Derk Willem Frederik Brilman (Wim) was born on February 19th 1968 in Meppel, the Netherlands. After growing up in Paterswolde and finishing secondary school in Groningen in 1986 (Atheneum, Zernike College), he started his Chemical Engineering study at the University of Twente (the Netherlands).
After an internship with Bayer AG (Germany) he graduated cum laude in 1991 on ‘The sulphidation of limestone: experimental study of the mechanism and development of a mathematical model’. Subsequently he completed in 1993 successfully the 2-yr. post-graduate designers-course on process design and –technology (‘Ontwerpers-opleiding Procestechnologie’) by the Universities of Groningen and Twente. In 1993 he received the ‘Hoogewerff Ontwerpersprijs’ for the final year-assignment (with Shell).
From October 1993 – 2002 he was lecturer at the University of Twente within, initially, the Chemical Engineering Sciences research group (Prof.dr.ir. W.P.M. van Swaaij) and later the research group ‘Development and Design of Industrial Processes’ with Prof.dr.ir. G.F. Versteeg.
In 1994 he started his PhD-research project, which was completed with the dissertation on ‘Mass Transfer and Chemical Reaction in Gas-Liquid-Liquid systems’ for which he obtained the PhD degree in December 1998. His promotors were Prof.dr.ir. W.P.M. van Swaaij and Prof.dr.ir. G.F. Versteeg. In the subsequent years 1998-2002 he supervised two PhD students and, from 1993-2002, in total about 30 MSc. Students during their MSc. project.
From 2002-2007 he was senior researcher at Sasol Technology in the field of Gas-To-Liquids process development and Fischer-Tropsch reaction technology (especially slurry reactor technology).
From October 2007 onwards he is appointed Associate Professor in the TCCB research group at the University of Twente. The main focus of the research is currently the conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals, CO2 capture and multiphase reaction technology.