Wanted: Innovation manager

We are looking for an innovation manager to initiate, develop and support the valorization strategy in the field of membrane, surface and thin film technology supporting an interdisciplinary team of three professors (Ivo Vankelecom, Rob Ameloot and Bob Puers) from the Departments of Microbial and Molecular Systems (COK) and of Electrical Engineering (ESAT-MICAS).

The lndustrial Research Fund (lOF) of KU Leuven forms a bridge between strategic basic research, technological innovations and industrial collaborations. Based on cooperations with KU Leuven research groups, the University Hospital and different stakeholders from industry and society, we aim to broaden our valorization portfolio and to increase the transfer of knowledge. We have a team of more than 30 experienced innovation managers involved in the development of practical and innovative technological solutions based on the expertise and infrastructure of the research groups within KU Leuven/UZ Leuven.

Read more and apply here!

Ameloot Group takes part in HYCOAT

In January 2018, the training network HYCOAT was launched which will boost Molecular Layer Deposition (MLD) technology in four key European industrial sectors, namely packaging, electronics, batteries and biomedical applications.

A group of young researchers will work at 10 different institutes in 7 European countries. They will be trained to have a deep understanding of all aspects of the MLD coating technology, as well as a broad vision on the application potential of hybrid coatings. The network is led by Ghent University and funded by the European Union in the framework of the H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks.

The project aims towards new packaging materials with improved flexibility and stretchability, towards better materials for flexible electronics and thermoelectric devices for conversion of waste heat into electric power, towards safer and better performing batteries for mobile applications and wireless devices, and towards novel biomedical coatings designed for sensing, diagnostics and medicine delivery.

More information is available at and on Twitter@HYCOAT_ITN

Tech pioneers list by De Tijd

Rob was listed by De Tijd in their special issue on 'tech pioneers'.


Introduction of the issue by De Tijd:

"The technology of the future can be alluring or frightening. Far-fetched it is not. In labs and companies around the world many are hard at work to make it a reality. De Tijd visited 50 Belgians who are building the technology of the future, as scientists, managers, entrepreneurs, artists or philosophers."


Read Rob's interview here (in Dutch) or download the pdf.

Find the full list of 50 'tech pioneers' here.

Full article (.pdf) here



Big Bang!

Starting Oct 1, 2014 Rob will be appointed as BOF-ZAP tenure track professor at the Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis.

After spending time in the US, in the group of Jeff Long, Rob returns to Leuven to research porous materials in different sizes and shapes. Group members will be hired, equipment will be purchased, adventurous science lays ahead for the newly founded Ameloot Group!

But first: proposal writing time.


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