Our Team

CATCO2RE is a platform for catalytic CO2 reduction and utilization.


CATCO2RE is a novel and innovative research consortium from Flanders, Belgium. We combine multiple unique areas of expertise present within the region in a joint venture between UGent, KU Leuven, VUB, and VITO, working together with 14 companies.

Ghent University (UGent)


The Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) at Ghent University (UGent) integrates chemical science and engineering in its research on catalysis, polymerization, kinetics, reactor design, and process design.

Prof. Dr. Mark Saeys

Full professor

+32 09 331 17 54


Principal investigator (PI) and general coordinator of CATCO2RE. Scientific expertise in catalyst design and syngas (CO/CO2/H2) chemistry. Mark Saeys has written several roadmaps on carbon capture and usage (CCU) and is recently active in CO2 utilization technologies.

Dr. Cesar A. Urbina-Blanco

Postdoctoral researcher

+32 09 331 17 14


Co-principal investigator (co-PI), scientific coordinator of CATCO2RE, and researcher. Cesar A. Urbina-Blanco is researching the design of new low temperature catalysts for methanol synthesis and enables communications between the partner institutions

Dr. Andrés Ricardo León Garzón

Postdoctoral researcher

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Andrés Ricardo León Garzón is focused on the development of a novel heterogeneous catalyst for MeOH synthesis and is researching kinetic modelling of novel MeOH catalysts by employing first principle calculations while benchmarking against the current commercial catalyst.

Dr. Stijn Dekeukeleire

Business Developer

+32 09 331 1750


Stijn Dekeukeleire is focused on business development, the definition of intellectual property (IP), and the valorization strategy with regard to novel catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation.

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)


The COK (Centrum voor Oppervlaktechemie en Katalyse; Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) constitutes a large interdisciplinary team involved in teaching and research in the chemistry of solid-gas, solid-liquid, and solid-solid interfaces.

Prof. Dr. Johan Martens

Full professor and founder of the Solar Fuels team


Johan Martens provides guidance and manages the research team.

Dr. Bert Lagrain

Innovation Manager of Sustainable Chemistry


Bert Lagrain is focused on technology transfer, in particular from academic research to industrial applications

Dr. Tom Bosserez

Postdoctoral researcher

+32 016 379 233


Tom Bosserez investigates the upscaling of an air-fed solar hydrogen generator using solar energy and water vapour from the air as water source. This device produces a renewable hydrogen stream during the day which can be directly coupled to a CO2 reduction reaction unit.

Dr. Gino Heremans

Doctoral researcher

+32 16 37 38 84


Gino Heremans is focused on membrane development for an air-fed solar hydrogen generator and on the influence of varying environmental conditions (day/night, humid/dry, warm/cold, etc.) on device performance.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)


The research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) aims at developing creative solutions to challenging problems in the field of separation technology and catalysis by exploiting the new possibilities in materials engineering and nanotechnology.

Prof. Dr. Joeri Denayer

Full professor


Joeri Denayer supervises the research on adsorptive separations.

Dr. Julien Cousin-Saint-Remi

Postdoctoral researcher


Julien Cousin-Saint-Remi performs research on adsorptive separations.

Dr. Peter De Schepper

Postdoctoral researcher


Peter De Schepper performs research on adsorptive separations.

Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)


VITO is an independent Flemish research organisation in the area  of clean  tech  and sustainable development.

Dr. Miet van Dael

Researcher in biobased economy and carbon capture and usage (CCU)

+32 14 33 58 63


Miet Van Dael is focused on environmental techno-economic analysis. She performs research on integral techno-economic assessments with an environmental and social impact, how to make the methodology spatially explicit, and how to link it with the assessed technologies.

Dr. Marleen Rombouts

Researcher in materials technology

+32 14 5745


Marleen Rombouts is focused on the development of 3D printed structures for CO2 capture and catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 to methane/methanol. In addition, she is focused on the development of coatings on porous structures (e.g., commercial honeycombs) for CO2 capture and catalytic hydrogenation to methane/methanol.

Dirk Vangeneugden

Business Development Manager

+32 14 33 56 20.


Dirk Vangeneugden is focused on business development in the field of 3D shaped porous structures.
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