The Particle and Interfacial Technology Group (PaInT) is a research group within the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, which focuses on characterization and practical applications of particles and interfacial phenomena and technology. We are currently applying our know-how in the fields of:
- Physico-chemical water treatment
- Formulation of (multiple) emulsions
- Membrane-based processes
- Surfactant behaviour in aqueous media with specific focus on vesicles
An important application on the interfacial phenomena and technology side is physico-chemical treatment of drinking, waste- and process water streams, with the majority of the projects focusing on drinking- and process water treatment.
Besides, the PaInT group has been involved for several decades in research related to preparation, stabilization, characterization and application of dispersed systems, such as (nano)suspensions, (multiple) emulsions, and vesicular dispersions. As far as characterization is concerned, the group has built up experience with several particle sizing techniques, including dynamic light scattering, laser diffraction, pfg-NMR, electrical sensing zone, Time-of-Transition, Tunable Resistive Sensing Pore. Current food-related research topics include multiple emulsions (W/O/W), protein-polysaccharide complexes, as well as heat stability of protein-stabilised emulsions, whereas stabilisation of nanosuspensions, as well as liposomal encapsulation are important aspects for pharmaceutical applications.
PaInT is currently headed by 2 senior academics and has a combined research and technical staff of around 20-25 members.