I graduated as a chemical engineer at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2002 and I started my professional career as a researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. B. Van Mele at the department of Physical Chemistry and Polymer Science (FYSC).
A few years later, in 2004, I started a PhD in Chemical Engineering, "Investigation of Inorganic, Organic and Hybrid Nanoparticles by Diffusion Ordered NMR Spectroscopy", in the High Resolution NMR Centre (HNMR) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel under the supervision of prof. dr. R. Willem.
In 2009 I left Belgium to start a post-doctoral fellowship on the "In Situ Evaluation of the Interfacial Affinity between Inorganic Nanoparticles and Organic Ligands in Suspension" in the Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris (LCMCP) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and Collège de France, Paris, France, under the supervision of prof. dr. C. Sanchez and dr. F. Ribot.
Since 2012, I have rejoined the group of prof. dr. B. Van Mele at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on a post-doctoral fellowship on "Adhesion and Delamination Mechanisms of Multilayer Organic Field Joint Coatings on Carbon Steel" under the supervision of prof. dr. B. Van Mele and prof. dr. G. Van Assche, in collaboration with the Technische Universiteit Delft and Heerema Marine Contractors.
Carbon steel pipelines to transport hydrocarbons installed in the sea need to be coated for corrosion protection on the one hand and for insulation to maintain the temperature of the pipe contents on the other hand. At first, this polymer coating is factory applied to the whole length of the pipe, but afterwards cut back (ca. 40 cm) at the ends of each section (12 m) to allow the offshore welding ...
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