The Centre was established in 1996 by the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), with the financial support of the European Union and the Walloon Region. It is located at Seneffe, in the south west of Belgium.
UCL transferred on its site in Seneffe the expertise of three laboratories, which had an ancient tradition of innovation and industrial collaborations in chemistry. These laboratories are the unit of chemistry and physics of polymers, the process engineering unit, and the catalysis and chemistry of divided materials unit.
In 1999, the Centre has been unified and became independent, turning into an independent non-profit organisation. Its Board includes acamedic founders as well as professionals from both the civil society and the industry.
A Scientific Committee, composed of leading academics, is providing scientific validation of projects, wheras an Industrial Committee orientates Certech activities towards the current and future market needs.
Certech employs 39 high-level scientists and combines a top class analytical expertise with a deep understanding of the domain of activity of its industrial customers.