People

Current Members

Rob Ameloot

Group Leader

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 Stassen

Postdoc

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 Tu

Postdoc

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.

Cesar Parra

Postdoc

Cesar is exploring the use of 3D printing. He is focusing his research on designing, simulating, fabricating and characterizing microfluidic devices.

Sabina Rodriguez Hermida

Postdoc

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 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 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 Lutz Tietze

Postdoc

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 Obst

Postdoc

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.

Clement Achille

Doctoral Student

Clément focuses on 3D printing for biomedical applications. His work aims to add chemical/biological properties in 3D printouts to enable diagnostic tools and biocompatible materials.

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 is part of the Marie Curie training network 'DEFNET'.

Timothée Stassin

Doctoral Student

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.

Alexander John Cruz

Doctoral Student

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 Vanduffel

Doctoral Student

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 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. 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.

Nathalie Wauteraerts

Doctoral Student

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 De Smedt

Doctoral Student

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 Arnauts

Doctoral Student

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.

Ruben Dochy

Doctoral Student

Ruben will work on the 3D printing project which aims to 3D print Point-of-Care diagnostic devices. His work includes device design and characterisation, 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 will develop a method for the interpretation of the results through simulation studies.

Kris Janssen

Visiting Researcher

I am a Bio-engineer interested in all things IT.

Joachim Nelis

MSc Student

Joachim is a thesis student under Alex's supervision. He will focus on the chemical vapour deposition of metal-organic framework thin films and its application in sensing devices.

Sybren Van Hasselt

MSc Student

Master student under Elif's supervision; Sybren is working on 3D printing of catalysts.

Hans Van Cauteren

MSc Student

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

Lore Van Looy

MSc Student

Supervised by Clément, Lore is doing her thesis about 3D-printed platforms for biomedical applications.

Viktor Defoor

MSc Student

Under the supervision of Max and Tim, Viktor will develop MOF-based gas sensors in the context of electrical response.

 

Paul Van der Aerschot

Support Staff

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

Annelies Vanvlasselaer

Support Staff

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

Sabina Accardo

Support Staff

Focal point for health, safety and the environment in the lab and in the workplace

Alumni

James Campbell

Postdoc

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.

Mariana Lizeth Díaz Ramírez

Visiting Researcher

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.

Priscilla Rocío-Bautista

Visiting Researcher

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.

Víctor Rubio-Giménez

Visiting Researcher

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.

Marianne Kräuter

Visiting Researcher

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.

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. Henry is now a PhD student at KU Leuven, building from his Master's thesis topic.

Sofie Verheyden

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2015 to June 2016

Master student in Rob Ameloot's group

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). Niels is now a process engineer working in the food industry.

Pieter Piron

MSc Student

Master student under Clement Achille's supervision from September 2016 to June 2017. Pieter's work foucused on 3D printing for biomedical applications.

Lenz Van Dommelen

MSc Student

Lenz was working on the post-synthetic ligand exchange in zeolitic imidazolate frameworks under João Marrieros's supervision from September 2016 to June 2017.

 

Jasper Hendrikx

MSc Student

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.

Katrien Martens

MSc Student

Katrien worked on the optimization complex full carbon cages, supervised by Timothée Stassin from September 2016 to June 2017. She is now an international management consultant home-based in Brussels.

Vincent Creemers

MSc Student

Part of the team from September 2017 to July 2018

Master student under Timothée Stassin's supervision; Vincent is working on new MOF-CVD chemistries.


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