People

Current Members

Rob Ameloot

Group Leader

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.

Min Tu

Postdoc

Supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-Individual Fellowship, Min's research focuses on MOF thin films deposition and their integration for solid-state lighting and chemical sensing.

Cesar Parra

Postdoc

Cesar's research focus is on designing, simulating, fabricating, and characterizing 3D-printed microfluidic devices.

Mikhail Krishtab

Postdoc

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 the assembly of metal-organic frameworks forms the core of his study.

Max Lutz Tietze

Postdoc

Supported by an FWO postdoctoral grant, Max is focusing on sensor development employing metal-organic frameworks in photonic crystal and ChemFET structures.

Víctor Rubio-Giménez

Postdoc

Victor is working on the ultrathin film deposition of electrically conductive MOFs via CVD to fabricate MOF-based electronic devices. Following his short stay in 2018, he is awarded an FWO grant to continue his work in our group.

Martin Obst

Postdoc

Martin is working on surface coatings (e.g., MOFs) with ionic liquids for catalytic applications.

Aleksander Matavž

Postdoc

Aleksander is working on 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.

João Marreiros

Doctoral Student

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'.

Alexander John Cruz

Doctoral Student

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. He is also working on the novel process of the direct molecular layer deposition of MOFs for integrated applications.

He is also affiliated with imec and the Research Group Electrochemical and Surface Engineering Group at the VUB.

Hanne Vanduffel

Doctoral Student

Hanne is developing a novel method to improve the efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) through 3D printing. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Dimitrios Sakellariou.

Dmitry Kravchenko

Doctoral Student

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.

Nathalie Wauteraerts

Doctoral Student

For her PhD, Nathalie continues her Master's thesis project on the fabrication of metal-organic frameworks membranes for gas separations. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Ivo Vankelecom at the KU Leuven Membrane Research Group.

Pieter De Smedt

Doctoral Student

Pieter focuses on demonstrating shape selectivity in electrocatalysis by employing an ALD-based bottom-up design strategy for electrodes. The project is in collaboration with Prof. Dirk De Vos.

Giel Arnauts

Doctoral Student

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 is alternatingly stacked to build distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs).

Ruben Dochy

Doctoral Student

Ruben works on 3D-printed point-of-care diagnostic devices. His work includes device design and characterization, 3D printer modification, ink development, and bioassay implementation.

Benzheng Xia

Doctoral Student

Benzheng Xia is working on the investigation of the electrical properties of MOFs synthesized by solvothermal and MOF-CVD processes. His research interest is on novel materials for future electronic devices.

Elif Persembe

Doctoral Student

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 is developing a method for the interpretation of the results through simulation studies.

Lore Van Looy

Doctoral Student

After doing her M.Sc. thesis at the Ameloot Group, Lore is continuing on her work on 3D-printed platforms for biomedical applications.

Guanghai Fei

Doctoral Student

Fei's project is on the stereolithographic additive manufacturing focused on microfluidic device fabrication.

Margot Verstreken

MSc Student

Supervised by Max and Giel, Margot is a master student working on the integration of MOFs on photonic gas sensors. For her M.Sc. studies she went to Lisbon (Instituto Superior Técnico) and the US (University of Delaware).

Jorid Smets

MSc Student

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.

Jonas Adriaenssens

MSc Student

Jonas is supervised by Ruben, working on 3D-printed point-of-care diagnostic devices.

Bart van Duffel

Staff Scientist

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.

Paul Van der Aerschot

Support Staff

Paul is our lead technical staff who can fix almost anything electrical, mechanical, and digital!

Annelies Vanvlasselaer

Support Staff

Annelies is the group's very punctual and incredibly efficient administrative manager.

Bart Leclercq

Support Staff

Bart is our group's lab manager, dealing with both engineering and health, safety, security, and environment (HSSE) sides of our day-to-day scientific activities.

Alumni

Ivo Stassen

Postdoc

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.

James Campbell

Postdoc

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.

Sabina Rodriguez Hermida

Postdoc

Part of the team from October 2017 to January 2020

Sabina studied new MOF-CVD chemistries for membrane separation and elucidates the hetero-epitaxial structural relationship of MOF hybrids.

Clement Achille

Doctoral Student

Part of the team from November 2014 to June 2019

Clément worked on 3D printing for biomedical applications. His work was aimed at adding chemical/biological properties in 3D printouts to enable diagnostic tools and biocompatible materials.

Timothée Stassin

Doctoral Student

Part of the team from January 2016 to January 2020

Timothée worked on the synthesis and deposition of thin films of metal-organic frameworks and crystalline coordination polymers.

Kris Janssen

Visiting Researcher

Kris provided scientific support on various projects and in the establishment of our custom-made IT resources.

Mariana Lizeth Díaz Ramírez

Visiting Researcher

Part of the team from September 2017 to March 2018

As part of a doctoral stay and a collaboration, Mariana worked with on double-layered hydroxides and metal-organic frameworks, their synthesis, characterization, and application as catalysts.

Priscilla Rocío-Bautista

Visiting Researcher

Part of the team from February 2018 to June 2018

Priss was working on the different deposition strategies of MOFs over metallic surfaces in an attempt to obtain MOF-based microextraction devices.

Marianne Kräuter

Visiting Researcher

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.

Olaya Gómez-Paz

Visiting Researcher

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.

Jessica Itxel Vasquez Matias

Visiting Researcher

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.

Henry Ordutowski

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2015 to June 2016

Henry worked on 3D printing for biomedical applications under the guidance of Clément Achille.

Sofie Verheyden

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2015 to June 2016

Sofie was supervised by Timothee on the chemical vapor deposition of MOFs.

Niels Houthuys

MSc Student

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).

Pieter Piron

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2016 to June 2017

Under Clement's supervision from September 2016 to June 2017, Pieter's work focused on 3D printing for biomedical applications.

Lenz Van Dommelen

MSc Student

Part of the team from August 2016 to June 2017

Lenz was working on the post-synthetic ligand exchange in zeolitic imidazolate frameworks under João's.

Jasper Hendrikx

MSc Student

Part of the team from August 2016 to June 2017

Jasper was a thesis student under Timothée's supervision. His research focused on the chemical vapor deposition of metal-organic framework thin films and its application in sensing devices.

Katrien Martens

MSc Student

Part of the team from August 2016 to June 2017

Katrien worked on the optimization complex full carbon cages, supervised by Timothée.

Vincent Creemers

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2017 to July 2018

Guided by Timothee, Vincent worked on new MOF-CVD chemistries.

Joachim Nelis

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2018 to June 2019

Joachim is a thesis student under Alex's supervision. His focus was on the molecular layer deposition of metal-organic framework thin films and its application in sensing devices.

Sybren Van Hasselt

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2018 to June 2019

Under Elif's supervision, Sybren worked on 3D printing of catalysts.

Hans Van Cauteren

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2018 to June 2019

Under Cesar's supervision, Hans worked on 3D-printed microfluidic gradient generators driven by capillary flow for biomedical applications.

Viktor Defoor

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2018 to June 2019

Under the supervision of Max and Tim, Viktor developed MOF-based gas sensors based on electrical response.

 

Jochen Lodewijckx

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2019 to June 2020

Jochen researched on MOF-CVD for molecular separations supervised by Nathalie and Sabina. He had his industrial internship with Pfizer working on freeze-dried pharmaceuticals.

Emilie Pattyn

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2019 to June 2020

Emilie was supervised by Giel and Max; she researched on chemometrics using data generating from the custom-built gas-sensing-dosing platform established in our group.

Laura Verhelst

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2019 to June 2020

Supervised by Hanne, Laura worked on 3D-printing for medical apparatus applications (MRI shims).

Dieter Breukers

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2019 to June 2020

Supervised by Elif, Dieter worked on 3D-printed platforms for catalytic applications.


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