Thesis subjects 2020-2021

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  1. 20SPEC01 / Spectroscopy
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, H. Vrielinck / Counsellor(s): A.E.J. Hoffman, S. Khelifi, C. Hui
    Probleemstelling: Reduction of CO2 greenhouse gas emission remains an urgent environmental and societal problem. Technologies for efficient selective capture of CO2 upon production, for storing and eventually converting it into high-value... Read more
  2. 20NANO01 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): P. Cnudde
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  3. 20FUND02 / Many-particle physics
    Supervisor(s): D. Van Neck / Counsellor(s): D. Van Neck
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  4. 20SPEC02 / Spectroscopy
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): L. De Bruecker, A. Lamaire
    Probleemstelling: Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new class of porous materials built up out of metal-based units connected by organic linkers. These materials have unique properties and are very promising for numerous applications.... Read more
  5. 20MAT02 / Solid-state physics
    Supervisor(s): S. Cottenier, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): M. Sluydts, M. Larmuseau, M. Cools-Ceuppens
    Probleemstelling: The discovery of new materials is one of the key drivers of technological innovations in many sectors. In the case of energy materials an intensive search is being undertaken to find new materials like high capacity solid-... Read more
  6. 20MAT03 / Solid-state physics
    Supervisor(s): M. Sluydts, S. Cottenier / Counsellor(s): M. Larmuseau
    Probleemstelling: The development of new materials is central to the evolution of most technology. For the energy sector, interesting materials are those that generate, store or transport energy. Typical examples are photovoltaics,... Read more
  7. 20MAT04 / Solid-state physics
    Supervisor(s): S. Cottenier, S. Claessens / Counsellor(s): M. Sluydts
    Probleemstelling: 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,... Read more
  8. 20SPEC04 / Spectroscopy
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, L. Vanduyfhuys / Counsellor(s): A.E.J. Hoffman
    Probleemstelling: 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. Zeolites provide an example of such... Read more
  9. 20MODEV02 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): M. Cools-Ceuppens, R. Goeminne
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  10. 20MODEV08 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): L. Vanduyfhuys, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): R. Goeminne
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  11. 20NANO11 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): T. Braeckevelt, S. Vandenhaute
    Probleemstelling: While the photovoltaic industry has always been dominated by silicon technology, the production of crystalline silicon is difficult and expensive. As a result, recent research efforts are dedicated towards new materials... Read more
  12. 20MODEV12 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, S.M.J. Rogge / Counsellor(s): S.M.J. Rogge, J. De Vos
    Probleemstelling: Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) form a versatile and relatively recent class of nanoporous materials that are composed of organic and inorganic building blocks. Due to the wide versatility of molecular interactions present... Read more
  13. 20MAT01 / Solid-state physics
    Supervisor(s): S. Cottenier, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): M. Sluydts, M. Larmuseau, M. Cools-Ceuppens
    Probleemstelling: 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.[1,2] These materials are called... Read more
  14. 20SPEC05 / Spectroscopy
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): T. Braeckevelt, L. De Bruecker
    Probleemstelling: Perovskites are a broad class of materials which have the same type of crystal structure as CaTiO3, which was discovered in the early 20th century. They were named in honour of the Russian Count, Lev A. Perovski.... Read more
  15. 20NANO09 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, S.M.J. Rogge / Counsellor(s): J. De Vos, S. Borgmans
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  16. 20MODEV07 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): L. Vanduyfhuys, V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): L. Vanduyfhuys
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  17. 20MODEV06 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): R. Goeminne
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  18. 20FUND01 / Many-particle physics
    Supervisor(s): D. Van Neck / Counsellor(s): D. Van Neck
    Probleemstelling: One 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... Read more
  19. 20MODEV09 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): S. Vandenhaute, M. Cools-Ceuppens
    Probleemstelling: Over the past three decades, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as an exceedingly promising class of nanoporous materials due to their extraordinary behaviour and endless functional variety. They are composed of... Read more
  20. 20MODEV11 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): S.M.J. Rogge, S. Vandenhaute
    Probleemstelling: In the past decade, the advance of high-performance computing facilities and new algorithms has hugely boosted the design of novel materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for a wide variety of applications. MOFs... Read more
  21. 20MODEV13 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): S.M.J. Rogge, S. Borgmans
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  22. 20MODEV04 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): M. Cools-Ceuppens, R. Goeminne
    Probleemstelling: A fundamental understanding of experimentally observed material properties has in the last few decades originated more and more from atomistic computer simulations. These simulations are usually based on force fields to... Read more
  23. 20MODEV03 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): R. Goeminne, M. Cools-Ceuppens
    Problem statement Computational simulations have for decades become an invaluable tool to gain a fundamental understanding of the properties of materials at the atomic scale. To study materials containing a large number of atoms, one often... Read more
  24. 20NANO02 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): P. Cnudde, M. Bocus
    Probleemstelling: Ethene and propene are the most important platform chemicals in industry which are typically produced via steam cracking. However, the decline in fossil fuel reserves and the strive for sustainable technologies promote the... Read more
  25. 20CHEM01 / Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, K. De Clerck / Counsellor(s): E. Van den Broeck, J. Becelaere
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  26. 20MODEV14 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): D. Fauconnier, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): G. Toraman
    Problem Context The rising demand to reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency in engineering systems requires  a deep understanding of lubricant behaviour to reduce friction. Understanding the interaction between engine... Read more
  27. 20SPEC03 / Spectroscopy
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): S. Vanlommel, A.E.J. Hoffman
    Zeolites are crystalline aluminosilicates that are used for a broad range of industrial applications such as gas separation and capture and as highly efficient catalysts. Their structure consists of tetrahedrally coordinated SiO4/AlO4 units... Read more
  28. 20NANO08 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, S.M.J. Rogge / Counsellor(s): A.E.J. Hoffman
    Probleemstelling: As a recent class of nanoporous framework materials composed of inorganic and organic building blocks (see Figure 1a), metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have attracted widespread attention for a variety of applications... Read more
  29. 20NANO07 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): K. Dedecker
    Probleemstelling: Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are an interesting class of nanoporous materials with applications in gas storage, gas separation, catalysis, drug delivery, and more. These hybrid materials consist of metal-oxide bricks... Read more
  30. 20MODEV05 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): R. Goeminne
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  31. 20NANO03 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): P. Cnudde, M. Bocus
    Probleemstelling: Atmospheric CO2 emissions need to be reduced drastically to mitigate the impact of global warming. Currently, the development of technologies to capture this greenhouse gas and directly transform it into valuable chemicals... Read more
  32. 20CHEM02 / Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): E. Van den Broeck, M. Bocus
    Probleemstelling: Due to a growing world population and an increasing demand for resources, society is obliged to look for sustainable alternatives to replace the current fossil-based economy. Biomass, consisting of (hemi)cellulose and... Read more
  33. 20NANO05 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): S. Neale, M. Bocus
    Probleemstelling: Zeolites have received significant attention for their roles in the methanol-to-olefin (MTO) and biomass conversion processes. Zeolites with engineered transition metal sites are also an emerging yet comparatively less... Read more
  34. 20MODEV10 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): D. Fauconnier, T. Verstraelen / Counsellor(s): G. Toraman
    Problem Context The rising demand for high power-density and performance of modern powertrains e.g. in wind turbines, pushes gears towards their limits in terms of power transfer, load capacity efficiency, durability and reliability. In... Read more
  35. 20FUND03 / Many-particle physics
    Supervisor(s): D. Van Neck / Counsellor(s): D. Van Neck
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  36. 20NANO04 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): E. Van den Broeck, M. Bocus
    Probleemstelling: The excessive exploitation of crude oil in the past decades has severely reduced the number of easily accessible oilfields around the globe. Despite the possibility to promote a transition towards greener sources of energy... Read more
  37. 20MAT05 / Solid-state physics
    Supervisor(s): S. Cottenier, T. Van Hoolst / Counsellor(s): M. Larmuseau, M. Sluydts, A. Rivoldini
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  38. 20NANO10 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): S.M.J. Rogge, S. Borgmans, A. Lamaire
    Probleemstelling: 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... Read more
  39. 20NANO06 / Nanoporous materials - catalysis
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck, L. Vanduyfhuys / Counsellor(s): K. Dedecker, A.E.J. Hoffman
    Probleemstelling: Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of porous crystalline materials that consist of inorganic metal nodes connected with organic linkers. These hybrid structures are interesting materials from an application point-... Read more
  40. 20MODEV01 / Model and software development
    Supervisor(s): V. Van Speybroeck / Counsellor(s): A. Lamaire, S.M.J. Rogge
    Probleemstelling: Within the field of nanoporous materials [1], zeolites [2] and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) [3, 4] form two classes of materials that are widely investigated, both computationally and experimentally, due to their... Read more