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Ameloot Group welcomes Dmitry Kravchenko!

Ameloot Group welcomes Dmitry Kravchenko!
Dmitry Kravchenko has joined the Ameloot group. His doctoral work will focus on the fabrication of thin films and membranes by means of MOF-CVD process for microelectronics and gas separation. Dmitry graduated from the Department of Chemistry of Moscow State University. There he worked on fabrication of zeolite membranes and catalysis on MOFs. During his studies he also did internships in the groups of Prof. De Jong (Universiteit Utrecht) and Prof. Gascon (TU Delft). Welcome aboard, Dmitry!

Photopatterning MOFs - ChemComm

Photopatterning MOFs - ChemComm
Encoded fluorescent particles are fabricated through the selective uptake of dyes in photopatterned metal-organic framework single crystals. The concept is based on spatially controlled photochemical cleavage of pore-blocking pendant groups. Because of the crystalline and porous nature of the host, this approach enables guest uptake that is tunable and can be triggered though controlled irradiation.

MOFs in electronics - ChemSocRev

MOFs in electronics - ChemSocRev
Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are typically highlighted for their potential application in gas storage, separations and catalysis. In contrast, the unique prospects these porous and crystalline materials offer for application in electronic devices, although actively developed, are often underexposed. This review highlights the research aimed at the implementation of MOFs as an integral part of solid-state microelectronics.

Alex Cruz joins the group!

Alex Cruz joins the group!
Alexander John Cruz will soon be joining the Ameloot group. His doctoral work will focus on the further fundamental elucidation of the MOF-CVD process and subsequent upscale reactor engineering. Alex completed a degree in chemical engineering at the University of the Philippines. He was awarded with the President’s Graduate Fellowship by the National University of Singapore (NUS) where he pursued advanced studies in chemical and biomolecular engineering and management of technology. Alex worked on heterojunction photovoltaics and metallization formulation chemistry at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore in NUS. Prior to pursuing a scientific research track, Alex was a Refinery Energy and Benchmarking Advisor for Royal Dutch Shell. Welcome aboard, Alex!

CrystEngComm paper

CrystEngComm paper
In this report, Bart looked at the water-induced transformation of the [Zn2(dobdc)] (dobdc = 2,5-dioxidobenzene-1,4-dicarboxylate) metal-organic framework UTSA-74 to its polymorph MOF-74(Zn), contrary to a previous report on the stability of UTSA-74 under such conditions. This dissolution-recrystallization process was investigated in close collaboration with the Stock group (CAU Kiel, DE) using time-resolved in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction data collected at PETRA III (DESY, Hamburg), which were kinetically analyzed using the Gualtieri crystallization model.

Cesar Parra joins the group!

Cesar Parra joins the group!
Cesar is originally from Mexico, and recently completed his postdoctoral appointment at the Folch lab (University of Washington, Bioengineering Department) under the supervision of Prof. Albert Folch. He explored the use of 3D-Printing (in particular, stereolithography) to fabricate microfluidic devices. Cesar’s experiments have aimed at advancing the resolution of the 3D-Printing process, as well as the biocompatibility and transparency of the resins employed in the printing. Previously, Cesar completed his PhD in Biomedicine and Microfluidics at the University of Barcelona, under the supervision of Dr. Antoni Homs (now in ICN2). He did his research at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) in the Nanobioengineering group where he developed microfluidic devices with integrated biosensors for the detection of specific biomarkers. He also did a short stage in the group of Micro and Nanosystems of Prof. Wouter van der Wijngaart at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) at Sweden. In our group, Cesar will focus on 3D printing of microfluidic devices. Welcome Cesar!

BiR&D Multi-Disciplinary PhD Award for Ivo!

BiR&D Multi-Disciplinary PhD Award for Ivo!
The Belgian Industrial Research and Development Board (BiR&D) attaches great importance to industrial valorisation and societal relevance. The yearly BiR&D Multi-Disciplinary PhD Thesis Award is granted in recognition of a PhD thesis that presents an original and multidisciplinary contribution with potential industrial valorisation and societal relevance.

James Campbell joins the group

James Campbell joins the group
James Campbell is joining our group having undertaken a year of post-doctoral research funded by the Dean of Engineering Prize at the University of Nottingham. While at Nottingham James’s research focused on the fabrication of gas separation membranes composed of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as part of Dr Begum Tokay’s research Group. James obtained his PhD at Imperial College London, under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Livingston, researching the fabrication of hybrid polymer/MOF membranes for OSN applications. James was recently awarded the 2016 annual award for the best journal paper on Membrane Science and Engineering from the European Membrane Society for his paper entitled for his paper "Fabrication of hybrid polymer/metal organic framework membranes: mixed matrix membranes versus in situ growth" published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. In our group James will focus on the fabrication of ultra-thin MOF membranes fabricated via a MOF-CVD process for gas separations. Welcome James !

MOF paper for sustainable lactic acid recovery !

MOF paper for sustainable lactic acid recovery !
Timothée’s ChemSusChem paper demonstrates how the superior adsorptive properties of porous and crystalline metal-organic framework (MOFs) offer novel and sustainable alternatives for the recovery of biobased fermentative products. This paper resulted from a collaboration with the De Vos group, Stock group (CAU, DE) Bein group (LMU, DE).

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