Multi-disciplinary team

The UGent team currently consists of 13 professors and their research groups:

  • Prof. S. Cottenier
  • Prof. P. De Baets
  • Prof. H. De Backer
  • Prof. W. De Corte
  • Prof. W. De Waele
  • Prof. L. Dupré
  • Prof. D. Fauconnier
  • Prof. S. Hertelé
  • Prof. L. Kestens
  • Prof. M. Loccufier
  • Prof. R. Petrov
  • Prof. K. Verbeken
  • Prof. P. Verleysen

A total of over 70 researchers and over 10 technicians is involved. 

The expertise ranges from fundamental material research to application-driven design of large structures. All groups are affiliated with the Faculty of Sciences and Engineering of Ghent University.

Collaborative R&D context

Metals is strategically allied with other partners and organisation to cover the fully supply chain in metals R&D.



Industrial Research Fund

The Metals consortium is one of the 27 business development clusters supported by the Industrial Research Fund (IRF or Industrieel Onderzoeksfonds (IOF)) of Ghent University. These business development clusters are the first liaison with industry and cover a broad spectrum of technology fields.

Each cluster is coordinated by a business developer and form together with the central Technology Transfer Office a large unit of about 50 people responsible for valorisation activities at Ghent University. The overall goal is to create societal impact through transfer or exchange of knowledge and technology.

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Affiliated partners

In view of long-lasting collaborations with other R&D organisations active in the domain of material research, 6 industrial partners are affiliated with the Metals consortium.


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Belgian Welding Institute - BIL

Welding techniques

Joining techniques

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CLUSTA Metal processing Logo clusta

Steel processing

New alloys

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High-throughput plaforms

Synthesis, formulations

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OCAS Metal applications and solutions Logo OCAS

Metal technology

Casting technology

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Several partners are linked through other platforms, such as

The goal of these partnerships is to enhance the service for our costumers by providing a one-stop point of access to metal know-how and technology, including the production and processing.