I am a full professor in Energy Technology within the Department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering. I finished my PhD in 1990 on the 'Mathematical Modelling of Coal Combustion in a Fluidised Bed'. From 1979-2009 I have been a scientist/consultant at TNO in Apeldoorn and in 2009 appointed by TNO as a Senior Research Fellow. In 2000 I was appointed as a professor in Thermal Conversion Processes at the University of Twente and since 2009 I became a full professor.
I am an expert in the field of thermal conversion processes (pyrolysis, gasification, combustion, torrefaction) and in energy systems (conversion, storage and system analysis). I have carried out a large number of commercial research and development projects for national and international clients. Furthermore I have invented and developed new advanced conversion technologies and demonstrated in practice.
From 2011 I have been the Scientific Director of the PDEng programme (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) on Energy and Process Technology. The PDeng programme is a two years post-Master designer programme at the University of Twente. Since 2015 I was also a Scientific Director of the new Engineering Institute of the University of Twente. From 2013-2017 I have been a member of the Management Team of the Engineering Faculty.
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My research is focussed on:
- Thermal conversion processes (pyrolysis, gasification, combustion, torrefaction, etc)
- Energy conversion and storage
- Emission reduction (CO2, NOx, CO, dioxines, etc)
- Production of fuels (biofuels, solar fuels)
- Ambient CO2 capture
- Industrial technology (fluidised bed, grate furnaces, rotary kilns, cyclones, dryers, etc)
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I am involved in the following educational programmes:
- MSc Mechanical Engineering
- MSc Sustainable Energy Technology
- PDEng Energy and Process Technology
Affiliated Study Programmes
Courses Academic Year 2023/2024
Courses Academic Year 2022/2023
I am involved in various national and international projects in the fields of: combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, recovery of materials, etc.
Below projects from the last 5 years: