Gitte Van Baelen
Research Leader at Agfa-Gevaert
Gitte Van Baelen is a Research Leader at Agfa-Gevaert, responsible for the Dispersion Development group, with expertise in optimising and upscaling dispersions, emulsions & solutions and in introducing these optimised processes into production. Scouting, testing and implementing (new) scaling-up and dispersion technologies is also her responsibility. Since dispersions are a key competence for Agfa, she holds a crucial position in many of Agfa’s projects and multidisciplinary teams.
Gitte graduated with distinction in 2004 from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) as a Master in Chemistry (Organic Synthesis). She was awarded a PhD scholarship, first a BOF-IWT (2004-2005) and later a IWT scholarship (2006-2009), and obtained her PhD in Science – Chemistry in 2009 at the University of Antwerp (UA). In 2010 she was awarded a one year post-doctoral NWO scholarship at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam). Immediately after her postdoc (2011), she started working at Agfa-Gevaert in her current position.
During her work in the Dispersion Development group, she has gained a lot of expertise in techniques and equipment to diminish particle sizes down to the sub-micron / nano scale, especially by wet milling. She also works closely together with the Dispersion Formulation group, the analytical department (mostly the physico-chemistry group of Bart Wuytens), the product developers, the engineering department and production. In this way Gitte not only gained a vast expertise in her own scaling-up domain, but she also established a profound knowledge of the possibilities and constraints of other departments and devices. This helps her to do her main job: translating laboratory formulation results into an optimised, full scale (re)producible product.