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Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering

Upper organisation
Ghent University
Academic Institution

Technologiepark 907
9052 Zwijnaarde (Gent)


Since 1 February 2017 the departments of “Materials Science and Engineering”, “Chemical Engineering and Technical Chemistry” and “Textiles” of Ghent University have merged into one new department : “The Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering” (acronym: MaTCh)

The creation of a structure with almost 250 employees offers many opportunities due to the multidisciplinary character and the presence of high-level fundamental and applied research together with academic education.  The knowledge and expertise of this department allow a strong interaction with (external) stakeholders which certainly can lead to a win-win situation for all parties involved.

MaTCh provides a wide range of services to the industry in the different laboratories:

Laboratories of MaTCh are member of the following networks:

  • ENMat: European Network of Materials Research Centres (
  • AUTEX: Association of Universities for Textiles (
  • Catalisti: Vlaamse speerpuntcluster voor chemie en kunststoffen (
  • ERIC: European Research Institute of Catalysis (
  • Eurokin: Excellence in commercial reaction kinetics (
  • EFCE European Federation of Chemical Engineering (
  • CFK Valley: network of excellence for the entire fiber reinforced composite value chain (  
  • Flam3D: Flanders Additive Manufacturing association (
  • Sampe: Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (  

Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering

Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering

Contact Person
Stijn Dekeukeleire
Chemical Technology
  • Mechanical testing equipment
  • Modelling software and computer infrastructure
  • Polymer processing equipment
  • Additive manufacturing equipment
  • Pilot plant for steam cracking
  • 2 high-throughput kinetics set-ups
  • TAP set-up (Temporal Analysis of Products)
  • 10 bench scale set-ups related to:
    • Thermochemical processes
    • Catalytic processes
    • Polymerization processes
  • (Access to) catalyst characterization infrastructure
  • GC x GC chromatography (TOF-MS/FID/NCD/SCD)
  • Bicomponent extruder: semi-industrial coextrusion line
  • Lisport XL machine for testing durability of artificial turf
  • Testing and measuring devices for artificial turf and other textile related materials
  • Physical and chemical testing equipment
  • Spectrometers: UV/VIS/NIR, FT-IR, FT-Raman
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) and Temperature Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimeter (MDSC)
  • Optical microscope with image processing system
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
  • Fabric Touch Tester
  • Different electrospinning pilot lines
  • Dynamic vapor sorption (DVS)
  • Viscosimeter
  • Coating line
  • Several dynamometers (ranges from 210 g to 50 kN)
  • Abrasion testers (Martindale, Taber, …)
  • Wear testers
  • Xenon tester
  • UV-tester
  • Thermal resistance testers
  • Electrostatic charging testers
  • High Performance Oxygen, Nitrogen and Hydrogen Analyzer
  • Thermal Desorption Mass Spectrometry
  • Vickers Hardness measurements
  • Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Salt Spray tests (ASTM B117.03)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Spark Emission Optical Emission Spectroscopy

The Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering can be contacted for different services:

Testing, such as:

  • Mechanical, physical and chemical testing of textile and related materials (e.g. fibres, yarns, fabrics, floor coverings, artificial turf, automotive textiles, plastics, wood, composites, …) according to national and international standards and special tests
  • Thermal analysis of fibre and polymer materials
  • Microscopy and spectroscopy of fibre and polymer materials
  • Polymer processing and material characterization
  • Recycling of polymers and composites
  • Additive manufacturing: testing and design
  • Access to experimental facilities (operation by UGent staff)
  • Product certification for flooring and geotextiles
  • Classification of textile floor coverings and artificial turf
  • Laboratory and field tests on artificial turf, accredited by FIFA, FIH and World Rugby
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Evaluation hydrogen/material interaction
  • Hardness tests
  • Tensile tests on metallic materials
  • Corrosion tests (ASTM B117.03)


Modelling, such as:

  • Mechanical modelling of composite materials
  • Thermal modelling of fibre and polymer materials
  • Multi-scale modeling of refining and (petro)chemical processes
  • Modelling and simulation of thermodynamic material properties (Factsage, Chemapp,…)




Consultancy and advice (e.g. on technological innovation) to SMEs, producers, traders and consumers


Trainings/workshops for industry



Service for Industry and SMEs