Team Members

Dr. Frank De Voeght Dr Frank De Voeght (° 1955) obtained his PhD in physical chemistry in 1983 at the University of Antwerp. His expertise lay mainly in the field of interfacial chemistry and fluid dynamics.
Frank built an industrial career of 25 years as senior scientist and R&D manager at Agfa. He was involved in the development of high speed multi layer coating technology and the development of several graphic arts and industrial imaging films. He was responsible for the product and business development of the high performance industrial inkjet inks.
Frank’s main interests include: coating technology and formulations, inkjet ink formulations and digital printing, dynamic interfacial and surface phenomena, rheology and colloid chemistry.
Together with Roland and Geert, he founded ChemStream bvba in 2010.
Dr. Roland Claes Dr Roland Claes (° 1959) obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry in 1986 at the University of Leuven. His expertise lay mainly in the field of organic and inorganic photochemistry.
Roland built an industrial career of 23 years as senior scientist and R&D manager at Agfa. He was involved in the development of several graphic arts and industrial imaging films. He was responsible for the product development of UV-curable industrial inkjet inks.
Roland’s main interests include: coating formulations, inkjet ink formulations, digital printing, 3D-printing, combinatorial experimental design.
Together with Frank and Geert, he founded ChemStream bvba in 2010.
Dr. Geert Deroover Dr Geert Deroover (° 1966) obtained his PhD in organic chemistry in 1994 at the University of Leuven. His expertise lay mainly in the field of organic synthesis, analytical organic chemistry, molecular modelling and physicochemical approaches in material science.
Geert worked for 15 years as a senior scientist in the core R&D departments of Agfa. He was responsible for the research and development of functional dyes and pigments for several graphic arts, industrial and medical imaging films; dispersion technology; molecular modelling and project management of strategic interdisciplinary IWT R&D programs. The impressive publication / patent list are a confirmation of the innovative scientific approach.
Geert’s main interests include: crystal, colorant and dispersant design; organic synthesis; colloids and particle surface chemistry; formulation technology; molecular modelling; experimental design; high throughput screening and physico(chemical) analysis. Together with Roland and Frank, he founded ChemStream bvba in 2010.
Dr. Els Mannekens

Dr. Els Mannekens (° 1973) obtained her PhD in medicinal organic chemistry in 2001 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The main focus lay on the synthesis and modeling of peptide mimetics.
After her studies Els worked for 8 years at Agfa. 5 Years were spent in the analytical R&D department where she was active in molecular structure elucidation by using analytical techniques as MS, LCMS, GCMS, NMR, etc. During the following 3 years she developed inkjet inks for industrial inkjet printers. After her time at Agfa, Els got the opportunity to lead a team in the Color & Tinting lab of AkzoNobel (Decorative Paints) where she explored the color matching techniques for the development of color recipes in the mixing machine market.
Els’s main interests include: coating technology and formulations, inkjet ink formulations and digital printing, organic chemistry, colorimetry, project & people management.
Els joined the ChemStream team in 2012.

 
Dr. Veerle Goossens

Dr. Veerle Goossens (°1981) graduated as Master in Chemistry in 2003 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She then went on to obtain a PhD in Applied Material Sciences with her theses called: ”Appearance of coated steel surfaces: Development and Characterization of Model systems”. The main focus was the study of thin coatings with optical characterization techniques and using that information to predict reflection properties.
After finishing her PhD Veerle worked for 6 months as a Regulatory Affairs Officer studying cosmetic, biocide and pharmaceutical legislations. In 2009 she joint the R&D team in a cosmetics company, where she was active in product development and research into new cosmetic formulations.
Veerle’s main interests include: Plasma cleaning, optical spectroscopy, coating technology and formulations, surface characterization and emulsions.
Veerle joined the ChemStream team in 2011.

 
Dr. Yolanda Justo

Dr. Yolanda Justo (°1982) graduated as a Master in Chemistry in 2006 at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). Afterwards, she worked for 2 years at Tecnalia research institute in San Sebastien (Spain) as part of the aerospace unit, developing materials for extreme temperatures.
In 2009, she started her PhD on synthesis and characterization of semiconductors nanocrystals at the Ghent University. She graduated in 2012 with a thesis entitled: Near-Infrared nanocrystals for optical signal handling: from synthesis to layer formation. Subsequently, she started a postdoc at the UGent on upscaling of nanocrystals synthesis by means of an automated liquid handler.
Yolanda’s main interests include: Nanotechnology, colloidal chemistry, optical spectroscopy, inkjet printing, inkjet inks and coatings formulations.
Yolanda joined the ChemStream team in 2015.

 
Dr. Iris Wauters

Dr. Iris Wauters (°1988) graduated as Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Chemistry and Bioprocess Technology at Ghent University in 2011. Subsequently, she was granted an FWO scholarship and performed research in the field of organic chemistry on the synthesis of brevianamide F analogous, cyclic dipeptides from tryptophan and proline.
In 2015 she obtained her PhD “Diversity-oriented synthesis based on the brevianamide scaffold for the development of physiologically active compounds”. Her expertise lays mainly in the field of organic synthesis, analytical organic chemistry and renewables.
Iris joined the ChemStream team in 2016.

 
Dr. Nils De Vos

Dr. Ir. Nils De Vos (°1987) obtained his Master Degree in Bioscience Engineering in 2009 at Ghent University. In 2013 he obtained his PhD degree in Bioscience Engineering, organic chemistry. The focus of the PhD thesis involved the development and synthesis of new ionic liquid types and the testing for different material applications. After his studies, Nils worked for two years at AvoRe, where he was responsible for the development of new technologies in the field of organic chemistry and water purification methods.
Nils's main interests include ionic liquids, organic synthesis, flow reactor synthesis, enzyme technology and structure elucidation.
Nils joined the ChemStream team in 2016.

 
Dr. Matthias Ceulemans

Dr. Matthias Ceulemans (°1988) graduated as a Master in Chemistry in 2011 at the University of Leuven. In 2016 he obtained his PhD in Chemistry with his theses called: "Development of Bimodal Contrast Agents for MRI and Optical Imaging". The study focuses on the synthesis and characterization of novel luminescent MRI contrast agents based on BODIPY dyes or luminescent lanthanide ions.
Matthias's main interests include: optical spectroscopy, organic chemistry, coating technology and formulations, inkjet printing and inks.
Matthias joined the ChemStream team in 2016.