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Postdoctoral Researcher, KU LEUVEN

Biography :

Dr. Gilles Koolen holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering Technology and successfully defended in 2022 his PhD on natural fibre reinforced polymer composites at KU Leuven Department of Materials Engineering. He specialized in the effect of moisture on flax and hemp fibre composites and developed a fibre treatment with outstanding results. He was awarded funding from Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) and he is now exploring business opportunities for this technology while staying affiliated with KU Leuven as a postdoc researcher. Since 2018, he is an expert of the European Scientific Council of the Alliance for European Flax-Linen and Hemp.

About KU Leuven :

The Composite Materials Group in the Department of Materials Engineering (MTM) of KU Leuven, carrying out research on polymer matrix composites, was started by Prof. Ignaas Verpoest in 1982. Now, the Composite Materials Group (CMG) is one of the worldwide recognised centres for composite materials research, which hosted Toray Chair for Composite Materials from 2012 to 2022 with Profs. Ignaas Verpoest, Stepan V. Lomov, and David Seveno as Toray Professors. The group is coordinated by Prof. Yentl Swolfs. The Composite Materials Group is a very diverse and international community, consisting of about 60 professors, post-docs, PhD students and technical staff. Our research on composites ranges from very fundamental to very applied and/or industry oriented studies. There are currently five main research themes in our group: Micro- and mesostructural design of composites, Process and application development, Bio-based and sustainable composites, Composites and principles inspired by nature and Physical chemistry of interfaces.