A-Sense Lab regularly has PhD or postdoc vacancies. You can find them via the academic personnel vacancies or contact

The Antwerp Doctorate School (ADS) can help you during your PhD and prepares you for your further career.


All PhD theses:


Singlet oxygen-based photoelectrocatalysis: from photosensitizer structures to plasmonic enhancement

Shahid Ullah Khan

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Sammy Verbruggen


Singlet oxygen-based photoelectrochemical detection of nucleic acids

​Thiruvottriyur Shanmugam Saranya

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Stanislav Trashin

Singlet Oxygen-based Photoelectrochemical Detection of Phenolic Contaminants

Liselotte Neven

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Sabine Van Doorslaer

Development of semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical sensing strategies for phenolic compounds in natural and supply water

Camilla Mendonca Verbinnen

Promotors: Sergio A.S. Machado and Karolien De Wael

PFAS Sensing: Concept design of electrochemical and optical, bio- and biomimetic strategies

Giulia Moro

Promotors: Enzo Alessio, Ligia Maria Moretto and Karolien De Wael


The development of sensitive and selective electrochemical methods for the detection of antibiotics

Adrian-Marian Blidar

Promotor: Cecilia Cristea and Karolien De Wael

Cephalosporin antibiotics: electrochemical fingerprints and redox pathways investigated by mass spectral analysis

Nick Sleegers

Promotor: Karolien De Wael

Shaping up oligonucleotides: aptamer-target recognition investigated by native mass spectrometry

Elise Daems

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Frank Sobott

Novel insights and approaches for the analytical characterization of tangible cultural heritage objects.

Andrea Marchetti

Promotors: Karolien De Wael


A highly accurate portable electrochemical sensor for cocaine: from methodology to testing in field

Mats de Jong

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Nele Samyn

Qualitative and quantitative determination of cocaine using mid-infrared spectroscopy and chemometrics

Joy Eliaerts

Promotors: Karolien De Wael, Koen Janssens and Nathalie Meert (NICC)

Bio(inspired) strategies for the electro-sensing of β-lactam antibiotics

Fabio Bottari

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Ronny Blust

Magnetic and analytical fingerprinting of pariculate matter for urban (bio)monitoring

Ana Teixeira Castanheiro 

Promotors: Roeland Samson and Karolien De Wael


Highly specific X-ray powder diffraction imaging at the macroscopic and microscopic scale

Frederik Vanmeert

Promotors: Koen Janssens and Karolien De Wael


Electrosensing applications by using titania as a support for bio(inspired) molecules

Vanoushe Rahemi 

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Vera Meynen

Investigation on the use of mesoporous titanium dioxide as a substrate for globin adsorption: a strategy for protein based (electro) sensing

Stefano Loreto

Promotors: Vera Meynen and Karolien De Wael

Electrosynthesis as an environmentally friendly production method A screening methodology towards upscaling​

Danny Pauwels 

Promotors: Tom Breugelmans and Karolien De Wael

Historical Copper- and Lead Alloys at the Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp

Patrick Storme 

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Joost Caen


Cooperative electrocatalytic alcohol oxidation: quest for an optimal mediator system

Jeroen Lybaert 

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Kourosch Abasspour Tehrani 


Development of new strategies for electrochemical aptasensing

Sanaz Pilehvar

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and Ronny Blust


Utilization of magnetic nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes to fabrication electrochemical sensors for determination of some important biological and pharmaceutical compounds

Mohaddeseh Amiri-Aref 

Promotors: Jahan Bakhsh Raoof and Karolien De Wael

Extraction of some pharmaceutical and organic compounds from biological and environmental samples using solid phase extraction based on iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles and dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction and their determination by HPLC

Elias Ranjbari 

Promotors: Mohammad Reza Hadjmohammadi and Karolien De Wael


Analytical methodology for combined stable carbon isotope ratio and concentration measurement of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in air particulate matter

Anna Buczynska 

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and René Van Grieken

The influence of pariculate matter on cultural heritage. Chemical characterisation of the interaction between atmospheric environment and pigments

Willemien Anaf

Promoters: Karolien De Wael and Koen Janssens


Chemical characterization of particulate air pollutants : Case studies concerning indoor air quality, cultural heritage and the marine environment

Benjamin Horemans

Promotors: Karolien De Wael and René Van Grieken


Tetrasulphonated phthalocyanine thin films deposited on gold electrodes: a study using voltammetry and synchrotron micro X-ray fluorescence

Karl Peeters

Promotors: Annemie Adriaens, Laszlo Vincze and Karolien De Wael