Rob obtained his PhD at KU Leuven in 2011. Afterwards he moved to the US, to work 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.
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 was part of the Marie Curie training network 'DEFNET'.
Alex is investigating the further fundamental elucidation of the chemical vapor deposition of metal-organic frameworks (MOF-CVD) and process scale-up as an industry-ready cleanroom unit operation. For the scope of his PhD studies, Alex extends the MOF-CVD process to new materials for high-value applications.
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 to enable integration in microelectronics and gas separation.
Giel's focus is on the development of one-dimensional photonic gas sensors for electronic device 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 detecting 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.
Jorid is Alex's master student working on the chemical vapor deposition and molecular layer deposition on MOF towards electronic device integration. He has worked as an intern at the DuEL Research Group at the University of Antwerp, doing experimental on photocatalytic materials.
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 October 2014 to September 2019
Ivo worked on thin film deposition of MOFs for integrated applications. His research has initiated the development of vapor deposition techniques for MOFs. He specializes in the 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 was supported by an FWO fellowship and the Belgian-American Foundation (MIT), and is co-supervising Alex' PhD.
Part of the team from January 2017 to September 2017
James' research interest revolved around the fabrication of membranes for gas separation processes using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). When he was in Leuven, James developed ultra-thin membranes using the novel MOF-CVD technique pioneered within the research group, tested them for gas separations in collaboration with Prof. Ivo Vankelecom.
Part of the team from October 2018 to November 2018
Marianne Kräuter was a visiting researcher from October-November 2018. At the time of her visit, she was affiliated with the Graz University of Technology, Austria, under the supervision of Prof. Anna Maria Coclite and Prof. Roland Resel.
Part of the team from May 2019 to August 2019
Olaya was a visiting student from the University of Vigo in Spain. Her work focused on the study of structural dynamism of coordination polymer compounds with different external stimuli, e.g., the effect of temperature of guest molecules.
Part of the team from June 2019 to September 2019
Supervised by Martin and Dmitry, Jessica was a visiting student from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She worked on the implementation of hybrid materials in optoelectronic devices.