Lise Appels | KU Leuven, Belgium

Lise Appels studied Bioscience Engineering (M.Sc., 2006) at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). She graduated as Chemical Engineering Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven – Belgium). After a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at KU Leuven, she was appointed as an assistant professor at KU Leuven (department of Chemical Engineering) in October 2013. In 2018, she became a full-time associate professor at the same department. Lise Appels is mainly working on the conversion of organic waste streams to bio-energy carriers, and renewable chemicals, via the use of mixed-culture microbial communities and chemo-catalytic processes. She has published 80 papers in peer-reviewed international journals (ISI-WoS). Her work received over 4800 citations and her h-index is 24. She has contributed (as organizer, scientific committee member, keynote lecturer, session chair, presenter) to numerous international conferences. She is subject editor “Biomass” of Renewable Energy (IF 8.001), member of the Editorial board of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (IF 14.982) and Chemical Engineering Journal (IF 13.273), and a regular reviewer for numerous international journals.


Franz Winter | Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Research area: chemical process engineering and energy technology
Chemical process engineering and energy technology combine flow, mass and heat transport and chemistry for the design of chemical reactors, process development and optimization. Our work combines basic research with industrial application.
Energy process engineering (combustion, reforming, gas generation, pyrolysis, CO2 separation, energy storage)
Refinery technology (fluid catalytic cracking)
Environmental process engineering (urban mining, recycling, ash management, phosphorus, NOx, SO2, HCl, other emissions)
Chemical process engineering (catalysis, oxychlorination)
Fuel technology (biomass, waste, gases, oils, FT diesel, coal)


Yimin Deng | KU Leuven, Belgium

Yimin Deng completed a 4 years Bachelor cycle in Chemical Engineering and Technology at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT). She obtained her Master’s degree in Fluid Engineering at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées Toulouse (INSA-Toulouse). She started a doctoral research program in Chemical Engineering at KU-Leuven University (Faculty of Industrial Engineering) under the joint supervision of Prof. Raf Dewil (KU Leuven) and Prof. Jan Baeyens (KU Leuven, BUCT). She performed pilot-scale research in a concentrated solar furnace (30 kWth) at BUCT and is now looking at further scale-up strategies and solar thermo-chemical and thermo-catalytic reactions. This research combines experiments performed at KU Leuven, BUCT and at the University of Birmingham (radioactive tracer imaging). Over the past 4 years, she has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in international journals and cited conference proceedings. Her h-factor is 13. Current main research interests cover two-phase gas/solid systems, their CFD simulations, and their application in catalytic gas/solid thermo-chemical reactions.



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