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)

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)

Prateek Bindra


The main focus of Prateek’s research will be on the integration of microelectronics and MOFs, resulting in the development of MOF-based sensor platform for the selective detection of VOCs.

B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Technological Institute of Textile & Sciences, Bhiwani (2009)
M.E. in Microelectronics, Ph.D. from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani (2020)
Research Assistant, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani (2021)
Guest Faculty, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar (2022)

Nick Gys


Nick’s research focuses on the synthesis and in-depth characterization of phosphonate MOFs and PMPs within the EOS project “PHOSPHORE”. In addition, he is focusing on the development of novel photoresist materials for EUV lithography. 

B. Sc. Chemistry, Hasselt University (2014)

M. Sc. Chemistry, University of Antwerp (2017)

Ph. D. Chemistry, VITO & University of Antwerp (2022)

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)

Jennifer Theissen

Doctoral Student

Jennifer started a joint PhD project between KULeuven and UHasselt. Her research project covers the synthesis and in-depth characterization of phosphonate MOFs and PMPs.

B.Sc. Chemistry, UNamur (2020)

Traineeship, University Ca’Foscari Venice (Italy)

M. Sc. Industrial Chemistry, UNamur (2022)

Vanessa Chávez Bracho

Doctoral Student

Vanessa works on the development of tag-enhancing methods for sorting and separation of post-consumer plastic types.

B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, La Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela (2011)

M. Sc. in Processes and Polymers, École Nationale Supérieure de Pétrole et des Moteurs (IFP School), France (2015)

María Romero Angel

Visiting Researcher

María is doing her Ph.D. at the FuniMAT group at the Institute of Molecular Science (University of Valencia). She works on the processing of Ti(IV)-MOFs as thin films to fabricate MOF-based devices.

During her stay, she will explore the vapor-assisted conversion method to prepare thin films of heterometallic MOFs using an aerosol generator. 

B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Valencia, Spain (2015)

M.Sc. Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Valencia, Spain (2018)


Leen Boullart

MSc Student

Supervised by Margot, Leen studies the sensing performance of MOFs in the context of selective VOC detection in complex backgrounds. 

B.Sc. Bioscience Engineering, University of Leuven (2021)

Sara Fabri

MSc Student

Guided by Jorid, Sara is working on the development of acid gas sensors consisting of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Her project consists of determining the influence of acid gas on the degradation of different types of MOFs.

B. Sc. Bioscience Engineering, University of Antwerp (2021)

Kobe Bleukx

MSc Student

Under Lore’s supervision, Kobe is researching 3D printed micro fuel cells in order to power point-of-care devices.

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

Bavo Van den Eynde

MSc Student

Supervised by An, Bavo is working on improving NMR- and MRI-imaging performance using 3D-printed magnetic shims.

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

Andres Vandenborre

MSc Student

Under the supervision of Jonas, Andres studies powder-based 3D printing applications for pharmaceuticals.

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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