Hofkens lab @ ALBA

At the beginning of this month some intensive measurements were conducted at the ALBA Synchrotron in Barcelona. Julian Steele, post-doctoral researcher in our lab, had the opportunity to acquire data at this unique facility in continuation of their search to reduce efficiency losses in Perovskite based devices. Our colleagues from ALBA wrote a small article explaining the state of the art from this international research topic.



A promised present ​for the founder of our lab

4th of October 2019, a special day for our lab. We celebrated the 80th Birthday of Prof. Frans De Schrijver with a one day symposium. The content of this wonderful day including speakers, poster winners and photo's can be consulted here. One of the promises made that day was the launch of a personal Wikipedia page dedicated to the career of Prof. De Schrijver. We can proudly announce that his page is finalized and reviewed, freely accessible for everyone: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frans_C._De_Schryver 

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A fruitful collaboration

Our active collaboration with the group of Prof. Hai Wang (Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research) in Mainz is disseminating their first results. Our latest work on Highly Mobile Large Polarons in Black Phase CsPbI3 has been published in ACS Energy Letters. More information and updates can be found here

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PhD position at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) in Mainz


There is an opening for a PhD position at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) in Mainz, Germany. The PhD student will be working in the research group led by Dr. Ronald Ulbricht in the department of Molecular Spectroscopy.

The group will develop and employ various nonlinear optical spectroscopy and widefield microscopy methods to investigate the dynamics of electronic and vibrational properties of new opto-electronic materials. The student will gain experience in state-of-the-art laser optics and spectroscopy, materials science, solid-state physics, and programming for both data acquisition and analysis. Initially, large emphasis will be put on investigating color centers in diamond and silicon carbide, such as nitrogen-vacancy centers. There will be close collaborations with the Synthesis of Macromolecules Department at the MPIP for the fabrication and characterization of nanodiamonds, the Helmholtz-Institute in Mainz on developing novel magnetometry methods and the KU Leuven in Belgium on developing ultrafast widefield microscopy methods.

The ideal PhD candidate has an experimental background in (chemical) physics, electrical engineering and/or material science, and holds a Master’s degree in one of these or related fields. Previous experience in developing optical spectroscopy methods and complex data-acquisition software and hardware will be a clear advantage. The PhD studentship is fully funded according to the collective wage agreement for the public service. Mainz is located next to Frankfurt, which has one of the largest airports in Europe, thus providing convenient international access.

For more information, please contact ulbricht@mpip-mainz.mpg.de

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Congratulations to our award winning PostDoc Raffaele Vitale!


The recipient of the 2020 Young Statistician Award, which is aimed to recognize the work of young people in introducing innovative methods, promoting the use of statistics and/or successfully using it in the daily practice, is Dr. Raffaele Vitale. Raffaele Vitale graduated in Analytical Chemistry in 2011 (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy) and obtained his Ph.D. title in Statistics and Optimization in 2017 (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain) with a thesis entitled Novel chemometric proposals for advanced multivariate data analysis, processing and interpretation. He is currently working as Postdoctoral Associate at KU Leuven in Belgium in the framework of the ADGut project for the investigation of the developmental mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. Raffaele is author of 23 peer-reviewed publications, has been awarded the Best Italian Master’s Thesis in Analytical Chemistry prize in 2012, the International Association of Spectral Imaging student prize in 2016, the V Siemens Process Analytics Prize for Young Scientist in 2017 and the III Jean-Pierre Huvenne Award for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in Chemometrics in 2019.  (https://enbis.org/)

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Posterprize for Giacommo!

On 29 November 2019 the members of fABAB of the faculty of science had the pleasure of hosting SciCon 2019, an event dedicated to interdisciplinarity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the University Hall of KU Leuven. This one day symposium started with a speech of the dean, Prof. Philippe Muchez and a plenary lecture by prof. Bas Haring from Leiden University. The rest of the day was filled with selected oral contributions of young researches and 2 poster sessions. Hofkens Lab was also represented and we are happy to share that our lab member Drs. Giacomo Romolini was awarded with the best poster prize. Congratulations Giacomo!