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DSOS - Design & Synthesis of Organic Semiconductors


DSOS - Design & Synthesis of Organic Semiconductors

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* PhD graduates

Yasmine Braeken (PhD in 2017: 'Novel generation poly(p-phenylene ethynylene)s for bio-imaging applications')

Current position: R&D project leader, Avery Dennison

Jeroen Brebels (PhD in 2017: 'Strategies toward an enhanced efficiency and sustainability of organic photovoltaics – increasing the dielectric constant of low bandgap polymer materials')

Current position: Production Engineer, Borealis, Beringen, Belgium

Sanne Govaerts (PhD in 2017: 'Synthesis and characterization of ionic copolythiophenes and all-conjugated polymers with advanced architectures for organic electronics')

Current position: \

Geert Pirotte (PhD in 2017: 'Increasing the applicability of conjugated polymers for organic photovoltaics: continuous flow synthesis and elucidation of the importance of structural defects')

Current position: postdoc DSOS group

Julija Kudrjasova (PhD in 2015: 'Thiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole-based semiconducting materials for organic photovoltaics')

Current position: Sr Research Associate at Kemin, Herentals, Belgium

Mirco Tomassetti (PhD in 2015: 'Synthesis and characterization of novel donor-acceptor isoindigo-based conjugated copolymers and small molecules and their integration in organic photovoltaics')

Current position: Technical Account Manager, Callegari S.r.l., Parma, Italy

Pieter Verstappen (PhD in 2015: 'Design and synthesis of novel materials for optimization of the active layer morphology and stability of bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaics')

Current position: postdoc DSOS group

Jurgen Kesters (PhD in 2015: 'Pathways toward increased efficiency and lifetime of organic photovoltaics')

Current position: postdoc DSOS group

Toon Ghoos (PhD in 2013: 'Synthesis of ionic polythiophenes for organic photovoltaic applications')


Current position: R&D chemist, Radiant Color NV, Houthalen, Belgium

Süleyman Kudret (PhD in 2013: 'Optimized Rieke zinc synthetic protocols toward polythiophene copolymers for organic photovoltaic applications')

Current position: Kanat Paints and Coatings, Izmir, Turkey

Lidia Marin (PhD in 2012: '4H-Cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b’]dithiophene donors and quinoxaline acceptors with broadened absorption patterns toward light harvesting materials for organic photovoltaics')

Current position: Scientist R&D Division, Novaled GmbG, Dresden, Germany

Sarah Van Mierloo (PhD in 2012: 'Synthetic approaches toward 4H-cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b’]dithiophene and 2,5-dithienylthiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole building blocks and their integration in low bandgap copolymers for organic photovoltaics')

Current position: Sr. Scientist, Polymer stabilization, T&I, Petrochemicals, Europe, SABIC Limburg B.V. (Geleen Technology Center)

* Postdocs

Wouter Vanormelingen (2012 - 2014; PhD in 2009 from KU Leuven, Belgium: 'Helical conjugated polymers: synthesis and chiroptical properties')

Current position: R&D Chemist, Sumitomo Bakelite Europe N.V.

Veronique Maes (Dec 2012 - Oct 2014; PhD in 2006 from VUB, Belgium: 'Radiolabeled Peptides for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy')

Current position: QA Compliance officer, The Estéé Lauder Companies Inc.

David Bevk (May 2011 - May 2013; PhD in 2006 from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: 'Dimethylaminomethylidene derivatives of dialkyl acetonedicarboxylates in the synthesis of heterocyclic systems')

Current position: Group Leader, Taros Chemicals GmbH & Co. KG, Dortmund, Germany