Strategic fundamental research in the domain of fysico-chemical characterization of complex material systems, mainly NMR techniques. Hasselt University
Valorisation of Lignin by development of selective enzymatic degradation, chemical catalysis and separation of innovative chemical bio-Aromatics, VALIMATICS University of Antwerp
Regulatory mechanisms in bacterial toxin-antitoxin modules Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The role of bacterial biofilms as a major cause of therapeutic failure in intensive care units (ICU): an in vitro and in vivo study of 'biofilm' virulence factors. University of Antwerp
This project deals with parametric optimisation of large-scale (bio)chemical processes, i.e., calculating the solution path of an optimisation problem as a function of one or more varying parameters. Typical examples include heat transfer coefficients (which change when fouling occurs), design parameters (e.g., dimensions) and operational parameters (e.g., maximal admissible reactor temperature).
Sensitive probing of surface charging processes based on the electrokinetics of single colloidal particles Ghent University
The Center for Nano- and Biophotonics sets up research lines in the area of nanoparticles, microlaser technology and optical switches, biosensors, bio-spectroscopy, scanning of biomaterials, electro-optical particle manipulation and active nanophotonic implants.
A. Fundamental research on charging mechanisms in nonpolar colloidal suspensions
In nonpolar liquids such as oil, colloidal particles carry almost no charge ...
Influence of Lactobacillus fermentation on the iron and zinc bio-accessibility in vegetable products Ghent University
In vegetable products (legumes, grains and vegetables), the iron and zinc bio-accessibiltity is low. This is partly due to the presence of phytates, polyphenols and fibres, making complexes with iron en zinc. In this way the bio-accesibility and bio-availablity of these minor components is inhibited. In this project proposal, it is aimed to increase the bio-accessibility by using fermentations with Lactobacillus strains.
Microbial precipitated Bio-Pd and Bio-Mn nanocrystals for the chemical transformation of halogenated contaminants Ghent University
Microbial precipated nanocrystals of bio-palladium and biomanganese oxides will be used as an general degradation technology for halogenated compounds. Bio-palladium will dehalogenetae the contaminants, while bio-manganaseoxides will further oxidise the basic organic structure. Hexachlorocyclohexane, polychlorinated and polybrominated biphenyls will be model compounds. The final aim is to develop a reactor with simultaneous reductive and ...