Julien Blondeau received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in 2005. He started his career as a design engineer at Tractebel Engineering, for nuclear and combined cycle power plants, before joining back the team of Pr. Jeanmart at UCL in 2008, as a teaching assistant. His Ph.D. thesis on biomass combustion was developed in collaboration with Laborelec, the research center of ENGIE, where he started working in 2012 as an expert, and then as a Technology Manager, in the fields of combustion, flue gas treatment, and emission monitoring. In 2016, he was appointed as a professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), in the fluid mechanics and thermodynamics research group FLOW to proceed with his research on experimental combustion.
Julien Blondeau is active in experimental combustion, with a focus on solid fuels. His industrial background makes him sensitive to operational issues and pollutant emission control. Through a combination of pilot and full-scale testing, he and his team aim at ensuring that theoretical and numerical models are fed with accurate inputs and are validated against relevant data. Operational characterization of biomass and waste, as well as particulate matter and NOx emissions are his current main topics of research.