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KU Leuven – Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis – Sels Group


The group of Professor Bert Sels is currently recognized as an international standard for the introduction of chemocatalysis in biomass conversion. In this perspective, the group is awarded with personal invitations around the globe and Professor Sels is considered as the expert and advisor for chemicals companies. The research activities encompass the design of heterogeneous catalysts for the future challenges in industrial organic and environmental catalysis. Group expertise includes heterogeneous catalysis in bio-refineries and factories, the design of hierarchically structured zeolites and carbons, and spectroscopy and kinetics for the identification of catalytically active sites for small molecule activation. The lab has proven expertise in the use of (continuous) reactions with biomass in the liquid phase at high pressures and temperatures and in the use of gas phase reactors.