‘Smart’ Materials – Intelligent and Responsive Materials


‘Smart’ materials are also called ‘intelligent’ and responsive materials. This is due to the property to change with their environment. In fact, smart materials react via a reversible mechanism to an external stimuli: stress, electrical current, temperature or even chemical compounds1. Those materials can be divided into several sub-groups: shape memory alloy, piezoelectric materials, magneto-rheological and electro-rheological materials. Due to ...

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Enjoying Learning Chemistry


The use of truly catalytic and efficient reactions is one of the most straight way to pursue sustainable chemistry in organic synthesis. In chemistry, catalyst refers to any substance that increases the rate of the reaction without itself being consumed. This increase of the reaction´s rate happens because the catalyst lowers the activation energy required for the reaction to begin. ...

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Education is a Two-way Street


PhD studies at a university offer a unique way to improve personal communication skills and engrain the fundamental knowledge of the subject so deep within the mind that it might remain there even at an age when forgetting one’s own birthday no longer comes as a surprise. Of course I’m talking about teaching. The dreadfully exhausting and time-consuming, yet strangely ...

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COSMIC researcher Ana Luisa Maria – Winner of the poster prize at ESS16

Ana Luisa Maria Winner

After the shot-gun presentation at the 16th meeting of the European Society of Sonochemistry (ESS16), Ana Luisa Maria won the “Best Poster” award for her work on Ultra sound assisted oxidative cleavage of fatty nitriles. Congratulations Ana!

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Steff Van Loy


Steff Van Loy is a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven. His work targets the implementation of mechanochemical methods for recycling of critical metals from industrial waste streams.

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Call for applicants: 15 PhD positions in CHARMING


The EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN CHARMING consortium is looking for a dynamic team of 15 bright and enthusiastic PhD students. The call for applicants is now officially open. PhD candidates need to apply on-line through the CHARMING application tool. The deadline for on-line applications is October 15, 2018.  On-line Recruitment Procedure (APPLY HERE) All applications proceed through the on-line recruitment ...

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ITACA… a route for the knowledge of microwaves


As you set out for Itaca Hope the voyage is a long one, Full of adventure, full of discovery. (translated by “Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard”) Why is it important to perform secondments during your PhD? Well, a PhD cannot be considered just a normal job. It is an experience of life that forced you to think on a different ...

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Modular Plants


Batch plants have been the main horsepower of the fine chemical industry, where flexibility is highly appreciated. Continuous manufacturing offers better performance but it is not as flexible when compared to batch manufacturing. Modular plants represent a solution between batch and continuous processes. Modular plants are capable of working continuously and flexible enough to meet the market demand. For instance, ...

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Arduino Device for Temperature Recording: A Cheap and Smart Solution for Our Lab Research! (Part 2)


After building up our device (please see 1st part), we can start writing the code (called “sketch”) for the platform. Firstly, we should download and install the software for Arduino (you can easily find it on-line at After installing the software, we can take some confidence with Arduino, for example turning on and of the LED of the Arduino ...

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New EU H2020 MSCA-ETN coming soon: meet CHARMING


SIM² KU Leuven has secured funding for a new EU H2020 MSCA-ETN project focusing on Chemical Engineering Immersive Learning. This unique project will be implemented under the acronym CHARMING. The targeted start date is 1-11-2018.

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