Meet the team
EcoSynth is a chemistry-based company with scientists who have a passion for organic chemistry. The team of EcoSynth exists of experienced chemists (most of them have PhD level) with a broad array of skills, knowledge and experience.
Our Senior Scientists take care of the daily operations of EcoSynth's laboratory:
Dr. Bart Ruttens
Bart Ruttens obtained his PhD. in Organic Chemistry from Ghent University in 2001. He held postdoctoral positions at Ghent University, the NIH in Bethesda (MD, USA), and the Rega Institute in Leuven, after which he joined the Technology Development unit of Pronota NV (Zwijnaarde, Belgium), where he helped optimize the COFRADIC platform for biomarker discovery. In 2008 he became a senior postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Gevaert's group to work in the field of chemical biology and proteomics, with a focus on the synthesis of (modified) peptides and small molecules and reagents for peptide/protein modification. Current responsibilities at Ecosynth mainly involve design and synthesis of custom molecules.
Dr. ir. Tamara Meiresonne
Tamara Meiresonne graduated in 2009 from Ghent University as Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: Chemistry and Bioprocess Technology. From 2009 to 2015, she was a fulltime assistant at Ghent University, performing research on the synthesis of conformationally restricted amino acid derivatives and fluorinated heterocyclic compounds. In October 2015 she obtained her PhD degree, after which she joined the team of EcoSynth.
Dr. ing. Pieter Janssens
Pieter Janssens received a MSc in Chemical Engineering Technology at KaHo Sint-Lieven (2007) and a MSc in Chemistry at Ghent University (2009). His subsequent doctoral research at Ghent University, supervised by prof. Van der Eycken, was focused on the synthesis and evaluation of chiral ligands for asymmetric transition metal catalysis. Continuous-flow organic synthesis and (asymmetric) catalysis are his mean areas of interest.
Dr. ir. Wouter Debrouwer
After obtaining a MSc in Bioscience Engineering, Wouter Debrouwer performed his PhD research in the group of Prof. Chris Stevens at Ghent Unversity. In the Stevens group he focused on the synthesis of biologically relevant alpha- and beta-aminophosphonates. Having completed his PhD in 2015, he joined the group of prof. Alois Fürstner (Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany) for a postdoctoral stay. There he worked on the isolation and characterization of organogold intermediates in catalytic transformations. As of 2017 he left academia and joined EcoSynth.
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