Ghent University offers high-quality, research-based education in all academic disciplines. The mission of open and democratic education is realized by the availability of social facilities and professional guidance concerning the study career. With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centers and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines. Ghent University invests an annual amount of more than 175 million euro in research projects on behalf of public and private partners.
GREEN-CHEM, is a global green chemistry network supported by Ghent University that brings together academic and industry experts from all over the world. The goal of the network is to (I) create new know-how by enhancing research collaboration between leading international experts from academia and industry, (II) improve knowledge sharing by training students and industry professionals in the principles of green chemistry and the circular economy, (III) enhance general awareness and public interest for important green chemistry issues as a service we owe to society.
Sustainable Systems Engineering (STEN) is a research group with focus on research, educational and service activities on environmental and sustainability issues. The focus of the research from Prof. Jo Dewulf is on life cycle thinking and thermodynamics-based sustainability analysis, going from process level to overall industrial system level. The commonly used techniques are Exergy Analysis (EA), Exergetic Life Cycle Analysis (ELCA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA). Methodological improvements have been put into practice through collaborations with several industrial partners, e.g. Galloo, Umicore and others. Through prof. Dewulf’s involvement with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the group is also working on relevant topics like resource efficiency, resource criticality and circular economy.
Role in the project:
UGent is in charge of life cycle assessment subjects, alongside providing teaching and training content based on INCITE’s results.