Dr. Jan Vaes
Dr.ir. Jan Vaes holds a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from KU Leuven (Belgium), where he also completed his PhD in electrochemistry. He started as a corrosion consultant to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries before joining imec as an R&D engineer in 2005. In this role, he developed process steps for semiconductor and solar cell manufacturing. In 2012 he started as Technology Director at Hydrogenics On Site Generation division, where he led to the development and engineering of alkaline and PEM water electrolysis systems, from basic component research to full system integration. Since 2018, Jan has been a programme manager in VITO’s Sustainable Chemistry business unit, focusing on electrosynthesis of chemicals and e-fuels for energy storage.