• Project coordinator


logo_UGent_on-whiteGhent University coordinates the project and leads the development and integration of furnace system innovations through pilot plant testing and advanced process simulation (kinetic modeling and CFD modeling). Furthermore, Ghent University will be involved in the scaling up study as well as in the sustainability assessment of the new technology.

Dr. Prof. Kevin Van Geem is the project coordinator



  • Partners

AVGI leads WP5. Briefly described, this WP intends to benchmark the current state of the art of steam cracking furnaces, and to then evaluate the benefit that the developments all the other IMPROOF partners bring into the project, when compared to the current benchmark. Using COILSIM1D, AVGI will be able to give a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the techno-economic, environmental and operational advantages of these developments, which will be validated by means of the tests carried out in the other WPs.

AVGI will give a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the techno-economic, environmental and operational advantages of developments made in IMPROOF.

The involved people are Ismaël Amghizar and David J Brown.  



Ayming, with UGENT, helps the partners to focus on their R&D activity by following up the project (strategic, admin and financial). Ayming also participates in the dissemination of the results through the stakeholders management and networking.

On the project outcome valorization activities, Ayming focuses on the exploitation and commercialization of the project results.  Pre-business plan, key technology identification as well as ecosystem analysis and benchmark are proposed to clearly design the quickest route to the market. On this aspect, intellectual property will also be managed by Ayming to assure IP capture and ultimately propose a complete freedom to operate to the whole consortium.



CERFACS is a leader of CFD applied to turbulent reacting flows and performs simulations of furnaces and reactors to understand the physics and evaluate the impact of new technologies. The involved people are Dr. Bénédicte Cuenot and Dr. Eleonore Riber.



LRGP-CNRS will produce reliable experimental data on the combustion of biogas and bio-oil surrogates.

Dr. Frédérique Battin-Leclerc, expert in detailed gas-phase kinetics, will be in charge with Dr. Olivier Herbinet and Hervé Le Gall.


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              The involved people are  Joost Van Thielen  and Linda Keijmel .




DOW will contribute to the upscale of the technology at commercial level.

Dr. Georgios Bellos will monitor trials and perform a statistical and modelling evaluation of the new technology in the field.


John Zink will provide demonstration testing of the combustion equipment in a test furnace that is representative of a steam cracker.

People involved are Gilles Theis, Ali Gueniche Hadj and Mike Henneke.



POLIMI's main role is the development of detailed kinetic mechanisms to model the combustion of the different fuels that will be adopted in the project.

The involved people are Prof. Tiziano Faravelli, Prof. Alberto Cuoci and Prof. Alessio Frassoldati.




The role of S+C in the project is to propose the ideal alloy for tubes and fittings for the radiant zone in relation with the changes in the process circumstances in the oxyfuel fired and emissivity coated furnaces.

Cor Visser, Dr. Jakobi Dietlinde, Dr. Jorg Weigandt and Sebastian Klein participate to the project.


Technip Energies’ main involvement is in the modelling of the cracking furnaces using their proprietary cracking furnace simulation program SPYRO® Suite 7, both for the demonstration furnace and for the future furnace including all the modifications required to achieve the targeted reduction of CO2 and NOx emission. In addition, Technip Energies will be performing the engineering of the new radiant coils for  the demonstration furnace, based on advanced 3D technologies. Furthermore, Technip Energies is  supporting the testing of the 3D reactor, CFD modelling of the cracking furnaces and will aid in the analysis of the pilot plant results.

People involved are Dr. Marco Van Goethem and Peter Oud .


  • Associate Partner


Emisshield will provide High Emissivity materials for refractory, ceramic fiber and metals along with assistant on spectral and hemispherical emissivity test procedures for the IMPROOF project.
Dr. John Olver and Dr. John Dillard will monitor the development and use of High Emissivity Materials and assist with the evaluation of such Materials in pilot scale and full plant  implementation studies.



“33rd Ethylene Producers Conference” – April 18-22, 2021, virtual conference

5 November 2020

The European Federation of Chemical Engineers (EFCE) Spotlight Talks

27 October 2020

Kevin Van Geem (UGENT), coordinator of IMPROOF, will give a talk for the European Federation of Chemical Engineering on 26 November (10h30-11h30) on the Electrification of the chemical industry. The exchanges will cover the benefits of applying industrial innovation practices and the many applications of electrification and process intensification in process industries. Detailed programme and free registration:  Read more

IMPROOF Workshop “32nd Ethylene Producers Conference” – Sunday 16 August 2020

12 February 2020

The IMPROOF consortium is pleased to announce the  IMPROOF workshop that will be held at Houston (USA) on Sunday 16 August 2020 online,  connected to the 2020 Spring Meeting and 16th Global Congress on Process Safety. Registration is open for all stakeholders from both industry and academia. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required on : We will share to the registered people the link to access to the webinar later on . The link will be available until 19th august, 2020.Read more

Discover the integrated model for energy optimization of steam cracking furnace

16 December 2019

Dow is organizing an Open Day with regards to the optimization of steam cracking furnaces. Therefore we are sharing with you an invitation to visit us at an Open Day event on January 29 in Terneuzen, The Netherlands. During the event, we will feature a newly expanded portfolio of innovative studies to meet future industry requirements in terms of energy optimization and CO2 emissions. We are presenting the developments of the EU funded IMPROOF project. Experts from European Universities and leading technology developers will present their contributions towards the future ethylene furnace. The experts will be present at the event to address your questions. •                   Event opening from Jamie Cohen, Dow EMEA R&D Director •                   Keynote presentation on the Chemical Industry under the 4th Industrial Revolution, Rafael Cayuela, Dow Chief Economist •                   Overview of IMPROOF, G. Bellos and Prof. K. van Geem •                   Lectures on biofuel firing kinetics, oxy-fuel combustion, high emissivity coatings, radiant coil technology advancements and low emission furnace design will be given by IMPROOF partners from Politecnico di Milano, John Zink, Cress BV, Gent University, Schmidt and Clemens, Technip and Dow •                   Plant tour by bus •                   Event closure Register, no later than 20th December in order to attend our sessions during the event: Read more

IMPROOF Workshop – 27-28 january 2020 and DOW Open Day 29 january 2020

8 October 2019

The IMPROOF consortium is pleased to announce the two-day IMPROOF workshop that will be held on 27-28 January 2020 at the Laboratory for Chemical Technology in Ghent, Belgium. Registration is open for all stakeholders from both industry and academia. Participants can register for one or two days: Day 1: Computational Fluid Dynamics assisted Process Intensification (27 January 2020) Day 2: Novel Technologies in Steam Cracking Furnaces (28 January 2020) Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required: : However, due to the limited capacity of the event, participants who register but fail to attend will be charged a no show fee of € 50 (except for valid reasons).  Read more