The results of the HyMaD research group do not come on their own. We have a young and creative team of researchers. Get to know those great minds on this page!
Arthur Maufort received his bachelor degree in materials chemistry in 2017 at Hasselt University. During his bachelor graduation project, he focused on the synthesis and application of organic ammonium iodide salts in hybrid perovskites, under supervision of prof. Dirk Vanderzande. In 2019, he obtained his master degree in chemical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He performed his master graduation project in the M2N group of prof. René Janssen, and focused on developing conjugated polymers with strong push-pull character for photovoltaic applications. He finished his master studies with an industrial internship at Haldor Topsøe in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, where he studied the thermal stability of Sn-Beta catalyst during biomass valorization. Currently, he is appointed as a PhD student in the HyMaD group under the supervision of Prof. Dirk Vanderzande, where he investigates the self-assembly of functional organic cations in the perovskite lattice.
Stijn Lenaers received his bachelor in Chemistry at Hasselt University in 2018. During his bachelor thesis, he focussed on the synthesis of porphyrin push-pull molecules for organic photodetectors under the supervision of prof. Wouter Maes. In 2020, he obtained a master’s degree in chemistry from KU Leuven. His master thesis focussed on the synthesis of precursors of fluorinated 1,4-dihydropyridines and was conducted in the research group of prof. Wim De Borggraeve. During the master, he also performed an external internship in the HyMaD research group working on the synthesis of large organic ammonium cations. This internship eventually led him towards a PhD in the HyMaD research group in September of 2020, under the supervision of Prof. Dirk Vanderzande with Prof. Wouter Van Gompel as co-supervisor. The goal of his PhD project is to synthesise and incorporate large organic cations as interlayers for hybrid perovskite solar cells.
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Ilan Devroey obtained his bachelor degree at KU Leuven in 2019 and went on to receive his master degree in chemistry at the same institution in 2021. In the course of his first master year, he did a research internship at imec where he focused on the electro- and wet chemical atomic layer etching of ruthenium. In the following year, he completed his master thesis project under the supervision of Prof. Wim De Borggraeve. The project comprised the design and synthesis of novel anti-convulsants. In September 2021, Ilan started his PhD in the HyMaD group under supervision of Prof. Dirk Vanderzande, in which he works on the development of novel hybrid perovskites and their application in sustainable energy production.
Ola Ciesielska obtained her bachelor's degree in materials chemistry from Hasselt University in 2021. Within the HyMaD group, her bachelor's thesis delved into the synthesis and application of functional organic ammonium salts in hybrid perovskites. In 2023, she obtained a master's degree in chemistry at KU Leuven, conducting research on the wet-chemical properties of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides for next-generation transistors during her internship at imec in Leuven. During her final year, Ola did her master's thesis within the SOLVOMET group under the guidance of Prof. Koen Binnemans. Her research focused on the utilization of ionic liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems for the extraction and separation of metal ions. Since September 2023, Ola has started a PhD in the HyMaD group under the supervision of Prof. Wouter Van Gompel. Her current research centers around chiral hybrid perovskites, exploring their applications in circularly polarized LEDs.
In 2020, Ediz Garip received his BSc degree in chemistry at Hasselt University. During his bachelor project, he focused on the flow synthesis of push-pull type copolymer PBDB-T for highly efficient organic solar cells under the supervision of Prof. dr. Wouter Maes. He continued his studies at the Technical University of Eindhoven, where he obtained his MSc in chemical engineering and chemistry in 2023. During his master studies, he carried out his graduation project in the Molecular Materials and Nanosystems (M2N) group. Under the supervision of Prof. dr. ir. Rene Janssen, he worked on the optimization and 2D/quasi-2D passivation of inverted FAPbI3-based perovskite solar cells. His master studies were finished with an industrial internship at Nitto Belgium, where he studied filled pressure sensitive adhesives. In 2023, he started in the Hybrid Materials Design (HyMaD) group as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. dr. Wouter Van Gompel, where he is currently investigating the mechanism of crystallization of low-dimensional hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites.
In 2021, Robin Erkens earned his bachelor's degree in materials chemistry from Hasselt University. For his bachelor's thesis, conducted at the HyMaD group under the guidance of Prof. Dirk Vanderzande, he concentrated on the synthesis and application of organic ammonium iodide salts in hybrid perovskites. Subsequently, pursuing a master's degree in chemistry at KU Leuven, he completed an industrial internship at Hercorub, contributing to the optimization of polychloroprene rubber compounds. His master's studies concluded with a thesis exploring the influence of chiral monomers on sequence-defined conjugated polymers within the research group of Prof. Guy Koeckelberghs. In 2023, Robin returned to the HyMaD group under the supervision of Prof. Wouter Van Gompel to delve back into the realm of hybrid perovskites. Presently, his research focuses on investigating the impact of energy level tuning in 2D hybrid perovskites for their application in solar cells.