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Leuven Chem&Tech and Leuven NanoCentre

Building the future of chemistry, chemical engineering and nanotechnology

Building the future of chemistry, chemical engineering and nanotechnology

Leuven Chem&Tech

The use of renewable raw materials, the development of new products with higher added value, and the design of processes with the lowest environmental impact by using minimal amounts of raw materials, energy and space are just some of the aspects that our future engineers and scientists will have to address in order to safeguard our prosperity.

The fragmented approach that has been used frequently until now, with scientists focussing on molecules, and engineers on processes is not yielding the intended results. Leuven Chem&Tech brings together scientists and engineers in a new infrastructure where the entire ‘chain-ofknowledge' from molecule to process, from basic to applied research can be conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

By bringing together researchers from different backgrounds, our expertise in (bio) chemical phenomena - from the smallest length scale and fastest time scale up to the production in pilot scale installations – will be strengthened and thus make an important contribution to the quality of our lives. Moreover, this knowledge will contribute to an improved competitive position of the Belgian chemical industry which is an important foundation of our country’s prosperity.

Leuven NanoCentre

This centre merges different engineering and physics disciplines to create a multidisciplinary research environment to promote innovative concepts, such as micro-scaled energy harvesters, flexible sensors and displays on textiles, nanometer precise motors and air bearings. Sensor piloted microdosing capsules and surgical robots for new medicine: groundbreaking application fields become within reach.

The mission of this new infrastructure is for researchers to cross-fertilize and intensify their research by a multidisciplinary span of manufacturing techniques for the micro- and nanometer scale and applications. The infrastructure includes vibration-free laboratories for sensitive characterisation and process equipment, a clean room for the next generation MEMS, a nanomaterial fabrication laboratory and sample preparation areas for organics and non-organics.

By bringing together researchers from different disciplines in this state-of-the-art infrastructure, new emerging fields will be explored: E.g. optical and fluidic techniques based on nano-particles and nanomanipulation for increased quality in e.g. the food chain, and jelly-like medical implants to interact with the nervous system, by including bio-active growth factors to avoid lesions.

Key data

Leuven Chem&Tech

Leuven NanoCentre

Footprint 75 * 35 m2 86 * 40 m2
Number of floors 5 + parking 2 + 2 technical floors
Research surface 11200 m2 6800 m2
Purpose of the building Chemistry and chemical engineering research Precision measurements and precision engineering
Investment 50M Euro (building) + 25M Euro (equipment)
Number of researchers 500