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KULeuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Location : / Belgium
Website : www.kuleuven.be

 Two KULeuven groups are involved, the Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Biochemistry (LFCB, Christophe Courtin) and Centre for Surface Science and Catalysis (COK, Bert Sels). Both groups belong to the department of Microbial and Molecular Systems. LFCB aims at generating basic insights in cereal related constituents and enzymes, and to apply such insights with the aim to understand and improve processing, final product and/or health related functionality in cereal based biotechnological processes, using amongst other molecular biology as a tool. COK expertise ranges from the synthesis, the characterization and testing of various kinds of chemocatalysts. Research targets go from bulk to fine chemicals, and biomass conversion. Processes under study today are glycerol, sugar, starch and cellulose conversions to commodity and specialty chemicals. As a group, COK is founder of the European network of Excellence on catalysis (IDECAT).


The main focus of KULeuven (LFCB) will be on hemicellulases and their optimal application in the processes at hand, fraction refinement and assessment of the functionality of biomass derived oligosaccharides. KULeuven (COK) will be on chemical conversion of cellulose to chemicals using chemocatalytic strategies.


Principal investigator

Dr. Christophe Courtin is associate professor of food biochemistry in the LFCB since 2003. His research is focuses on cereal non-starch polysaccharides, the enzymes that degrade them and inhibitors that affect those enzymes. He is the author or co-author of 85 original peer reviewed international publications and 8 patent application.

E-mail : christophe.courtin@biw.kuleuven.be

Dr. Bert Sels is associate professor of (heterogeneous) catalysis in COK since 2003. His research is focused on synthesis, characterization and usage of heterogeneous chemocatalysts for petrochemical and biomass conversion. He is the author or co-author of 65 original peer reviewed international publications, 5 book chapters and 10 patent application. 

E-mail : bert.sels@biw.kuleuven.be


Key personnel

Dr. Jan Delcour

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