• CAMURE 12- ISMR11

    12th International symposium on catalyst in multiphase
    and 11th international symposium in multifunctional reactors.

    8-11 September 2024

Registration is open! You can access the online registration form here .

The formal notifications of acceptance will be send soon. The tentative program can be found here .

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Local Organizing Committee

The conference will be organized by LCT.
The Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) is one of the few research centers that can claim to fully cover the chemical engineering research field from molecule to chemical plant. The research is focused on the design of new and the optimization of existing industrial processes in the field of transport fuels, energy carriers and functional materials. New feedstocks, e.g. renewables, new processes, e.g. controlled radical polymerization and vortex reactor technology, and new functional materials, e.g. nanostructured polymers and catalysts are aimed at.

For more info please visit the LCT website: https://www.lct.ugent.be/


prof. dr. Joris Thybaut
prof. dr. Kevin Van Geem
prof. dr. Mark Saeys

Local organizing committee

prof. dr. Jeriffa De Clercq - Ghent University
prof. dr. An Verberckmoes - Ghent University
prof. dr. Patrice Perreault - Univeristy of Antwerp
prof. dr. Bert Sels - KU Leuven
dr. Ekaterina Makshina - KU Leuven

International organising committee

Chairman: prof. dr. Claude De Bellefon - CPE Lyon
Co-Chairman: prof. dr. Faïçal Larachi - Laval University

Plenary Speakers

prof. Jesus Santamaria - Universidad de Zaragoza Can heterogeneous catalysis change the way we treat cancer?
prof. Louise Olsson - Chalmers The importance of catalysis for future biorefineries.
prof. Enrico Troncon - Politecnico di Milano Advancing Catalytic Processes for the Energy Transition: Joule-Heated Structured Reactors as a Key Solution for Decarbonization and Intensification.

Keynote speakers
Jan Kopyscinski McGill University CO2 capture and utilization: From catalyst development and kinetic assessment to reactor design
Sebastien Leveneur INSA Rouen From kinetic model to process simulation: production of levulinate
Pedro Castano KAUST Multifunctional fluidized bed reactors: overview and case studies
Josephine Hill The University of Calgary Solid Acid Catalysts for Esterification Reactions – Challenges with Stability of Acid Sites
Saif Khan National University of Singapore Intensified Mesoscale Flow Reactors for Catalytic Multiphase and Photoredox Reactions
Leen Braeken KULeuven Process intensification: The potential and challenges of acoustic droplet based reactor systems
Ezgi Toraman Penn State Catalysis for chemical recycling of mixed plastics
Regina Palkowits RWTH Aachen University Heterogeneous Catalysis as Key Technology for Circular Economy – A Spotlight on Renewable Feedstocks and Hydrogen
Leon Lefferts University of Twente The complexity of kinetics of plasma-catalytic reactions

Symposium history.

The first CAMURE (Catalysis in Multiphase Reactor) meeting was launched in 1994 (Lyon-France), followed by other venues in Toulouse (France )1998, Naples (Italy) 2000, Lausanne (Switzerland) 2002, Portorose (Slovenia) 2005. In 2005, in correspondence of the Symposium held in Portorose CAMURE was merged with ISMR (International Symposium on Multifunctional Reactors). The previous ISMR meetings were taken at Amsterdam (The Netherland) 1999, Nuremberg (Germany) 2001, Bath (United Kingdom) 2003. After 2005 the two merged symposia were held at Pune (India) 2007, Montreal (Canada) 2009, Naantali (Finland) 2011, again Lyon 2014, Quindao (China) 2017 and an online symposium in 2021 (Milano, Italy). The reason of merging the two symposia was the idea that enlarging the platform of discussion on respectively multiphase catalytic systems and multifunctional reactors can produce a positive synergetic effect in both the fields. CAMURE and ISMR joined Symposia offer an international interdisciplinary forum for exchanging information about the progress achieved in the world on: catalysis in multiphase reactors and on the behavior of multifunctional reactors considering in particular the importance of: catalytic action, chemical kinetics, heat and mass transfer and hydrodynamics in reactor modeling. These topics have been gradually enriched considering many other different aspects such as: process intensification, catalysts design, membrane reactors, bioreactors, bio catalysis and sustainable chemical processes with the scope to favor the interdisciplinary scientific and technological approach to all the mentioned topics. The International Scientific Committee (ISC) is composed of well reputed scientists operating in the field and active in the symposium organization. After the symposium held in China (2017) the ISC is coordinated by two elected chairmen that are Prof. Claude De Bellefon (France) and Faiçal Larachi (Canada).

Conference Theme.

All relevant topics related to multiphase and multifunctional reactors are obviously included but contributions concerning the topics below will be hosted in the program:


TOPIC 1 - Catalysis and Kinetics (micro-scale)

TOPIC 4 - Low carbon technology

-What is the structure/nature of the active catalyst under reaction conditions? -How can novel energy efficient processes be designed ?
-How do promotors enhance catalyst activity and selectivity? -How can CO2 be used for the synthesis of basic chemicals?
-Can we develop design rules to control catalyst performance? -To which extent can CO2 , water, and renewable energy be used for synthetic fuels?
-What is the effect of a realistic feedstock on catalyst performance? -How can direct catalytic conversion of methane (bio-methane) into chemicals and building blocks be realized?
-How can we contribute to the development of smartly engineered materials?

TOPIC 2 - Reactor design (meso-scale)

TOPIC 5 - Renewable chemicals

-Which shifts in reactor operating conditions will improve the reactor performance? -How to ensure an adequate rational catalyst design in combination with high-throughput kinetics for renewable feedstock processing?
-What are the consequences of the smallest shift in reactor technology on the interplay between chemistry and hydrodynamics? -How to efficiently deal with key aspects, such as the presence of O-atoms, in the extension of modeling methodologies from conventional to alternative, renewable feeds?
-How to develop and validate numerical models to study reactor improvement and design,given costly and time-consuming experimental research? -What are the critical properties to control the activity and selectivity in liquid phase reactions?
-Can we reliably extrapolate laboratory-scale kinetics to commercial scale operation for renewable chemicals?

TOPIC 3 - Process development (large-scale)

TOPIC 6 - Process intensification

-How do you scale-up a technology in a sustainable way? -How can the energy demand of processes be reduced?
-How can you transfer data from lab scale to industrial scale and what is the accuracy? -What alternative energy supply, hydrodynamic lay-out, operational strategy, can be recurred to for reducing the process footprint?
-How can product compositions be measured on-line (for complex mixtures) ? -How can different functionalities (reaction, separation, phase change,…) be integrated into a single unit?
-How do we develop simulation tools that give users accurate results within fractions of seconds? -What does it take to enhance the throughput of a process at the same (or even a reduced) operational cost
-How can we characterize complex solids and liquid feedstocks and relate this with detailed models? -How can electrification of chemical processes result in reduced GHG emissions?
-How will plastic waste recycling contribute to circularity?

Program .

Sunday 08/09

Registration, welcome lecture & reception

Monday 09/09-Wednesday 11/09

Keynote lectures & oral presentations
Poster sessions
Conference dinner

The tentative program can be found here .

Abstract .

The abstract submission is now closed, and the revision process is finished. In the first weeks of June authors will be notified about the acceptance status of their abstracts.

Registration .

Student registration: 400 EUR early bird / 550 EUR late registration
Regular registration: 600 EUR early bird / 800 EUR late registration

All registration prices include VAT. Early bird registration is available until June 30, 2024.
You can access the online registration form here .

The following terms and conditions apply to your registration.



CAMURE-12&ISMR-11 will take place in Ghent, city of medieval ages and contemporary development. Ghent offers you a quirky, fascinating cultural cocktail brimming with rich history, culture and a trendy city vibe. Ghent is a chilled-out city where anything goes: a city break on a human scale. Take a look at all the sights in the vibrant city of Ghent. There are so many must-see attractions to visit. When the sun goes down, Ghent is transformed with fairy-tale lighting. Find B&Bs, design hotels and distinctive boutique hotels, no-frills hostels and chic apartments in Ghent. There are a lot of options near the venue.


The conference venue will be Thagaste. Thagaste is a unique location in a magnificent monastery where fathers live and work. In addition to a wide choice of event rooms full of character, there are special art treasures, a beautiful courtyard, the historic library and the baroque church with its valuable organs. More info can be found on their website: https://thagaste.be


Ghent is located at the intersection of the E17 and E40 and is therefore easily accessible by car and bus. With two train stations in the city and the international airport of Zaventem 'Brussels Airport' less than an hour away, train and plane are certainly an option. The conference venue is located in the historical center of Ghent. It is 2,5 km from the nearest railway station and is accessible by tram or car. There is a parking nearby.

Accomodation .

The CAMURE-12 & ISMR- 11 conference will be held in "Thagaste" in the center of Ghent. There are a lot of hotels in the area where you can book a room for your stay. Here you can find a list with more info and a link to book your room.
The CAMURE-12 & ISMR-11 team is not resposible for the booking of your accomdation.

Hotel Category Distance Book
Ghent Marriott 4**** 650 m
NH Gent Belfort 4**** 750 m
Ghent River Hotel 3*** 700 m
Ibis 3*** 1km

Other accommodation options can be found through services as Airbnb or Booking.com, or through the website of the Ghent tourist office:https://visit.gent.be/en/overnight-stay

Sponsors .

If you wish to participate to the Sponsorship Programme of CAMURE12-ISMR11, please contact camure.ismr@ugent.be for details. You can find the sponsor brochure here

Thank you to our sponsors!

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If you have any enquiries about CAMURE12- ISMR11, you can contact us by using the form below or by sending a mail directly to camure.ismr@ugent.be