Participants in Belgium


Prof. Dirk Lamoen is a member of the EMAT (Electron Microscopy for Materials Science) laboratory of the University of Antwerp. His research interests include first-principles calculations (within the density functional formalism) of structural, mechanical, electronic and optical properties of materials, computational high-throughput screening of materials for specific applications, (point) defects in semiconductors, transparent conducting oxides (e.g. ZnO), solar cell absorber layers (e.g. CIGS, CZTS), Bi-Sb-Te-Se alloys, and calculation of electron energy loss spectra, phonon spectra, optical absorption, etc.


The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Novel Materials at the University of Mons comprises about 30 researchers, including 7 permanent staff, 10 post-docs, 10 graduate students and 3 technical staff. The group is part of the Center for Innovation and Research on Materials and Polymers at UMons (140 researchers) and was awarded the 2003 Descartes Prize of the European Union for excellence in academic-industrial collaboration.

The research activities of the Laboratory for Chemistry of Novel Materials at the University of Mons/Materia Nova aim at: studying the morphological, electronic, optical, and transport properties of organic (semi)conducting materials in thin films; determining the chemical nature, the structure, and the electronic properties of organic/organic and organic/inorganic interfaces; understanding the self-assembly of functional (macro)molecules at surfaces, and designing novel supramolecular materials that combine biomolecules (nucleic acids or proteins) and (macro)molecular compounds with specific electronic and optical properties.

Key research facilities: In-house computing facilities to run force field and quantum-chemical calculations with a large choice of softwares. Local cluster (544 cores, 2.5 Tb memory, 25 Tb storage and 20 Tb scratch space, connected by Gbits networks). Access to the InterUniversity Scientific Computing Facility (ISCF) in Namur (792 cores, Tb memory and 47Tb disk space), as well as other shared computational facilities in Belgium (CECI). Programs: Commercial and in-house classical, quantum-chemical and solid-state physics packages (Gaussian, Turbomole, VASP, ADF, ZINDO, Ampac, Tinker, GROMACS, Crystal, etc).

For further information, please contact Dr David Beljonne.


Second Order Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopies of (Bio-)Organic Films at Solid/Air and Solid/Liquid Interfaces

The Lasers and Spectroscopies Laboratory (LLS) is a member of the Research Centre in Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR) of the University of Namur. The research activities of the LLS laboratory aim at studying the vibrational, electronic and optical properties of (bio)-organic thin films adsorbed on flat and nanostructured surfaces, through second order nonlinear optical spectroscopies, in particular sum-frequency generation (SFG) and second-harmonic generation (SHG). The main topics focus on the study of the structural properties of self-assembled monolayers and model lipid membranes, on the analysis of their interactions with biological species or with engineered nanomaterials (such as nanoparticles or nanorods for instance), and on the investigation of liquid crystal films owing strong nonlinear optical responses. An important research activity is also devoted to the amplification of nonlinear optical signals from materials, by using nanostructured substrates and their localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPR).

Research facilities in nonlinear optics:

  • Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) spectrometer (15 ps, 25 Hz, IR=2,6-9.0 ┬Ám/30 mW, Vis=470-670 nm/30 mW)
  • Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) spectrometer (100 fs, 100 MHz, 1560 nm, 200 mW)

For further details please contact Francesca Cecchet.