Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry (CHIS)

The Department of Chemical Engineering (CHIS), headed by Prof. Gert Desmet, is specialized in 3 main fields, i.e. Adsorption, Chromatography, Microreactors & Microfluidics. The CHIS adsorption team studies the most advanced nanostructured porous solids for new or improved separation processes. This includes materials characterization, thermodynamics of adsorption and transport phenomena, separation tests in lab scale or larger research setups and modeling. This team also offers new solutions in fuel cell design and improvements for biomass recuperation processes. The chromatography team studies the analytical separation and chromatography systems, aiming to better understand the methods and systems currently used to conduct (bio-)analytical separations, mainly high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and capillary LC. These insights are acquired through experimental techniques and computer simulations of the flow and diffusion. Combining know-how on chemical engineering, precision and micro-machining technology, CHIS is ideally positioned to develop novel devices and processes for microfluidics and microreactor technology, tailoring shaped micron-sized structures.

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  • Separation processes
  • adsorption
  • chromatography
  • industrial chemistry

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry (CHIS)
Faculty of Engineering

Pleinlaan 2 – B-1050 Brussels – Belgium

[T] +32 (0)2 629 32 51
[F] +32 (0)2 629 32 48
Head: Gert DESMET
Scientific contact: Joeri DENAYER