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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.

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.

Team Ameloot warmly welcomes Elif Persembe!

Elif is the newest member of Ameloot group! Her doctoral project will be on 3D printing of porous materials for heterogeneous catalysis. Through her PhD project, the use of inkjet-based methods will be explored for the optimization of supported catalysts. Special attention will be devoted to catalysts based on ceramic supports. Apart from new experimental techniques, a methodology will be developed for the interpretation of the results through simulations. She did her MSc at Bilkent University under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Emrah Ozensoy on the dehydrogenation of formic acid to produce ultra-pure H2(g) from formic acid aqueous solutions under ambient conditions (i.e. at room temperature), in the absence of any additives and with high CO-poisoning tolerance. Under the supervision of Prof Emiel Hensen and Dr Evgeny Pidko at Eindhoven University of Technology, she worked on the evaluation of supported Platinum-Rhenium bimetallic catalysts for selective hydrogenation of ester, with the primary objective of making it highly efficient.

Benzheng Xia joins the Ameloot Group!

Ameloot Group welcomes Benzheng Xia! His PhD will focus on the synthesis of MOFs via solvothermal and MOF-CVD methods to explore different electrical properties. Before arriving in Leuven, he was a research assistant at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, working on organic photoelectric functional materials and devices.

Mikhail Krishtab joins the force!

Mikhail Krishtab is a new member joining our group as a postdoc researcher. During his Master and PhD research, Mikhail was exploring various classes of porous materials for their application as low-k dielectrics in on-chip interconnects. His research involved evaluation of mechanical, electrical, chemical, optical and structural properties of thin porous films as well as of their compatibility with integration processes, mainly plasma etching. Supervised by Prof. Mikhail Baklanov and Prof. Stefan De Gendt, Mikhail Krishtab developed a new approach for damage-free integration of self-assembly based mesoporous organosilica coatings. His activities and interests span over wide range of microfabrication processes and thin film characterization techniques among which ellipsometric porosimetry takes the central place. As the class of metal-organic frameworks became an appealing candidate for replacement of silica-based low-k dielectrics, Mikhail's research touched on evaluation of dielectric properties of various MOF films prepared by liquid phase epitaxy (in collaboration with the group of Prof. Woell) and by solvent-free metal/metal oxide conversion (in collaboration with the group of Prof. Ameloot). In our group, Mikhail will investigate the impact of surface pattern and its functionality on nucleation and crystallization of CVD MOFs targeting applications in nanoelectronics devices.


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