissa Van Overtveldt

Research topic:

Synthesis of strigolactone and karrikin analogues by gold mediated

+32 9 264 5918 Melissa Van Overtveldt

ir. Flore Vanden Bussche

Research topic:

Synthesis and development of carbon organic frameworks through aromatic

Foto Flore Vanden Bussche

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

Foto Tim Vande Walle

ir. Sigrid Verhasselt

Research topic:

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

+32 9 264 9925 Foto Sigrid Verhasselt

ir. Arno Verlee

Research topic:

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

+32 9 264 5918 Foto Arno Verlee

Technical staff

Yoshi Mertens

Research topic:

Synthesis and evaluation of pyrabactine analogues

Foto Yoshi Mertens

Els Van Hende


+32 9 264 6237 Foto Els Van Hende

Pieter Zwaenepoel


+32 9 264 5870 Foto Pieter Zwaenepoel
Administrative staff

Ans Van Nieuwenhuyse


+32 9 264 9379 Ans Van Nieuwenhuyse
Former PhD students & scientific personnel

Dr. M.Sc. Michail Syrpas

Research topic:

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

Foto Michail Syrpas

Dr. ir. Elena Semina

Research topic:

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

Foto Elena Semina

Dr. M.Sc. Gustavo Scalone

Research topic:


Foto Gustavo Scalone

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

Foto Anka Pejovic

Dr. ir. Koen Muylaert

Research topic:

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

Foto Koen Muylaert

Dr. M.Sc. Matthias Moens

Research topic:

New strategies for the synthesis of fluorinated hetero- and carbocyclic

Foto Matthias Moens

ir. Iris Wauters

Research topic:

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

Foto Iris Wauters

M.Sc. Sandra Giraldo Clemente

Research topic:

Synthesis and bioactivity of humulone derivatives

Sandra Giraldo Clemente

ir. Elisabeth Delbeke

Research topic:

Innovative sophorolipide and rahmnolipide analogues with tailor-made
physicochemical properties

Foto Elisabeth Delbeke

Dr. ir. Wouter Debrouwer

Research topic:

Synthesis of phosphonylated azadienes as building block for
azaheterocyclic phophonates

Foto Wouter De Brouwer

ir. Tamara Meiresonne

Research topic:

Synthesis of new fluorinated and non-fluorinated amino acid derivatives

Foto Tamara Meiresonne

Dr. ir Karen Mollet

Research topic:

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

Foto Karen Mollet

M.Sc. Annick Bossou


Research topic:

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

Foto Annick Bossou

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

Foto Filip Colpaert

ir. Cédric Maton


Research topic:

Development of peralkylated imidazolium ionic liquids for materials

Foto Cédric Maton

ir. Nils De Vos


Research topic:

Development of azabicyclic ionic liquids for materials processing


Foto Nils De Vos

M.Sc. Matteo Ciprian


Research topic:

Development of a chemical heat pump for low value heat valorization

Foto Matteo Ciprian

ir. Stijn De Brabandere


Research topic:

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

Foto Stijn De Brabandere

ing. Ruben De Poortere


Research topic:

Enzyme and Cavitation technology for sustainable degumming of
vegetable oils

Foto Ruben De Poortere

M.Sc. Martyna Jatczak


Research topic:

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

Foto Martyna Jatczak

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

Foto Yahya Nural

Dr. ir. Lydia Protasova


Research topic:

Enhancing reaction speed in continuous flow by excess reagent

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Dr. Klicia Sampaio


Research topic:

Enzyme and Cavitation technology for sustainable degumming of
vegetable oils

Foto Klicia Sampaio

Dr. Junko Tsukamoto


Research topic:

Enzyme and Cavitation technology for sustainable degumming of
vegetable oils

Foto Junko Tsukamoto

ir. Stéphanie Vandekerckhove


Research topic:

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

Foto Stéphanie Vandekerckhove

ir. Frederik Van Waes


Research topic:

Continuous Flow technology for reactions difficult to scale-up

Foto Frederik Van Waes