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Fluorocode
Fluorocode

Learn about our Fluorocode group!

Expansion Microscopy
Expansion Microscopy

Check out our recent work on the quantification of the 3D expansion factor by fluorescence photobleaching!

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SP8-2

Take a look at our Leica SP8 system!

Fluorocode
Fluorocode

Learn about our Fluorocode group!

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Introduction

By Prof. Dr. Johan Hofkens

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The emerging field of nano-science/nano technology has been driven by and requires the development of novel tools/techniques for observing at the nanoscale. A prominent tool for such studies with a highly non-invasive character is single molecule microscopy. Optical spectroscopy/microscopy at the ultimate limit of a single molecule has grown over the past decades into an extremely powerful technique for exploring the individual nano-scale behavior of molecules in situ and in real time in complex local environments. Observing a single molecule removes the usual ensemble average, allowing the exploration of hidden heterogeneity in complex condensed phases as well as direct observation of dynamic changes, without synchronization.

The research vision of the Hofkens laboratory can be best described by a quote from ‘Chemistry for the next decade and beyond’, commissioned by the UK Engineering and Physical Research council EPSRC a few year ago: “new (chemical) insight is generated in laboratories where unique instrumentation is being developed”. The Hofkens lab has been an active proponent of this view but has gone way beyond building unique equipment by applying the instrumentation on a wide variety of timely and societal relevant topics. Browsing this website you will find out how the lab is supporting and contributing to this view!

 

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People employed

206

Papers

12

Measuring Setups

15

Nationalities

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Instruments

Discover our state of the art scientific equipment used for research. Ranging from complex home-built setups to the most advanced commercially available technologies.

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Research Projects

Browse through our rich diversity of research topics and learn about the science taking place at Hofkens Lab.

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Outreach

Find out about where we share(d) our work, outreach announcements or learn about passed and upcoming activities!

 
 

Research Projects

Chemical Energy Conversion

Converting small abundant molecules into high energy chemicals using electricity

Expansion
Microscopy

Super-resolution nanoscale imaging of biological samples

Optical Mapping
of DNA

Discover the Fluorocode group!

Optical Trapping

Investigating Particle Trapping in 3D

Luminescent Materials

Small metal clusters confined in inorganic scaffolds

Perovskites

Synthesis, structural and optoelectronic characterization to unravel their intrinsic secrets

 

Contact

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Head Office

Celestijnenlaan 200F - bus 2404

Chem & Tech Building 

3001 Heverlee

Belgium

Employment

Please contact Prof. J. Hofkens if you are currently considering a PhD or post-doc position in our field of research.

How to reach us

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