The research focus lies on the development of novel microscopy modalities that enable in situ characterization of advanced materials. Research efforts are mainly centered around optical microscopy with the development of various fluorescence and Raman based imaging approaches as well as the combination of optical microscopy and electron microscopy.
Being part of the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, a significant part of the research is centered around studying working catalysts and to use the gained insights in the development of better catalysts. Besides fundamental understanding of traditional ‘thermal’ catalysts and photocatalysts also unraveling the functioning of novel nanomaterials for solar cells is aimed for. Furthermore, many of the experimental techniques also have a clear application in biomedical research.
The group is mainly housed in the NanoCentre of the KU Leuven.