The interest of the Leyssens Research group lies in general Physical Chemistry and the practical application hereof to solve chemical and physico-chemical problems occuring both in research, as well as in industrial process applications. For now, two major areas are being developed in our group.
From a physico-chemical point of view, we are interested in understanding and developing crystallization processes, bringing from an early stage lab-scale up to industrial scale. To this goal we specialize in solid state studies (polymorphism, solvates, cocrystals, ...), phase diagrams, as well as an online understanding and upscaling of the crystallization process for the final selected crystal form.
From a chemical point of view we are currently developing our interest in the understanding of homogeneous catalytic cycles, with the goal to optimize these cycles.
As our goal is to understand and to engineer ('crystal engineering' or 'catalyst engineering'), we strive to combine different areas of physical chemistry such as experimental kinetic studies, thermodynamic studies (phase diagrams) and theoretical studies (ab initio).
For a more detailed description you can visit our website at www.uclouvain.be/leyssens-group