dr.ir. A.G.J. van der Ham (Louis)


About Me

Louis van der Ham was born on June 16th 1960 in Weerselo. He is married with Carla and they have three children, Diede (6), Frank (11) and Stijn (12).

He studied Chemistry at the HTS and Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente. During his study he was a board member of the student association ‘Alembic’ and was one of the organizers of the study tour to England.  He graduated Cum Laude in January 1986. In the same month he started his PhD research at the group ‘Proceskunde’ of Prof.dr.ir. W.P.M. van Swaaij at the same university. The topic was the regenerative high temperature desulfurization of coal gas in a circulating fluidized bed.

In 1991 he was appointed assistant professor in the group Industrial Processes and Product of Prof.dr.ir. K.R. Westerterp. His main focus was on education and research in de field of process simulation,  process design and evaluation. Since 1999 he was also involved in the PD-Eng program and together with Prof.dr.ir. H. van den Berg responsible for the process plant design project, a major part of the PD-Eng program. In 2003 he switched to the Separation Technology group of Prof.dr.ir. A.B. de Haan and was responsible for education in the field of process simulation, design and separation technology and research in the field of adsorption and solvent impregnated resin technology. After a major reorganisation of the faculty he joined the Membrane Science and Technology group of Prof.dr.ing. Matthias Wessling. In 2008 he was appointed  par-time program coordinator of the Chemical Engineering Bachelor and Master program.

In January 2011 he switched to the research group Thermo Chemical Conversion of Biomass with his focus on education and research.

The last in the field of process design, simulation, feasibility analysis and separation related to bio-oil. His education responsibilities are still in the field of process design and simulation.


Engineering & Materials Science
Process Design
Dimethyl Carbonate


Postma, R. S., Keijsper, D. J., Morsink, B. F., Siegers, E. H., Mercimek, M. E. E., Nieukoop, L. K. , van den Berg, H. , van der Ham, A. G. J. , & Lefferts, L. (2022). Technoeconomic Evaluation of the Industrial Implementation of Catalytic Direct Nonoxidative Methane Coupling. Industrial and engineering chemistry research, 61(1), 566-579. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03572
Weimann, L., Dubbink, G. , van der Ham, L., Kramer, G. J., & Gazzani, M. (2021). An MILP model of post-combustion carbon capture based on detailed process simulation. In Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (Vol. 50, pp. 319-325). (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering; Vol. 50). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-88506-5.50051-6
Dubbink, G. H. C., Geverink, T. R. J., Haar, B., Koets, H. W., Kumar, A. , van den Berg, H. , van der Ham, A. G. J. , & Lange, J. P. (2021). Furfural to FDCA: systematic process design and techno-economic evaluation. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 15(4), 1021-1030. https://doi.org/10.1002/bbb.2204
Buitelaar, M. M. , van Daatselaar, E., van Teijlingen, D. G., Stokvis, H. I. , Wendt, J. D., De Sousa Ribeiro, R. J., Brooks, A. M. M., Kamphuis, E. C., Lopez Montoya, S., van Putten, J. C. , van der Ham, A. G. J. , van den Berg, H. , & Lange, J. P. (2020). Process Designs for Converting Propylene Glycol to Acrylic Acid via Lactic Acid and Allyl Alcohol. Industrial and engineering chemistry research, 59(3), 1183-1192. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.9b04334

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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The Netherlands