Rob obtained his PhD with Prof. D. E. De Vos (KU Leuven) in 2011. Afterwards he moved to the US, to work in the group of Prof. J. R. Long at UC Berkeley. Since Oct 2014, he is active as a research professor (BOF-ZAP) at KU Leuven.
His main research interests are: porous materials, crystal engineering, thin films, new materials for microelectronics, 3D printing.
Ivo works on thin film deposition of MOFs for integrated applications. His research has initiated the development of vapor deposition techniques for MOFs. He specializes in characterization of thin films by physisorption techniques and is eager to demonstrate future gas sensing applications. Other research interests include: photochemical functionalization of MOFs, patterning and electronic devices. Ivo is supported by a FWO fellowship.
Min obtained his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Roland Fischer at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) in 2015. Currently he is a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Rob Ameloot, supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-Individual Fellowship. His research focuses on MOF thin films deposition and their integration for solid-state lighting and chemical sensing.
Sabina obtained her PhD at University of Vigo (Spain) in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. E. Vázquez-López. Afterwards she moved to the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Barcelona (Spain), to work in the group of Prof. Daniel Maspoch. Sabina research interests are metal-organic frameworks, single-crystal crystallography and crystal engineering. At KU Leuven, she develops MOF-on-MOF hybrids for membrane separation and studies their hetero-epitaxial structural relationship.
Mikhail is exploring new strategies for integration of MOF-CVD into nanoelectronics devices. The elucidation of the link between surface topography and its functionality on assembly of metal organic frameworks forms the core of his study. His past PhD research hosted at imec/KU Leuven under supervision of Prof. Stefan De Gendt and Prof. Mikhail Baklanov was centered on the integration of porous self-assembly based organosilica coatings as ultra low-k dielectrics into metallization levels of on-chip interconnects. One of the key aspects of the PhD research was plasma stability and mechanical reliability of porous materials. The acquired experience in characterization of thin porous films and in their implementation on device level together with his passion for new functional materials drives him to the immense world of metal-organic frameworks where device concepts are yet in their infancy.
Max completed his doctoral degree in Physics at the Technical University Dresden in 2014. He then moved to the Solar Center of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology working on material characterization and interfacial studies on organometal halide perovskite, metal oxide, and organic semiconductor materials by UPS/XPS. In 2016, he moved back to Dresden and worked on the elementary steps of electrical doping of organic semiconductors at the Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials. In the Ameloot group, Max’ is focusing on sensor development employing metal-organic frameworks in photonic crystal and ChemFET structures.
Martin obtained his doctoral degree in Chemistry at the University of Regensburg where he worked on the development of methods for solvent-free photocatalysis and organic synthesis in deep-eutectic solvents. In Ameloot Group, he is extending this work on surface coatings with ionic liquids for catalytic applications.
João focuses on post-synthetic ligand exchange in metal-organic frameworks. His goal is to unravel the mechanism behind such framework dynamics and exploit the process to fine-tune catalytic sites and adsorptive properties. João is part of the Marie Curie training network 'DEFNET'.
Timothée works on the synthesis and deposition of thin films of porous materials (metal-organic frameworks, porous organic cages) for integrated applications (e.g. low-k dielectrics, volatile organic compounds gas sensors). His other research interests include liquid-phase adsorption and catalysis with metal-organic frameworks. Timothée is supported by a SB grant from the FWO - Research Foundation Flanders.
Alex is investigating the further fundamental elucidation of the metal organic framework-chemical vapor deposition (MOF-CVD) process. His focus is on the functional control of the interaction of non-equilibrium chemistry, phase transitions, and physical molecular transport, pivotal to upscale reactor engineering. For the scope of his studies, Alex will advance the MOF-CVD process for renewable energy and environmentally benign processing applications.
Hanne did her thesis at the Ameloot Group where she worked on the 3D-printing of microfluidic reactors for catalytic applications. Now she will start her PhD here, where she will be developing a method to improve the efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) through 3D printing. This project will be in collaboration in with Prof. Dimitrios Sakellariou.
Dmitry’s research focuses on solvent-free fabrication of thin films made of micro- and mesoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). In particular, he concentrates on the use of vapor phase conversion of inorganic precursors. The rich chemistry of MOFs allows for fine-tuning of the properties of the resulting films, which makes them promising for microelectronics and gas separation.
After finishing her Master project at the Ameloot Group, Nathalie will continue her work on the fabrication of metal-organic frameworks membranes for gas separations. To achieve an ultra-thin selective layer, MOF-CVD technique pioneered in our lab will be applied. Also, the influence of MOF-on-MOF structures on the separation selectivity will be studied. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Ivo Vankelecom at the KU Leuven Membrane Research Group.
Pieter did his Master thesis at the Ameloot group working on porous organic templating to access new chemistries and explore different types of hierarchical porous material integration. For his PhD, he will focus on demonstrating shape selectivity in electrocatalysis by employing ALD-based bottom-up design strategy for electrodes. The PhD project is in collaboration with Prof. Dirk De Vos and his research group.
Giel completed his master’s thesis with the group focusing on the application of porous organic cage molecules for low-k dielectric films. Continuing for his PhD, the focus will now be on the development of one-dimensional photonic gas sensors for mobile applications. Using the MOF-CVD technique, nanometer thin layers of MOF and oxide will be alternatingly stacked to build distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs). These sensing elements will allow to detect trace components in breath to perform pre-diagnostic disease screening.
Elif's work is on the use of inkjet-based methods to optimize supported catalysts, with a special focus on materials based on ceramic supports. Apart from new experimental techniques, she will develop a method for the interpretation of the results through simulation studies.
Bart van Duffel – Innovation Manager
Bart 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. He has gained R&D and general management experience in the areas of surface treatments and printed materials. As an 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.
Part of the team from January 2017 to September 2017
James research interest was in the fabrication of membranes for gas separation processes using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). These porous materials have the potential to offer improved separations, with lower energy requirements than traditional thermal-based separations (such as distillation or cryogenic separations). When he was at Leuven, James developed ultra-thin membranes using the novel MOF-CVD technique pioneered with the research group, tested them for gas separations in collaboration with Prof. Ivo Vankelecom.
Part of the team from September 2017 to March 2018
Mariana studied a BE in Chemical Engineering at UAM-Azcapotzalco (Mexico) and obtained her MSc at Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM under the supervision of Prof. Enrique Lima, working on the modification of cellulose surface with different amino acids to improve its reactivity. Currently part of Prof. Lima's group, she is pursuing her PhD degree developing heterogenous catalysts from layered double hydroxides. Mariana also collaborates with Prof. I. Ibarra's group with the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks and their application on gas adsorption. As part of a doctoral stay and a collaboration, Mariana will be working with thin films of ZIFs among Ameloot group. Her main interests focuses on layered doubled hydroxides and metal-organic frameworks synthesis and characterization, as well as their application as catalysts.
Part of the team from February 2018 to June 2018
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 in the same institution. 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.
Part of the team from February 2018 to June 2018
Víctor Rubio-Giménez graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a master in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology University of València. He then received a FPU PhD grant from the Spanish government in the same institution his current work focuses on the preparation of programmable SURMOF architectures and the study of their electronic properties. In his short stay in the Ameloot Group, Victor is exploring the fabrication of ultrathin films of electrically conductive MOFs via CVD to fabricate MOF-based electronic devices.
Part of the team from October 2018 to November 2018
Marianne Kräuter is a visiting researcher from October-November 2018. She recently started her PhD at the Graz University of Technology, Austria, under the supervision of Prof. Anna Maria Coclite and Prof. Roland Resel.
Part of the team from September 2015 to June 2016
Niels worked on new types of porous materials under the supervision of Ivo Stassen and Timothée Stassin. In the frame of this research, Niels spent some time with Prof. C. Doonan (University of Adelaide). Niels is now a process engineer working in the food industry.
Jasper was a thesis student under Timothée Stassin's supervision from September 2016 to June 2017. His research focused chemical vapour deposition of metal-organic framework thin films and its application in sensing devices. Jasper is now working as a management consultant for an international firm.