Abfallwirtschaft und Ressourcenmanagement


Dr. ir.

Philippe Nimmegeers


Philippe Nimmegeers (°1991) is postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Applied Engineering (iPRACS, led by Pieter Billen) and at the Faculty of Business and Economics (EnvEcon, Department of Engineering Management, led by Prof. Steven Van Passel) of the University of Antwerp. He received a PhD in 2018 in engineering science from KU Leuven with summa cum laude with congratulations of the Board of Examiners, graduated master in engineering science: chemical technology in 2014, cum laude. Current research themes: development of generic quantitative sustainability assessment methodologies to study, design and optimize process systems and value chains (over the spectrum of technology readiness levels), in terms of (economic, environmental and societal) sustainability, by combining concepts from environmental economics, information theory, and model-based multi-objective optimization.

In his PhD work, he worked on numerical methods for dynamic optimization of (bio)chemical processes under stochastic parametric uncertainty. During his time at KU Leuven as PhD researcher, he also worked on other research topics in the domains of process modelling, model-based optimization and process systems engineering as: (i) optimization under uncertainty, which resulted in collaborations with the group of Prof. Ali Mesbah (University of California, Berkeley) and the group of Prof. Boris Houska (ShanghaiTech University), (ii) modeling human digestion in collaboration with the group of Prof. Serafim Bakalis (University of Birmingham, research stay in March 2016), (iii) online model calibration and model-based control, (iv) multi-objective optimization and (v) multi-scale modeling of biochemical processes with metabolic networks.

After receiving his PhD, Philippe Nimmegeers joined BASF Antwerpen N.V. where he worked as advanced process control engineer for 2 years and 1 month (October 2018 – October 2020). At the global competence center for advanced process control, he identified, defined, initiated and executed automation projects for process optimization at different plants within BASF. In addition, he obtained a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and was also member of the Sustainability Council of BASF Antwerpen N.V.

Driven for his passion for academic research Philippe Nimmegeers joined the University of Antwerp in November 2020. There he works in the field of quantitative sustainability and techno-economic assessments and combines this with his expertise in chemical engineering, multi-scale process modelling and model-based multi-objective optimization. Currently he is working on two projects, related to quantitative sustainability assessments for biofuels and the production of biopolymers.

From September 20, 2021 until January 20, 2022 Philippe will be a visiting researcher at the institute of Water Quality and Resource Management of TU Wien, funded by the FWO (Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen). Philippe will be working together with Prof. Helmut Rechberger on the development and application of statistical entropy based methods for generic quantitative sustainability assessments.