About us

The Leuven Institute for Beer Research (LIBR) is embedded in the University of Leuven and unites specialized KU Leuven laboratories with a proven track record of expertise in beer- and beverage research and development in one unique research center. LIBR facilitates the transfer of innovative technologies in the domain of beer and beverage products that result from multidisciplinary research to a practical and/or industrial application.

Focus

LIBR focuses on fundamental and applied projects and research that can lead to industrial applications and respond to the need for increased productivity, quality and innovation of the brewing industry. We can rely on continuous support of the KU Leuven Department of Knowledge and Technology Transfer to build strategic alliances that assist in the protection and licensing of intellectual property and valorization of new technologies.

Vision

LIBR is an interface that is open for the needs and demands of our industrial partners and offers them solutions and opportunities in a pro-active way with attention for high-quality scientific research.

Mission

LIBR wants to facilitate the transfer of innovative technologies in the domain of beer and beverage products that result from multidisciplinary research to a practical and/or industrial application

Benefits & Value

We offer a multidisciplinary environment for research and development directed towards technologies with practical applications in the beer and beverage industry and direct access to top experts for innovation and support. LIBR is the gateway to participation in a network of high-quality R&D in various research programs at national and international level. Via partnering we can offer you access to funding, an extra tool to stimulate and accelerate valorization of new technologies.

Members



Laboratory of Enzyme, Fermentation and Brewing Technology (EFBT)

KU Leuven Association, KaHo Sint-Lieven University College, Chemistry & Biochemistry Research Group, Gent, Belgium

The Laboratory of Enzyme, Fermentation and Brewing Technology (EFBT), headed by Prof. Guido Aerts, has a long tradition of intensive cooperation and project elaboration with the brewing industry. EFBT has extensive high-end analytical facilities which are used to analyze raw materials like barley, hops and hopproducts (acids, essential oils, polyphenols) and a state of the art fully functional 5 hl. beer brewery. Their research focuses on development and implementation of hop aroma technology, hoppolyphenols (Dr. Luc De Cooman), flavorstability of beer and its relation with raw materials, development and evaluation of specialty beers via directed diversication of pilot brewings, new (natural) anti-oxidants and mixed fermentation based on classical spontaneous fermentation (lambic).

For more information, please contact Prof. Guido Aerts: guido@libr.be

Laboratory of Genetics and Genomics

KU Leuven, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics, Leuven (Heverlee), Belgium.

The laboratory of Genetics and Genomics, headed by Prof. Kevin Verstrepen, combines theory and experiment to investigate how biological systems work. Genetics, genomics and systems biology are used to improve industrial processes, with special emphasis on fermentation. They collaborate with industrial partners looking for improved yeast strains, more efficient fermentation, specific natural aroma's, flocculation, etc.

For more information, please visit the laboratory website: www.kuleuven.be/verstrepen/en or send an email: kevin@libr.be

Laboratory of Microbial Malt Technology (M2T)

KU Leuven, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Centre for Food and Microbial Technology, Leuven (Heverlee), Belgium.

The Laboratory of Microbial Malt Technology (M2T), headed by Prof. Guy Derdelinckx, has a strong reputation in the identification of wild microorganisms that originate from the malt and beer environment and their metabolites (in particular hydrophobins) and focuses on sanitary conditions of cereals involved in malting and fermented beverages and the corresponding biotechnological consequences. They have strong expertise in CO2 binding in Belgian speciality beers with a high CO2 content (7-10 g/L) and perform nanoscale research using molecular models. Scientific understanding of the primary gushing phenomenon in beer in order to prevent primary gushing is an example of recent fundamental research with applied spin-off.

For more information, please contact Prof. Guy Derdelinckx: guy@libr.be

Laboratory for Process Microbial Ecology & Bioinspirational Management

KU Leuven Association, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems, Lessius University College Mechelen, Belgium

The laboratory for Process Microbial Ecology & Bioinspirational Management, headed by Prof. Bart Lievens and Prof. Kris Willems, develop and apply molecular techniques to study the structure and functioning of complex microbial communities as well as specific members thereof. Techniques include, for example, terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP), DNA array technology, 454 pyrosequencing, whole genome sequencing, RNA seq and phenotypic microarray (PM) technology. Using these techniques the research group focuses on microbial community ecology of both natural and engineered ecosystems with a special interest in the survival and spread of potential pathogens and spoilage organisms. Examples of studied processes include characterization of microbial community dynamics during malting and fermentation.

For more information, please contact Prof. Bart Lievens: bart@libr.be

Dr. ir. Gino Baart

Dr. ir. Gino Baart
Industrial Research Manager

Prof. Kevin Verstrepen

Prof. Kevin Verstrepen
Executive Director
Laboratory of Genetics and Genomics,
VIB Laboratory of Systems Biology

Dr. Luc De Cooman

Prof. Luc De Cooman
Laboratory of Enzyme, Fermentation and Brewing Technology

Prof. Guy Derdelinckx

Prof. Guy Derdelinckx
Laboratory of Microbial Malt Technology

Prof. Bart Lievens

Prof. Bart Lievens
Laboratory for Process Microbial Ecology & Bioinspirational Management