The HyMaD expertise group is active within 3 different research clusters (energy conversion, energy storage, and sustainable materials) at the Institute for Materials Research (imo-imomec) and actively collaborates with other groups within the MATCHEM department and the other departments within the institute.
The HyMaD group started in 2015 within the Chemistry department at Hasselt University and nowadays is one of the different expertise groups within the larger Materials Chemistry (MATCHEM) unit. Its key competencies relate to the synthesis and characterization of hybrid organic-inorganic materials and their integration in optoelectronic devices, pursuing rational structure-property relations. These activities are strongly embedded in the Institute for Materials Research (imo-imomec) of Hasselt University, facilitating interaction with materials and device physics experts and providing access to state-of-the-art equipment. We conduct both fundamental and more applied research and have a strong focus on Ph.D. training. The group also has a longstanding tradition in joint scientific R&D within European, national and regional projects, and servicing for industry and research centers.
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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.
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.
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.