Dr. Tim Duerinck


PhD in Science summa cum laude 2009 – 2013 Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Doctoral Training Program 2009 – 2013 Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Master in Chemistry cum laude 2007 – 2009 Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Bachelor in Chemistry cum laude 2004 – 2007 Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Marie Curie Fellow, 2014, FP7-IOF
Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation and Hoover Foundation Brussels, 2013
Long stay abroad research fellowship grant by FWO Vlaanderen, 2012


Tim Duerinck was born in Bornem, Belgium and raised in Sint-Amands. He received his Bachelor and Master degree in Chemistry at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. During his studies he was engaged in student associations and took several classes at Universiteit Gent in the field of organometallic synthesis & catalysis. He pursued doctoral studies at the same university in the field of chemical engineering – adsorption – under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Denayer. By doing so he expanded his skill set significantly from a pure chemist towards an engineering profile. During a research visit at the group of Prof. Dr. Calero he acquired a background in computational chemistry, more specific in Monte Carlo simulations. In 2013 he graduated as a Doctor in Sciences with the degree summa cum laude.

Tim Duerinck is also an active member of the Royal Flemish Chemical Society (KVCV) and the European Young Chemists’ Network (EYCN). His active involvement in the youth section lead to the co-organization of many scientific lectures, interactive workshops for the general public and the co-organization of the Chemistry Conference for Young Scientits (ChemCYS). Tim has acted as chair for the ChemCYS conference in 2012.

In the immediate future, Tim will hold positions at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA), Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussel, Belgium) as part of his Belgian American Educational Foundation and Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship.

Research Interests

My research is all about nanoporous materials and adsorption: what are their properties and how can we use them? I study these materials and their adsorption and/or separation potential in a systematic way. A combination of theoretical work, experimental measurements and modelling techniques allows me to fully unravel the (a) selective adsorption process at a molecular level. Currently, I'm trying to expand my expertise from the domain of studying these nanoporous materials to include the rational design and synthesis thereof.