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Summer Schools 2019

While some are headed to the beach or a quiet villa for their summer holidays, some members of the Ameloot Group chose to do it the other way around.

Nathalie traveled to Lake Como in Italy to join the 1st International School on Advanced Porous Materials (MOFSchool) and learned about shaping metal- and covalent-organic frameworks into next-generation materials. The MOFSchool, jointly organized by the Universities of Insubria, Milano La Statale, and Granada, has made a great effort to encourage the participation of young, enthusiastic scientists from all over the world, and invited big names in the field as lecturers.

Rob was also there to present our group's work on MOFs entitled: "From the lab to the fab: bringing MOFs into microelectronics" spot the tallest guy in the photo below :)

Meanwhile, Alex went to Albuquerque in New Mexico to join the 2019 edition of the US Particle Accelerator School. This fully-funded workshop is an academically rigorous graduate-level program that provides training and workforce development in the S&T of particle accelerators and associated systems. International participation from various backgrounds (materials science, medicine, physics, and engineering) gathered for this week-long workshop.

Both Nathalie and Alex were competitively selected from hundreds of application on the basis of their potential in their respective fields.

More info on MOFSchool and USPAS

Olaya joins the group as a visiting scholar

Olaya Gómez-Paz joins the Ameloot Group starting May 2019. She is originally from Spain and has completed her undergraduate chemistry degree in Chemistry in 2016 at the University of Vigo. In 2017, she received her Master's degree in chemistry research and industrial chemistry from the same institution. She is currently a Ph.D. student of the inorganic chemistry department in Vigo and her research focuses on new metallosupramolecular systems that will be used as carriers of bioactive molecules. While in Leuven, Olaya will focus on the study of structural dynamism of her coordination polymer compounds with different external stimuli (temperature, pressure, etc.)

Alex bags Infineon Best PhD Pitch 2019

Alex once again showcased the power of MOFs before an interdisciplinary audience at Infineon Technologies in Austria. With this year's theme "Chip of the Future", Alex together with 7 other PhD students from Europe presented their research topic in a form of a short pitch to their peers, professors, and industry experts. The jury was convinced that the "dog's nose in your smartphones - next generation gas sensors" was the best pitch among the finalists.

Infineon Technologies organized the PhD pitch as a part of the Winter School 2019 which took place in their manufacturing site in Villach from February 28 to March 1.

Bart joins the group as Innovation Manager

The Ameloot Group warmly welcomes Bart van Duffel as the team's Innovation Manager. Bart’s mission is to create value for industrial partners based on the group's research output. He will also lead the intellectual property management domain of the team. He obtained his Ph.D. at KU Leuven in 2001, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Schoonheydton, with his work entitled "Composite Ultrathin Films" focused on optical applications. Bart has gained R&D and general management experience in the field of surface treatments and printing of materials and environment.

Alex wins the 2018 Brussels PhD Cup!

With his pitch entitled "A dog's nose in your smartphones - next generation gas sensors", Alex took home the crown in the recently concluded PhD cup in Brussels. After 2 rounds of selections, Alex won the jury's choice, besting 7 other finalists from the natural sciences and engineering, medicine and the social sciences and law domains.

The PhD cup challenges young scientists to translate their research to a three minute spiel, appealing and intelligible to a wide audience of different backgrounds.

Marianne joins the group as a visiting scholar

Marianne Kräuter will join the Ameloot Group for a month, starting October 2018. She will learn how to make ZIF-8 from ALD-deposited ZnO using different recipes, yielding a wide array of properties. Marianne recently started her PhD at the Graz University of Technology, Austria, under the co-supervision of Prof. Anna Maria Coclite and Prof. Roland Resel.

Five new PhDs join the Ameloot Group!

After doing their master's thesis at the Ameloot Group, five fresh Belgian researchers join the force as PhD students. They will be carrying out research on porous materials, atomic/molecular layer deposition, 3D printing for a variety of both fundamental and applied studies. (L-R) Giel, Nathalie, Pieter and Hanne received a Master's degree in Bioscience Engineering (Catalytic Technology), while Ruben (far right) was awarded with a Master in Bionanotechnology from KU Leuven in 2018. Building from their early-stage projects, they will work on developing materials for catalytic, biomedical, and environmental applications.

Alex bags best poster award @ VIU

As part of the 2018 edition of the International PhD Academy at the Venice International University on July 9, Alex bested 16 other finalists from other universities in Asia, Europe, and North America with his poster entitled “LAB-2-FAB: molecular layer deposition of microporous crystalline networks for sustainable manufacturing”. The week-long Academy held is an interdisciplinary program of activities aimed at facilitating discussion and exchange of ideas related to sustainable energy hosted annually in Venice.

The sessions gave the students an opportunity to discuss their research with students and professors working on related topics, in an international and interdisciplinary context.

More information can be found here.

Martin joins the group!

The Ameloot Group welcomes its newest team member, Martin Obst. Originally from Germany, Martin studied chemistry at the Universities of Freiberg and Jena. In 2018, he obtained his doctoral degree in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Burkhard König at the University of Regensburg, where he worked in the development of methods for solvent-free photocatalysis and organic synthesis in deep-eutectic solvents. In the Ameloot group, Martin will focus on surface coatings with ionic liquids and deep-eutectic solvents, which will then be used for certain specialized applications e.g. catalysis.

Ameloot Group welcomes Priss and Victor!

Priscilla Rocío-Bautista completed her Bachelor degree in Chemistry in 2012, and her Master degree in Chemistry in 2013, both at the University of La Laguna (ULL), Spain. She is currently a PhD student in analytical chemistry at the QAAMA group (, holding a FPI research fellowship (Project Ref. MAT2014-57465-R). Her research focuses on the use of metal-organic frameworks and other hybrid materials, including magnetic composites, in miniaturized devices and platforms for in situ environmental monitoring through integrated analytical microextraction approaches. During her stay in the Ameloot Group, she will study different deposition strategies of MOFs over metallic surfaces in an attempt to obtain MOF-based microextraction devices.

Víctor Rubio-Giménez graduated in Chemistry at the University of València ( in 2012 after an Erasmus research stay at Imperial College London ( In 2014 he obtained a master degree in Molecular Nanoscience & Nanotechnology at the University of València and then received a FPU PhD grant from the Spanish government. His current work at the UIMM ( and Funimat ( research teams focuses on the preparation of programmable SURMOF architectures and the study of their electronic properties. During his stay, Víctor will work exploring the fabrication of ultrathin films of electrically conductive MOFs via CVD to fabricate MOF-based electronic devices.


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