interfacial and surface engineering Research

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 interfacial and surface engineering for sustainable functional materials, in particular coatings. 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

Vandeginste, V. (2021) Food waste eggshell valorization through development of new composites: A review. Sustainable Materials and Technologies, 29, e00317. doi: 10.1016/j.susmat.2021.e00317

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


ATIPIC Technical day

2 December 2021 - Veerle Vandeginste attends the ATIPIC / AFTPVA technical study day in Wevelgem, Belgium

Invited guest lecture

1 December 2021 - Veerle Vandeginste delivers a talk on advanced materials for smart buildings, at China University of Mining and Technology

Invited guest lecture

24 November 2021 - Veerle Vandeginste presents the group's research on fluid-rock interaction in geothermal reservoirs and implications for carbon storage, at China University of Mining and Technology

Invited guest lecture

20 November 2021 - Veerle Vandeginste presents the group's research on the impact of second phase content on the behaviour of rock salt under cyclic mechanical loading, at a Jiangsu Province event, China

Dr Jones

4 November 2021 - Many congratulations to Freya Jones for successfully defending her PhD thesis on "The effect of heterogeneity in sedimentary properties on fluid flow behaviour at the pore scale"!

PhD opportunity

1 November 2021 - We have an open position for a PhD in Electronic textile batteries. If you are interested, apply here

Invited plenary talk

9 October 2021 - Veerle Vandeginste delivers an invited plenary talk on "Advanced materials for smart buildings" at the IEEE Conference on Technologies for Future Cities 2021

FWO PhD fellowship

8 October 2021 - Many congratulations to Dharmjeet Madhav for being awarded an FWO PhD fellowship strategic basic research!

EMIRI Focus Groups

5 October 2021 - Veerle Vandeginste becomes a member of EMIRI Focus Groups on "Batteries" and on "Digital and integration technologies for clean energy and mobility"

Dr Belshaw

20 September 2021 - Many congratulations to Grace Belshaw for successfully defending her PhD thesis on "Rock-fluid interactions in geothermal reservoir systems and the implications for carbon sequestration"!

Research Afternoon

15 September 2021 - Dharmjeet Madhav presents his research at KULAK. His poster was one of the five preselected for the poster pitch award (amongst 74 posters).

Sustainability Special Issue

21 July 2021 - The impact factor of Sustainability has increased to 3.25. Submissions are invited for the Special Issue on "Sustainable advanced and smart polymer materials" until 30 November 2021.

New publication

9 July 2021 - New paper on "Food waste eggshell valorization through development of new composites: A review" is accepted in Sustainable Materials and Technologies.

Dr Martín-Clavé

1 July 2021 - Many congratulations to Carla Martín-Clavé for successfully defending her PhD thesis!

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 EngineeringSurface and Interface Engineered MaterialsContact Veerle Vandeginste