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Caroline Lievens (1977) has a dual function at ITC since October 2015: head of the Geo-Science Laboratory (https://www.itc.nl/geoscience_laboratory) and assistant professor in the Earth Systems Analysis Department in the Faculty of Geo-information and Earth Observation.

Caroline Lievens earned a PhD degree in Chemistry from the Centre of Environmental Sciences (CMK) at Hasselt University in Belgium. In 2007, Caroline successfully defended her PhD work: “Valorization of heavy metal contaminated biomass by fast pyrolysis”. Caroline Lievens also obtained 2 MSc degrees:

1. Chemistry (2000 - Ghent University): thesis: Jaarlijkse stralingsdosis-bepaling in de luminescentie-datering via Ge en NaI(Tl) gamma-spectrometrie en neutronenactiveringsanalyse, Promoter: Prof. Dr. F. De Corte.

2. Soil Science (2002 - Ghent University - ITC, Physical Land Resources): thesis: Retention of heavy metals in soils of Flanders, promoters: Prof. Dr. E. Van Ranst, Prof. Dr. Ir. F. Tack

After her PhD, she worked for two years at ECN (Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands) on gas cleaning after biomass gasification for the production of Syngas. In 2010 Caroline started post-doc research at Curtin University (Fuel and Energy Technology Institute, Perth, Australia) where she was responsible for the development of new analysis techniques for biomass and pyrolysis products, the analysis and characterization of pyrolysis products and upgraded products, and the use of biochars as soil amendment. While in China, at NICE (National Instititute of Clean-and-low-carbon Energy, 2012-2013), she was project leader of the project ”Fundamental study of brown coal pyrolysis”, during which she was in charge of a small team tasked with designing experiments to characterize brown coal and to generate a plan for optimizing oil production via brown coal pyrolysis. In July 2013, Caroline returned to the Netherlands, for a post-doc position at Twente University, Chemical Engineering (TNW-SPT) as project manager of a catalysis project: catalytical upgrading of pyrolysis oils for the production of fuels. Further she was involved in research projects with Shell.

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Expertise

Analytical techniques: advanced understanding of ICP/OES, CHNOS analysis, FT-Raman spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, TGA, TG/FTIR, TG/MS, GC/MS, Pyrolysis-GC/MS, TD/GC/MS, UV-Fluorescence, GPC, XRD, XRF, calorific value determination, chlorine determination, viscosity measurement, acid digestions of organic materials, bomb combustions and ashing methods of pyrolysis products 

Method development for analytical procedures for characterization of biomass and minerals.

Alternative (green) energy: Pyrolysis of biomass for the product and fuel production, Geothermal Energy

Teaching

Caroline lectures geochemistry, analytical chemistry, with the emphasis on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of minerals and biomass to support and/or validate remote sensing results and model calculations. 


• Teaching topics in the Applied Earth Sciences (AES) and Water Resources and Environmental Management (WREM) programs: basic chemistry, mineralogy, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, field sampling, data processing. 
• Module coordinator for module 5 (Geochemistry and Geophysics) of the Applied Earth Sciences postgraduate diploma course. 
• Coaching and supervision of MSc and PhD research
• Education activities in the Geo-Science Laboratory 
      o Facilitating chemical and soil research for Applied Earth Sciences (AES), Water Resources and Environmental Management (WREM) and Natural Resources Management (NREM) MSc and PhD students. 
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Research Output 2006 2019

  • 1218 Citations
  • 22 h-Index
  • 37 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 2 Abstract
  • 1 Poster

Electron microprobe combined with spectral techniques application in geothermal exploration

Deon, F., van Ruitenbeek, F. J. A., Lievens, C., Hecker, C. A., Harijoko, A., van der Meer, F. D., Wilke, F. & Bruhn, D., 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther research output

Open Access
File
electron probe analysis
clay
X-ray diffraction
travertine
capacity building
2 Downloads (Pure)

Geothermal exploration in Indonesia based on Mineralogy and Hydrothermal Alteration

Deon, F., Lievens, C., Barnhoorn, A., Welink, C., Imaro, T., Ryannugroho, R., Reyhanitash, E., Bruhn, D., van der Meer, F. D., UTAMI, R., Sibarani, B., Hecker, C. A., Appelt, O., Wilke, F., Daud, Y. & Den Hartog - Muharamiah, T., 2019, IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science: 7th ITB International Geothermal Workshop (IIGW2018). IOP Publishing Ltd., Vol. 254. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

Open Access
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Geochemistry
Mineralogy
Geothermal fields
hydrothermal alteration
Petrology
Tin mines
Bearings (structural)
Abandoned mines
Tailings
Rare earth elements
1 Citation (Scopus)

A case study: what is leached from mallee biochars as a function of pH?

Lievens, C., Mourant, D., Hu, X., Wang, Z-Y., Wu, L., Rossiter, A., Gunawan, R., He, M. & Li, C-Z., 1 May 2018, In : Environmental monitoring and assessment. 190, 5, 12 p., 294.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Leaching
leaching
Soils
Biomass
biomass
1 Citation (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)

Toward an on-line characterization of kaolin calcination process using short-wave infrared spectroscopy

Guatame Garcia, L. A., Buxton, M., Deon, F., Lievens, C. & Hecker, C. A., 2 Nov 2018, In : Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review. 39, 6, p. 420-431 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Kaolin
kaolin
infrared spectroscopy
Calcination
Infrared spectroscopy