innovation in sustainable materials and Resources

Veerle Vandeginste is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Engineering at KU Leuven (Belgium). Based on her personal drive to build a sustainable future, she created the iR group to push the state of the art in materials engineering and to help industry transitioning towards the development of products that are safe and sustainable by design. She worked at one of the top ten universities in the world, and has a unique multidisciplinary track record across geoscience, chemistry and engineering. She has spoken at many international conferences, and published her research in the top scientific journals.

Selected recent publications

Ji, Y., Hennissen, J.A., Hough, E., Vandeginste, V. (2021). Geochemical element mobilisation by interaction of Bowland shale with acidic fluids. FUEL, 289, Art.No. ARTN 119914. doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119914

Ji, Y., Walkinshaw, C., Belshaw, G., Vandeginste, V. (2021). Effect of polyacrylamide friction reducer on calcite dissolution rate at 25 °C and implication for hydraulic fracturing. Journal Of Natural Gas Science And Engineering, Art.No. 103770. doi: 10.1016/j.jngse.2020.103770

Vandeginste, V., Cowan, C., Gomes, R.L., Hassan, T., Titman, J. (2020). Natural fluorapatite dissolution kinetics and Mn2+ and Cr3+ metal removal from sulfate fluids at 35 degrees C. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, 389, Art.No. ARTN 122150. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.122150 Open Access

Vandeginste, V., Snell, O., Hall, M.R., Steer, E., Vandeginste, A. (2019). Acceleration of dolomitization by zinc in saline waters. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 10, Art.No. ARTN 1851. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09870-y Open Access

Singh, K., Muljadi, B.P., Raeini, A.Q., Jost, C., Vandeginste, V., Blunt, M.J., Theraulaz, G., Degond, P. (2019). The architectural design of smart ventilation and drainage systems in termite nests. SCIENCE ADVANCES, 5 (3), Art.No. ARTN eaat8520. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aat8520 Open Access


Invited presentation

5 June 2021 - Veerle Vandeginste is invited to present the group's research at the F&R Energy conference in Houston in February 2022.

New publication

2 June 2021 - Our new paper on "Pore-scale modeling of fluid-rock chemical interactions in shale during hydraulic fracturing" is accepted in Energy & Fuels. Congratulations to Hossein Fazeli!

Presenting at EuroNanoForum

Join our team

26 April 2021 - New Master projects are available in our team.

Check out these projects here.

Interview for SIM2

15 April 2021 - Veerle Vandeginste gives an interview for the KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals (SIM2), of which she has become a member.

In this interview, Veerle explains more about her research activities and her view on the importance of multidisciplinarity.

You can read the interview here.

New publication

16 March 2021 - Our new paper on "Impact of second phase content on rock salt rheological behavior under cyclic mechanical conditions" is accepted in Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. Congratulations to Carla Martin-Clave!

Best Presentation Award

20 February 2021 - Dharmjeet Madhav receives the Best Presentation Award at the ICRAMC 2021 conference.

Sustainability Special Issue

20 February 2021 - Veerle Vandeginste is Guest Editor for a Special Issue on "Sustainable advanced and smart polymer materials". This issue is open for submission until 30 November 2021.

iR research group

Prof. dr. Veerle VandeginsteKU Leuven, Campus BrugesDepartment of Materials EngineeringSustainable Materials Processing and RecyclingContact Veerle Vandeginste