About AFP

The AFP group is active within the Sustainable materials research clusters at the Institute for Materials Research (imo-imomec) and actively collaborates with other groups within the MATCHEM department. Our research is broadly concerned with advanced functionalization of soft polymer materials employing controlled polymerization strategies and state-of-the-art synthetic technology.

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Introduction to AFP

Research in the AFP group is broadly concerned with advanced functionalization of soft polymer materials employing controlled polymerization strategies and state-of-the-art synthetic technology. Precise engineering of functional materials at the molecular level is being leveraged to promote the sophisticated behavior afforded by multi-component soft matter systems. We are interested in functional materials exhibiting advanced behavior such as activated reactions, self-assembly, and responsiveness. We are producing complex polymeric systems that hold tremendous potential in various fields, such as nano-technology and nano-lithography; adaptive biomaterials; advanced separations and ultrafiltration; energy storage and light harvesting. Throughout our work, we strive to utilize state-of-the-art, sustainable approaches and target sustainable applications. We demand a more responsible use of the precious resources we employ, and encourage the upcoming generation of scientist to build their foundations upon this premise.​​
Please have a look around the website to learn more about the research we are conducting, and feel free to contact us!
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Materials Chemistry (MATCHEM)

The Materials Chemistry (MATCHEM) group at Hasselt University gathers all experimental expertise groups focusing on different materials chemistry aspects, with their own specific focus and expertise, collaborating closely and sharing equipment, technical staff, and responsibilities.

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The Institute for Materials Research (imo-imomec)

The Institute for Materials Research (imo), based at the Hasselt University campus in Diepenbeek, has built a vast expertise in the field of materials science since its foundation in 1990. In 2001, a strategic alliance was established with imec, based in Leuven. Imec founded imomec, an associated laboratory within the premises of imo. As such, imo-imomec is a joint research institute where fundamental research, strategic basic research, and application-oriented research is conducted. In 2015, UHasselt/imo-imomec joined EnergyVille in Genk to carry out its energy-related research.

About 160 FTE's are employed at imo-imomec, of which about 80 students are preparing their Ph.D. The team is strongly multidisciplinary: chemists, physicists, and engineers are working together to develop the material systems of tomorrow. Anno 2022, imo-imomec can rely on more than 5000 m2 of state-of-the-art lab infrastructure, divided over four different locations.

The core competence of imo-imomec is the development and characterization of new material systems with potential use in sustainability and health. In the domain of sustainability, imo-imomec focuses on energy conversion, energy storage, and sustainable materials. In the domain of health, the focus of the research programs relates to the development of advanced technologies for sensing via dedicated analytical techniques and systems for sensing based on quantum technologies.

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Hasselt University

Hasselt University (UHasselt; located in the northeast part of Belgium) is a young and dynamic center of expertise for teaching, research, and service provision. UHasselt regards an active contribution to a sustainable and innovative region as its social responsibility. It aspires to be a hub in this innovation web. Hasselt University, therefore, attaches great importance to cooperation with other centers of expertise, companies, government agencies, and organizations in Limburg and beyond.

As one of the drivers of regional innovation, Hasselt University focuses specifically on:

● educating students so that they become highly-skilled, employable professionals;

● conducting applied and fundamental research in specific fields and encouraging practical applications from that research;

● spreading its knowledge and expertise through collaboration with industry and other external partners;

● developing foreign partnerships.


Prof. dr. Louis Pitet

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Agoralaan Gebouw F, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium

Assistant Professor

Materials chemistry

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Agoralaan Gebouw F, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium

Research Centre