Thesis subjects 2019-2020

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  1. 19SPEC02 / Spectroscopy
    Clusters: MODELLING, MATERIALS, NANO, ELECTRONICS, PHOTONICS
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, K. Lejaeghere / Counsellor(s): A.E.J. Hoffman, T. Braeckevelt
    Perovskites are well-known minerals with an ABX3 stoichiometry. Named after the Russian mineralogist Lev Perovski, their orthorhombic crystal structure has already been identified in the early 20th century. Because of their strong coupling... Read more
  2. 19NANO01 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Clusters: NANO
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): P. Cnudde
    Zeolite catalyzed alkene cracking plays a crucial role in both classical petrochemical processes, like FCC, as well as emerging alternatives, such as the methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process or biomass conversion. Recent trends like the increased shale... Read more
  3. 19FUND02 / Many-particle physics
    Clusters: FUNDAMENTALS, MODELING
    Supervisor(s): D. Van Neck / Counsellor(s): D. Van Neck
    In quantum mechanics, any system can be described by the time-independent Schrödinger equation. However, this eigenvalue problem is only exactly solvable for a few very specific systems like the hydrogen atom or the quantum harmonic oscillator. This... Read more
  4. 19MAT02 / Solid-state physics
    Clusters: MODELLING, MATERIALS
    Supervisor(s): S. Cottenier, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): M. Larmuseau, M. Cools-Ceuppens
    In modern society, the demand for energy is nearly insatiable. To keep up, we need to find new materials capable of generating, converting and transporting energy with high efficiency.[1] These materials are called energy materials and include... Read more
  5. 19MAT04 / Solid-state physics
    Clusters: MATERIALS
    Supervisor(s): S. Cottenier, S. Claessens / Counsellor(s): M. Larmuseau
    Magnetic materials appear in a variety of engineering applications. Soft magnetic materials are used in motors, generators, electromagnets, transformers,… Hard magnetic materials appear in loudspeakers, sensors, memory,… The terminology soft/hard... Read more
  6. 19MAT05 / Solid-state physics
    Clusters: MODELING, MATERIALS, NANO
    Supervisor(s): S. Cottenier, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): M. Larmuseau, K. Lejaeghere
    Since a long time, scientists classify crystals according to the way the atoms in the crystal are connected to each other: rocksalt has ionic bonds, crystalline silicon is covalent, plain iron has metallic bonds, and frozen argon is Van-der-Waals-... Read more
  7. 19MAT01 / Solid-state physics
    Clusters: MODELLING, MATERIALS, METHOD DEVELOPMENT
    Supervisor(s): A. Ghysels, K. Verbeken / Counsellor(s): T. Depover
    Metals are crucial for many constructional applications. However, metals also interact with their environment which often has undesired side-effects, such as corrosion. This limits the lifetime of a material. An important element to interact with... Read more
  8. 19SPEC01 / Spectroscopy
    Clusters: NANO, MODELING
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, H. Vrielinck / Counsellor(s): A.E.J. Hoffman, S. Khelifi
    In recent years, crystalline nanoporous materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs) have been widely investigated for their potential use in various applications such as gas storage, gas separation,... Read more
  9. 19NANO07 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Clusters: NANO
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): J. De Vos, S. Borgmans
    The recent discovery of a new class of nanoporous crystalline materials ushered in an intriguing new era in science. These materials – so-called covalent organic frameworks (COFs) – are easily tunable, allowing for a rich variety in chemical and... Read more
  10. 19MODEV09 / Model and software development
    Clusters: NANO, MODELLING
    Supervisor(s): L. Vanduyfhuys, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): L. Vanduyfhuys, R. Goeminne
    Gas adsorption in nanoporous materials gives rise to many promising applications such as natural gas storage, carbon capture, gas detection, … To investigate the adsorption behavior, one can experimentally measure the amount of adsorbed species as... Read more
  11. 19MODEV07 / Model and software development
    Clusters: NANO, MODELLING
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): A. Lamaire, S.M.J. Rogge
    Within the field of nanoporous materials [1], zeolites [2] and metal-organic frameworks [3, 4] make up two classes of materials that are widely investigated, both computationally and experimentally, due to their intriguing properties. Inorganic... Read more
  12. 19MODEV02 / Model and software development
    Clusters: MODELLING, METHOD DEVELOPMENT
    Supervisor(s): A. Ghysels, T.S. van Erp / Counsellor(s): A. Ghysels, T.S. van Erp, E. Riccardi
    In drug design, it is a challenge to bring the less soluble drug molecules into the interior of the cells. A particularly interesting route of thought is to attach the drug molecule as 'cargo' to a cell penetrating peptide (CPP), a short amino acid... Read more
  13. 19MODEV05 / Model and software development, Many-particle physics
    Supervisor(s): T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): M. Cools-Ceuppens
    Many properties of matter can be simulated and understood at the nanoscale, by directly solving the electronic wavefunction in the field of the nuclei. An exact solution of the electronic problem from first principles has an exponential-scaling... Read more
  14. 19MAT03 / Solid-state physics
    Clusters: MODELLING, MATERIALS, NANO
    Supervisor(s): K. Lejaeghere / Counsellor(s): K. Lejaeghere, M. Larmuseau
    We are uniquely defined by our genome. Depending on the presence of different genes, it determines how we look and how we act. In the same way, materials are characterized by their electronic structure. The positions of the electronic energy bands... Read more
  15. 19MODEV06 / Model and software development, Many-particle physics
    Supervisor(s): T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): R. Goeminne
    Molecular dynamics is used in many scientific domains to simulate a system of interest at the atomic scale, e.g. "how does a drug molecule interact with an enzyme?" or "how is a gas adsorbed in a nanoporous material?" In these... Read more
  16. 19FUND01 / Many-particle physics
    Supervisor(s): D. Van Neck / Counsellor(s): D. Van Neck
    ne of the most intriguing phenomena in quantum many-particle physics is the appearance of strong quantum correlations and complexity. In these systems it's not just the interaction between single particles, but the synergy of all interactions... Read more
  17. 19SPEC04 / Solid-state physics, Spectroscopy
    Clusters: MODELLING, PHOTONICS, MATERIALS, NANO
    Supervisor(s): K. Lejaeghere, J. Joos / Counsellor(s): A. De Vos, J. Joos
    Luminescent materials, also known as phosphors, have very interesting properties for a variety of applications. Traditional application domains are medical imaging and LED-based lighting. In the latter, phosphors convert blue light into green,... Read more
  18. 19MODEV01 / Model and software development
    Clusters: MODELLING, METHOD DEVELOPMENT
    Supervisor(s): A. Ghysels, K. Braeckmans / Counsellor(s): A. Ghysels, K. Braeckmans
    Delivering foreign materials, such as nucleic acids or imaging contrast agents, into living biological cells is an important aspect both in fundamental cell studies and in biomedical applications. Many of those foreign molecules or nanoparticles are... Read more
  19. 19NANO08 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Clusters: NANO, MODELLING
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): S.M.J. Rogge, S. Borgmans
    Crystalline, nanoporous materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been proposed for a variety of industrial applications, such as energy storage, gas separation, and the capture of greenhouse gases, due to their attractive properties... Read more
  20. 19NANO05 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Clusters: NANO, MODELLING
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): S.M.J. Rogge
    Recent advances in computational techniques and the growing access to high-performance computing facilities have guided computationally-aided material design into a promising new era with seemingly unlimited possibilities. As a result, dedicated... Read more
  21. 19NANO06 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Clusters: NANO, MODELING
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): S.M.J. Rogge, S. Borgmans
    Crystalline, nanoporous materials are inherently present in several day-to-day applications such as energy storage, gas separation, and heterogeneous catalysis. Their unique combination of structural order and tunable pores makes these materials... Read more
  22. 19NANO09 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Clusters: MODELING, MATERIALS, NANO
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): K. Lejaeghere, S.M.J. Rogge
    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are crystalline materials that consist of metal oxide clusters connected by organic linkers. This results in 1D, 2D or 3D repeated structures with large cavities, i.e. periodic porous structures. The pores allow... Read more
  23. 19NANO02 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Clusters: NANO, MODELLING
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): J. Hajek
    Ethene and propene are the most important platform chemicals in chemical industry which are typically produced via steam cracking. However, the rapid decline in fossil fuel reserves and the strive for sustainable technologies urged the development... Read more
  24. 19CHEM01 / Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, K. De Clerck / Counsellor(s): E. Van den Broeck, J. Becelaere
    With over 2/3rds of all drugs in development being classified as poorly water-soluble, it can be said that the pharmaceutical oral drug delivery industry is up for a challenge. Low water-solubility results in a low bioavailability of these active... Read more
  25. 19MODEV04 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): R. Goeminne
    Molecular crystals consist of a periodic stacking of molecules, for which the intermolecular interactions are relatively weak compared to the intramolecular ones. Still, the weak forces are strong enough, such that these crystals easily remain... Read more
  26. 19NANO03 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): P. Cnudde, M. Bocus
    Atmospheric CO2 emissions need to be reduced drastically to mitigate the impact of global warming. CO2 capture and utilization technologies are the only viable option towards a more sustainable society. Currently, the development of technologies to... Read more
  27. 19MODEV10 / Model and software development
    Clusters: NANO, MODELLING, MATERIALS
    Supervisor(s): D. Fauconnier, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): D. Fauconnier, T. Verstraelen
    Elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) is a lubrication regime characterized by a thin liquid film typically in between highly-loaded, non-conformal contacting surfaces in relative motion to each other. The film thickness then reaches the order of... Read more
  28. 19FUND03 / Many-particle physics
    Supervisor(s): D. Van Neck / Counsellor(s): K. Gunst
    A major unsolved challenge in theoretical physics concerns the description of quantum many-body systems, i.e. a large number of interacting particles that require a quantum mechanical treatment. The dimension of the linear space of quantum states... Read more
  29. 19MAT06 / Solid-state physics
    Supervisor(s): S. Cottenier, T. Van Hoolst / Counsellor(s): M. Larmuseau, A. Rivoldini
    The iron-rich region of the Fe-Si phase diagram is of interest both to the planetology community and the materials engineering community. Indeed, the planet Mercury has a solid inner core that consists predominantly of iron, with some nickel, and a... Read more
  30. 19SPEC03 / Spectroscopy
    Clusters: SPECTROSCOPY, NANO, MATERIALS, MODELLING, FUNDAMENTALS
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): L. De Bruecker
    Electronic transitions are at the basis of a wide range of atomic-scale phenomena. They are intimately linked to processes involving the absorption and emission of light studied in application domains such as spectroscopy, luminescence and... Read more
  31. 19NANO04 / Model and software development, Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Clusters: NANO, MODELING
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, L. Vanduyfhuys / Counsellor(s): K. Dedecker
    Nanoporous crystals are crystalline materials, i.e. with a long range order, which contain pores or channels on the nanometer scale. Due to their porous nature, they have attracted a lot of attention as promising candidates for various applications... Read more
  32. 19MODEV11 / Model and software development
    Clusters: NANO, MODELLING
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): S.M.J. Rogge
    In the past decade, the advance of high-performance computing facilities and algorithms has hugely boosted the design of novel materials for a wide variety of applications. The Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM) is at the forefront of this new... Read more
  33. 19SPEC05 / Spectroscopy
    Clusters: NANO, MODELING
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): A.E.J. Hoffman, L. Vanduyfhuys
    Nanoporous materials, which are crystalline and have pores at the nanometer scale, have a wide range of applications ranging from gas separation and sensing to chemical catalysis. An example is given by zeolites, which consist of aluminosilicate... Read more
  34. 19MODEV08 / Model and software development
    Clusters: NANO, MODELLING
    Supervisor(s): L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): L. Vanduyfhuys
    Nanoporous materials have attracted much attention in the past decades due to their impressive potential for applications in the field of natural gas storage, detection and separation of gases, or even as effective drug delivery systems. An example... Read more
  35. 19MODEV03 / Model and software development
    Clusters: MODELLING, NANO, METHOD DEVELOPMENT
    Supervisor(s): A. Ghysels / Counsellor(s): A. Ghysels
    Mass transport at the molecular scale is of essential importance in physical, chemical and biological processes. In materials science, crystallization of alloys requires the organization and mobility of individual metal atoms, or for catalysis in... Read more