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.

Cesar Parra


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

B. Sc. Electronics Engineering, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (2004)
M. Sc. Biomedical Engineering, Universitat de Barcelona and the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (2010)
Ph. D. Biomedicine, Universitat de Barcelona (2014), research stay at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Postdoc, University of Washington (2019)

Dmitry Kravchenko


Dmitry’s research focuses on the 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.

B. Sc., M. Sc. Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia (2017) research stay at Delft University of Technology (2016)

Ph. D., Bioscience Engineering, KULeuven (2021)


Max Lutz Tietze


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

B. Sc., M. Sc., Ph. D. Physics, Technische Universität Dresden (2014)
Postdoc and Research Consultant, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (2014-2016)
Postdoc, Technische Universität Dresden (2016-2017)


Víctor Rubio-Giménez


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.

B. Sc. Chemistry, University of València, Spain (2012)
M. Sc., Ph. D. Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of València, Spain (2019)

Aleksander Matavž


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.

B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Maribor, Slovenia (2010)
M. Sc., Ph. D. Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Slovenia (2019)

Jesus Gandara Loe


Jesus's research effort will be focused on the in-situ characterisation of responsive MOFs. In particular, he will study the structural flexibility of MOFs upon vapour adsorption using in-situ FTIR.

B. Sc. Chemical Engineering, university of Guanajuato, Mexico (2014)

M. Sc. Chemistry, University of Guanajuato, Mexico (2016)

Ph. D. Materials Science, University of Alicante, Spain (2020), research stay at the University of Saint Andrews (UK)

Postdoc, University of Seville, Spain (2021)

Nicolas Chanut


Nicolas's main focus will be on studying the diffusion of vapors in MOFs, and simultaneously, he'll be working on the coupling of adsorption and NMR measurements to unravel insights regarding their adsorption mechanisms.

B. Sc. Chemistry, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (2010)

M. Sc. Catalysis and Physical Chemistry, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (2012)

Ph. D. Physics and Materials Science, Aix-Marseille Université (2016)

Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017-2021)

Kateryna Borysova


Kateryna's research focuses on synthesizing and studying the physicochemical properties of inorganic materials (silicates of rare earth elements with apatite structure, zeolites).

Ph. D. Inorganic Chemistry, Donetsk National University (2015)

M.Sc. Inorganic Chemistry, Donetsk National University (2009)

B.Sc. Inorganic Chemistry, Donetsk National University (2008)

Santosh Kumar Pal


Santosh's research efforts will be devoted to the development of hybrid proton conducting materials and composites for efficient water electrolysis.

Postdoc – Technical University Darmstadt, Germany; Institute for Energy Technology, Norway; Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

PhD. – IFW Dresden and Technical University Dresden, Germany (2015)

M.Tech. - Indian Institute of Technology – IIT Bombay, India (2009)

B.Sc., M.Sc. - University of Allahabad, India (2006)

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.

B. Sc., M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2018)

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.

B. Sc., M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2018)

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.

B. Sc., M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2018)

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).

B. Sc., M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2018)

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.

B. Sc., M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2018)

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.

B. Sc., M. Sc. Chemistry, Bilkent University, Turkey (2017) research stay at Eindhoven University of Technology

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.

B. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2017)
M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering (Bionanotechnolgy), KU Leuven (2019)

Margot Verstreken

Doctoral Student

After doing her Master's thesis at the Ameloot group, Margot will continue her research covering the integration of MOFs in sensors for the selective detection of VOCs in complex mixtures.

B. Sc., M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2020)
Exchange student, University of Delaware (2019)

Jorid Smets

Doctoral Student

Building upon his Master's thesis project on molecular layer deposition (MLD) of MOFs, Jorid's Ph.D. work is on the development of plasmonic sensors enhanced by MOF-MLD. His work is carried out in collaboration with Prof. Sammy Verbruggen's lab at the University of Antwerp.

B. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp (2018)
M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2020)

Jonas Adriaenssens

Doctoral Student

Jonas is working on 3D-printed point-of-care diagnostic devices, as a continuation of his Master's thesis project with the Ameloot Group.

B. Sc., M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2020)

Guanghai Fei

Doctoral Student

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

B. Sc. Engineering, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, China (2013)
M. Sc. Civil Engineering, Central South University, China (2016)

An Vanduffel

Doctoral Student

After doing her Master's thesis at the Ameloot group, An's Ph.D. work focuses on 3D-printing for the improvement of biomedical imaging.

B. Sc., M. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2021)

Ines Tejedor Ramos

Visiting Researcher

Inés is doing her Ph.D. at PLATON group (University of Zaragoza) thanks to a grant from the Aragon Government. She focuses on the use of the Langmuir-Blodget technique to obtain monolayers and multilayers of MOFs and MOPs. She is working with dense MOFs with high magnetocaloric effects and with porous MOFs to study their gas adsorption and separation properties.

During her stay, she will work on the fabrication of MOF films by CVD, sputtering and spin-coating techniques.  

B.Sc.Chemistry, University of Zaragoza (2018)

M.Sc Nanostructured Materials for Nanotechnology Applications, University of Zaragoza (2019)

Vetiga Somjit

Visiting Researcher

Vetiga is a Ph.D. student at the molecular science and engineering department of VISTEC, Thailand. Her research focuses on the fabrication of Zr-based MOFs as thin films and aerogels for the adsorption of small molecules such as toxic metals and conductive compounds for water purifications and electronic devices, respectively. In the Ameloot group, she will study the fabrication of MOF films via spray coating.

Miruna Constantinescu

Visiting Researcher

Supervised by Margot, Miruna focuses on the synthesis of thin-film MOFs through chemical vapor deposition and hybrid MOFs via vapor phase linker exchange, with the end goal of integrating those MOFs into sensors for the detection of volatile organic compounds.

BSc Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2022

Breght De Schepper

MSc Student

Supervised by Nathalie, Breght works on ZIF-8 and ZIF-67 membranes for gas separation of propane and propylene. For this project, he studies the effect of sputtering, atomic layer deposition, MOF-on-MOF layers and ozone degradation on gas separation of ZIF membranes.

B. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, University of Leuven (2020)

Tom Van Vracem

MSc Student

Guided by Margot, Tom is working on the integration of MOFs in sensors for the detection and quantification of volatile organic compounds in the air. His project focuses on the characterization of sensing properties of ZIFs via dosing experiments and data analysis, building on his knowledge in chemometrics. 

B. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp (2020)


Jan-Hendrik Scheerlinck

MSc Student

Supervised by Pieter, Jan-Hendrik focuses on shape-selective electrocatalysis using a Zeolite/MOF layer on the electrode.

B. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, University of Leuven (2020)

Summer Internship at Umicore Specialty Materials Brugge R&D (2021)

Frederic Becker

MSc Student

Under Lore’s supervision, Frederic is researching 3D printed microfuel cells in order to power point of care devices.

B. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2020)

Dries Bombeek

MSc Student

Guided by Jonas, Dries studies the optimization of the hydrostatic pre-loading of reagent and buffer solutions trough 3DPrinted capillary pumps in PDMS microfluidic chips.

B. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2020)

Alexander John Cruz

Staff Scientist

Alex investigated the chemical vapor deposition of metal-organic frameworks (MOF-CVD) and process scale-up as an industry-ready, cleanroom-compatible unit operation. He also worked on the direct molecular layer deposition of MOFs for integrated applications. Alex was affiliated with imec and the Research Group Electrochemical and Surface Engineering Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB); he is currently a member of the scientific staff for science outreach initiatives at the Ameloot Group alongside his industry work.

B. Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines (2014)
Process Engineer, Shell (2014-2016)
President's Graduate Fellow, National University of Singapore (2016)
Junior Scientist, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (2016-2017)
Ph. D. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2021), Doctor of Engineering Sciences, with the highest distinction, VUB (2021)

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.

Bart van Duffel

Valorization manager

Bart van Duffel – Innovation Manager

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. Prior to this role, he has gained R&D and general management experience in the areas of surface treatments and printed materials.

M. Sc., Ph.D. Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven (2001)


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