Kristof obtained his PhD in chemistry, with a thesis on the development of synchrotron-based micro-XANES spectroscopy used for micro-and trace analysis of materials (2004, University of Antwerp, Belgium).
From 2004 to 2009, Kristof worked as an R&D chemist in the Glass Lamination Solutions business unit at DuPont (in Mechelen, Belgium, and Wilmington, US)
In 2009 Kristof joined a start-up specialized in the development and production of EVA encapsulants (Puurs, Belgium). As the CTO he was responsible for R&D, intellectual property, (contract) manufacturing and customer support of EVA encapsulants in Europe and China. Also several new encapsulant patents were developed.
Since 2017 Kristof focusses on consultancy (encapsulant and backsheet), development of IP FAB's lab and foil manufacturing next to trouble shooting of PV module lamination processes.
As cofounder Elise has been part of IP FAB from the very beginning. Elise holds a bachelor degree in paramedical sciences. She has a background in various commercial and operational functions in multinational companies but was also active in a start-up environment. Next to day-to-day activities such as lab testing, material sourcing and project management, Elise is focussing on all aspects of the operational management of the company.
Although IP FAB is a Belgian registered company, it obtained an accreditation of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Technology (“Le Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation”) as an R&D material specialist, resulting in tax reimbursements for French companies making use of our R&D services.