Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988 – 1993
    Chemical Engineer (Burgerlijk Scheikundig Ingenieur), Cum Laude, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium

  • 2000
    PhD (Doctoraat) Applied Sciences, Mechanical Engineering (Toegepaste Wetenschappen), Summa Cum Laude, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium

Selected publications

Selected projects


  • Bilateral project with Arch Timber Protection (2002 – 2004) Feasibility study pyrolysis of impregnated wood waste.

  • KULeuven-BOF-OT project (2006 – 2010) Low temperature pyrolysis of CCA (chromated copper arsenate) impregnated wood waste.

  • Bilateral project with Thermya (2008 – 2010) Carbonisation of wood waste.

  • Bilateral project with VMM (2007 – 2010) Calorific waste treatment.

  • IWT-TETRA project (2008 – 2009) Pyrolysis, De Nayer Instituut, scientific partner.

  • Bilateral project with Remo Milieubeheer (2010) Second Opinion Report Gas Plasma Pilot Tests.

  • EU-EFRO-Doelstelling 2 (2009 – 2012) Closing the Circle.

  • IWT-O&O project with Group Machiels (2011 – 2014) Closing the Circle and Enhanced Landfill Mining as part of the Transition to Sustainable Materials Management.

Thermal systems in buildings:

  • KULeuven-BOF-VISK7/07/037 SOLABCOOL (2007 – 2008) Small scale integrated dry recooling solar absorption cooling units.

  • IWT-VIS-CO-WP-DIRECT (2008 – 2010) Heat pumps in sustainable, innovative, realistic energy concepts.

  • IWT-TETRA-THERMAC (2005 – 2007) Thermal active buildings.

  • FWO project (2010 – 2014) Black-box model based predictive control of ground coupled heat pump systems.

  • EU-FP7-EraSME-GEOTABS project (2010 – 2012) Towards optimal design and control of geothermal heat pumps combined with thermally activated building systems in offices.

  • KULeuven-BOF-GOA (2011 – 2016) Fundamental study of a greenhouse gas emission-free energy system.

  • IWT-VIS-SMART GEOTHERM (2011 – 2017) Integration of thermal energy storage and thermal inertia in geothermal concepts for smart heating and cooling of (medium) large buildings.

  • EU-EIT-KIC-InnoEnergy (2011 – 2012) Thermal Energy Storage.

  • IWT PhD Fellowship Clara Verhelst (2008 – 2011) Model based predictive control of ground coupled heat pump systems.

  • KU Leuven PhD Fellowship Maarten Sourbron (2008 – 2012) Dynamic behaviour and control of thermally activated building systems.

  • KULeuven Energy Institute PhD Roel De Coninck (2010 – 2014) Optimal Energy Networks in Buildings.

  • IWT-TIS-IDEG project (2002 – 2008) Integration of sustainable energy in buildings (Integratie van Duurzame Energie in Gebouwen (IDEG)), promoter.

  • IEA-ECBCS Annex 48 (2007 – 2009) Heat pumping and reversible air conditioning, partner in Annex.

  • IWT-TETRA project (2008 – 2010) CO2 refrigerators, KHLim, scientific partner.

  • IWT-TETRA project (2008 – 2010) Active buildings, De Nayer Instituut, scientific partner.

  • EU-EFRO-Cleantech (2008 – 2010) Member Do-tank Energy & Buildings.

  • IEA-SHC Task 44 (2009 – 2012) Solar and heat pump systems, partner in Task.

  • EU-FP7 PerformancePlus Project (2012 – 2015) Tools for Enhanced Photovoltaic System Performance: Integrated Energy Management and Storage Control, partner.

  • HOLDUP – W&T Interdepartementale Onderzoeksprojecten 2013 – 2014 Holistisch duurzaam bouwen by engineers.

  • IEA-EBC-Annex 60 (2013 – 2017): New generation computational tools for building and community energy systems based on the Modelica and Functional Mockup Interface standards, Subtask Leader.

  • IWT PhD Fellowship Filip Jorissen (2014 – 2017) Integrated optimal design and control of office building systems using renewable energy sources, promoter.

  • EU-INTERREG-HysOpt (2014) Hydronic System Optimisation, promoter

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Expert Panel W&T9 (Science and technology of constructions and the built environment) of The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), since 01.01.2010

  • Member of the Board of Directors KU Leuven Energy Institute

  • Member Expert Panel VRWI Toekomstverkenning 2025, 2013 – 2014

  • Member of IBPSA-NLV, since 2013

  • Member of the KU Leuven Research Centre Sustainable Earth

  • Member of the Federal Council for Sustainable Development Belgium

  • Chairwoman of the Flemish Heat Pump Platform, till October 2009

  • Member of the Board of Directors ODE Vlaanderen, till 2012


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