Pieter Billen

Tenure track docent


PhD, Engineering Science, Chemical Technology   (KU Leuven, 2015)
thesis: “Fluidized bed combustion of manure: technology improvement and sustainability assessment”

M.S. Management  (KU Leuven, 2012)
thesis: “Facebook: the end of privacy?”

M.S. Engineering Science, Chemical Technology (KU Leuven, 2011)
thesis: “Agglomeration and defluidization in a fluidized bed waste combustor”

B.S. Engineering Science, Chemical Technology  (KU Leuven, 2009)


UAntwerp assistant professor 02/2017 - present
KU Leuven postdoctoral researcher 10/2016-02/2017
Drexel University, USA research scientist  06/2015-10/2016
Drexel University, USA postdoctoral researcher and adjunct teaching professor 03/2015-06/2015
KU Leuven  PhD candidate 09/2011-02/2015


Research topics

Please refer to my main research interests

Research funding 

total funding as PI (UAntwerp and Drexel U) € 330 700
total funding as Co-PI € 359 050
total research funding granted from industrial or public (FWO, VLAIO, NSF) € 689 750

Research output

Please refer to my publication records via UAntwerp repository, Google scholar or ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-3546-0157


  • 17 accepted A1 publications
  • WoS h-index 7
  • over 25 conference contributions



  • Analytical Chemistry (instrumental: chromatography + spectroscopy) (3BA)
  • Coach in Scientific Project (2BA)
  • Coordinator and coach in The Company: entrepreneurial minor for engineering students 
  • Sustainable Material Recycling (1MA)