After postponing last year's teambuilding, the entire group was very enthusiastic about this year's edition. Adventure awaited, our first activity took us to the forests of Herent for a game of archery tag. Afterwards we went to the centre of Leuven for a delicious beer and chocolate tasting. We ended the day with a wonderful diner. We already look forward to next year's edition!
Víctor received the best PhD thesis 2019 award from the Nanoscience and Molecular Materials Group of the Spanish Chemical Royal Society. The award was handed during a ceremony held at Universidad Complutense de Madrid last Friday, in which he also had the chance to present some of his postdoc work in the group.
Alex was awarded his PhD after successfully completing the public defense of his thesis entitled "Metal-organic frameworks by vapor deposition processes".
His PhD is a joint degree from the KU Leuven (PhD in Bioscience Engineering) and the VUB, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Doctor of Engineering Sciences, with the highest distinction). The team is looking forward to working with Alex on several planned outreach activities on science communication.
Again, congratulations Alex!
Alex won the people's choice award in the 2020 edition of Falling Walls Lab on 28th September at Kinepolis Leuven. He is one of the two national finalists who will represent Belgium in the International Falling Walls Lab convention in November.
Falling Walls Lab is an annual congress where master students, PhD candidates, postdocs, and junior professors present their innovative research in 3 slides in 3 minutes' time.
Two homegrown researchers will soon start their interdisciplinary Ph.D.s with a prestigious fellowship from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Both working on the vapor-phase deposition of MOFs, Margot and Jorid will tackle the integration of these materials in next-generation gas sensing devices in an applied and fundamental approach, respectively.
Heartfelt congratulations from the Ameloot Group and we're looking forward to the amazing research from these two talented young materials scientists!
Alex is one of the 13 researchers selected by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) to represent the region in the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) this year. ESOF is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Attended by renowned scientists from all over the world, ESOF brings together 4,500 leading researchers, innovators, government bodies, journalists, and educators from over 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.
More information about ESOF2020: https://www.esof.eu/en/about-855/intro-to-esof.html A feature article about the Voice of Early-Career Researchers on Research Culture: https://www.euroscientist.com/voice-early-career-researchers/
The complete list of awardees from Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Sweden. and Germany: https://www.euroscience.org/news/travel-grants-to-attend-esof2020/