Gustaaf Schoukens is a Professor of polymer technology, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University, Belgium. He received his degree in chemical engineering and also his Ph.D. degree from the K.U. Leuven, Belgium, in 1971 and 1978, respectively. The subject of his Ph.D. research was “Nonlinear viscoelastic behavior of dispersions.” Professor Schoukens worked as a Senior Researcher from 1978 to 2004 in the private industry (Solvay; Central Research Laboratory) in the field of polymerization and polymer processing. In 1994, he was a part time Lecturer at Ghent University where he taught polymer processing. In 2004, he became a full time Senior Lecturer at the same university teaching all courses concerning polymer technology, including processing and polymerization processes. He is also involved in the courses concerning environment and sustainable development, in general, and teaching the course of rational use of materials, in particular. He was elected Member of the year 2011 of the Princeton Global Network and holder of different Belgian Honorary Degrees. He is currently the Research Director of European Research Center for Artificial Turf (ERCAT) of the Ghent University. His research program includes polymer technology in general and polymer processing, including synthetic and biopolymers, in particular. His main research topics are now the development of artificial turf for sport applications, the development of biopolymers based on chitin or chitosan with biomedical properties, and the research on polymer nanoparticles in order to obtain the Lotus-effect on the coated surface.
Biography Updated on 24 May 2012