Group News

Mikhail @ ALD2020 Student Awards

Mikhail wins a spot in the list of candidates vying for the ALD student awards at the 20th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD2020).

In collaboration with imec and Heidelberg Instruments Nano in Switzerland, Mikhail will present his work entitled, "Resistless Lithography Based on Local Surface Modification of Halogenated Amorphous Carbon".

The student awards have been established to recognize outstanding research performed by a graduate student in areas of interest to Atomic Layer Deposition. The ALD student finalists have been chosen from the submitted student abstracts and will receive a $500 award upon completing the competition. Competition for the award requires an oral presentation during the ALD 2020 Virtual Meeting. The best presenter will win $1,000 cash prize and a certificate.

Congrats, Mikhail, and all the best for the finals!

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MOFs @ Science Figured Out

Alex explains in a very accessible way what we hope to do with MOFs. This short production is part of the science outreach initiative by Scriptie vzw.


Aleksander joins the Group!

Aleksander received his PhD at the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia with his thesis entitled, "Inkjet printing and structure-property relations of ferroelectric thin-film structures". In the Ameloot Group, he will be researching the fundamental electrical and dielectric properties of MOFs and their implementation in advanced electronic applications as ultra-low-k dielectrics and in gas sensing devices.

Tim defends his PhD

Timothée successfully defends his PhD entitled, "Metal-organic framework powders and thin films by vapour-phase processing" on December 13, 2019.

Well done, Tim!

More details on his PhD can be found here.

Ameloot Group welcomes new members!

This fall, we welcome new group members working on various projects on MOF thin films and 3D printing. (L-R) Bart, our new lab manager, will ensure the smooth and safe operations in our facilities in both Leuven Chem&Tech and the NanoCentre, while Fei joins the 3D printing workforce.

We would also want to congratulate Lore and Giel for their FWO Ph.D. fellowships, and Victor for his grant as a postdoctoral researcher in the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Seal of Excellence.

More information on FWO and the available grants and support it provides can be found here.

M.Sc. thesis students join the force!

This year, seven brilliant and dynamic M. Sc. students from the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering join the group for their master thesis projects.

(top, L-R) Jochen, Emilie, Laura, Jonas, (bottom, L-R), Jorid, Margot, and Dieter will be working on different projects on new deposition technologies for metal-organic framework thin films and their applications in gas sensing and membrane technologies, as well as 3D-printed platforms for catalysis and point-of-care diagnostics.

We are so enthused to welcome our biggest batch of students (so far!) and we are looking forward to having fun in the lab (and in the cleanroom) with these kiddos!

Alex wins Best Poster @ESRF workshop

With 100 participants from different synchrotron users, Alex's poster, entitled, "An integrated cleanroom process for the deposition of large-area MOFs" was chosen as the Best Poster in the recently concluded workshop at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble. The mini-conference, with the theme, "Emerging synchrotron techniques for characterization of energy materials and devices", focused on the application of established and emerging synchrotron experimental techniques to understand questions in energy materials. The ESRF scientists also introduced new opportunities following the ESRF-Extremely Brilliant Source upgrade.

More information on the workshop, the book of abstracts, and the conference program can be found here.

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

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.


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