Joris W. Thybaut (°1975, Ghent Belgium) is full professor in catalytic reaction engineering at the Laboratory for Chemical Technology at Ghent University since October 2014. He obtained his PhD on Single-Event MicroKinetic (SEMK) modeling of hydrocracking and hydrogenation at Ghent University in 2002 after which he went to the 'Institut des Recherches sur la Catalyse' in Lyon, France, for a postdoc on high throughput experimentation. Prof. Thybaut actively investigates the rational design of catalysts and reactors for a variety of large-scale industrial hydrocarbon conversion reactions. Research projects range from bilateral contracts with industry up to government funded large scale integrated projects. A steady evolution from more classical refining reactions to renewables valorization has been established. Most recently, as part of bilateral collaborations the scope of the investigated chemistry is further being extended towards inorganic reactions, pharmaceutical applications and circular chemistry.