Registration deadline

Please register before August 19

  • Topics

  • Presentation 1

    Photocatalytic functionalization of commodity polypropylenes: synthesis, macromolecular analysis and processing

  • Presentation 2

    GPC analysis with triple detection

  • Presentation 3

    Characterizing complex multi-block thermoplastic copolymers derived from waste plastic

  • Q&A sessions


  • Speakers

  • Prof. Louis Pitet

    Louis M. Pitet is currently an associate professor at Hasselt University, working in the Institute for Materials Research (imo-imomec), located in Hasselt, Belgium. Louis’ research interests are broadly concerned with understanding processing–structure–property relationships in complex functional polymer constructs. The group has a keen interest in applying the fundamental relationships that are uncovered to global challenges in polymer science, including reutilizing plastic waste streams, creating smart scaffolds for tissue engineering, and improving processing–manufacturing efficiency with advanced reactors. Louis obtained his Bachelors degree in Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines working with Prof. Daniel Knauss. He went on to obtain a PhD in 2011 in the Chemistry department at the University of Minnesota under the
    supervision of Prof. Marc Hillmyer, exploring the utility of ring-opening metathesis polymerization in creating functional materials. Louis moved to the Netherlands for a post-doctoral fellowship in the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems at the Eindhoven University of Technology, working with Prof. Bert Meijer. In Eindhoven, Louis helped build a program applying dynamic bonding strategies for the construction of well-defined block polymers. Since 2018, Louis has been leading his research group in Hasselt working with a diverse team currently consisting of 9 PhD students, 2 post-doctoral researchers, and 2 master's students.

  • Prof. Anton Ginzburg

    Anton Ginzburg holds MSc in Chemistry from Moscow State University and PhD in Macromolecular Chemistry from the Technical University of Darmstadt. After his doctoral studies, he joined the petrochemical industry, where he helped establish a high-throughput experimentation laboratory integrating polyolefin catalysis with material development to serve various businesses. He later returned to academia and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven, where he researches new polymeric materials using accessible building blocks, versatile synthetic tools, and complex analytical methods.

  • Product Manager GPC — Subin Damodaran [Tosoh]

    Dr. Subin Damodaran received his doctorate in chemistry from Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany in 2016. During his PhD he was actively characterising various finished and semi-finished polymer products using spectroscopic and chromatographic methods. Since 2016, he joined as Product specialist and an integral part of the GPC team of Tosoh Bioscience. He is currently working as Product Manager for GPC/SEC instruments, columns and detectors produced by Tosoh.

  • Frank Vanderstraeten [SerCoLab]

    Frank Vanderstraeten graduated as an Industrial Engineer in Chemistry with an option in Biochemistry in '91 at KIH Oostende. After selling bulkchemicals and ingredients for food he sold spectroscopy instrumentation (UV-Vis, IR, AAS, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, HR-ICP-MS, and NMR) for Varian, then Thermo Fischer Scientific and Agilent. 8 Years ago he joined SerCoLab, specialised in custom made HPLC-solutions from Knauer and GPC- instrumentation from Tosoh Bioscience.

Showcasing products during seminar

 Our solutions for Gel Permeation/Size Exclusion Chromatography (GPC/SEC) comprise a whole range of GPC/SEC columns, instruments, and detectors for the characterization of natural and synthetic polymers. Whether for ambient or high-temperature GPC, routine analysis or in-depth characterization with multidetector GPC/SEC, we offer tailored solutions for every need.

  • Sercolab  EcoSEC ELITE SYSTEM
  • Sercolab MALS


Time Topic Presenter
10:00 Reception of participants / retrieval of badges
10:30 Introduction (SerCoLab / Tosoh) Frank Vanderstraeten
10:45 Photocatalytic functionalization of commodity polypropylenes: synthesis, macromolecular analysis and processing Anton Ginzburg
11:30 GPC analysis with triple detection Subin Damodaran
12:15 Lunch
13:15 Lab tour All or in 2 groups
14:15 Characterizing complex multi-block thermoplastic copolymers derived from waste plastic Louis Pitet
15:00 Q&A session and wrap up Frank Vanderstraeten
15:30 END

Practical information


Universiteit Hasselt - Campus Diepenbeek

Adres: Agoralaan gebouw D, 3590 Diepenbeek


Monday 9 september 2024

Start: 10:00

For who?

Anyone who is working on polymers wether they are synthetic or bio-based.

Terms & conditions

  • Registration for the seminar is free of charge.
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