Jan Baeyens studied nuclear engineering (Brussels) and chemical engineering (Leuven). He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Postgraduate School of Powder Technology (Bradford, UK). After 13 years of employment in engineering divisions of various Belgian companies, he became a Part-Time Professor at the University of Leuven (B) and worked as a process and project consultant in Europe and overseas. He joined the University of Antwerpen (B) in 2003 as a Full-Time Professor, responsible for teaching and research in the fields of environmental, powder, and process technology. Between 2005 and 2011, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Birmingham (UK) and at the University of Warwick (UK) and continued to coordinate research in the above fields. He has contributed to over 150 publications in international journals, is author/editor of 12 books, and is a regular speaker at international congresses. His h-factor (> 1996) is 23, and citations exceed 2500. He started his research in the field of powder technology in 1970. As a Ph.D. degree student (1971–1974), he worked 3 years with Professor Geldart, mostly on heat and mass transfer principles and applications of fluidized bed systems. Throughout his industrial employment (1975–1988), he continued working in the broad field of powder technology (hopper design, pneumatic and mechanical conveying, mixing, calciners, and combustors). A considerable part of his research at the universities has thereafter also been devoted to powder technology, with applications of fluidized bed reactors (bubbling, turbulent, circulating) in gas-solid and gas-catalytic reaction engineering as major topics over the past 5 years. Since October 2010, he has been an Assistant Professor at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, where he is actively involved in research.
Biography Updated on 9 September 2012