Prizes and Awards

Prizes and Awards

Prijs van de Onderzoeksraad Frans VERBEURE

Prijs van de Onderzoeksraad Frans VERBEURE  

On 13 November 2019 the University of Antwerp’s Academic Awards in the domains of education, research and services to society have been presented. Annick De Backer won the prize in the category Research. She explains her work in the movie below.

RBSM Meeting 2019

RBSM Meeting 2019  

At the Royal Belgian Society for Microscopy 2 EMAT members won a prize.
Congratulations to Alexander Skorikov: "Best oral presentation in the materials science session" and to Jarmo Fatermans: "Best Poster Award"

FWO PhD Fellowship for Annelies De wael

FWO PhD Fellowship renewal for Annelies De wael!  

Congratulations to Annelies De wael! She receives a prolongation of her FWO PhD Fellowship. The grant, entitled “Retrieving maximum structural information of beam-sensitive materials using low dose scanning transmission electron microscopy​”, will run for 2 more years.

Annick De Backer obtained an FWO senior postdoctoral grant

FWO grant for Annick De Backer 

Congratulations to Annick De Backer! She obtained an FWO senior postdoctoral grant. The grant, entitled “High-throughput quantitative atomic resolution electron microscopy using real-time image simulations”, will start in October 2019 and will run for 3 years.

SBO Grant for Sara Bals

SBO Grant for Sara Bals

The Strategic Basic Research (SBO) programme focuses on innovative research which, if scientifically successful, will create prospects for economic or societal applications (e.g., a new generation of products, processes and/or services).

Title of the Grant received:
PROCEED – Hybrid Perovskites as a material platform for conversion, emission and detection of light
Consortiumpartners:
imec, UGent, UHasselt, KULeuven, Uantwerpen

Abstract:
PROCEED aims to develop new hybrid perovskite materials for next-generation light detectors, emitters and harvesters. Beyond photovoltaics, hybrid perovskites are materials with high potential for highly relevant applications such as X-ray detectors and lasers. To make this potential effective, the chemical and structural flexibility of hybrid perovskites will be exploited to bring the material architecture to a next level of complexity, with the introduction of extra functionalities by means of variation of composition, doping and ligand chemistry strategy. Implementation of novel hybrid perovskites of different composition and dimensionality (2D, 3D), structures (nanoplatelets, thin films, thick layers including nanocrystals), controlled morphology (crystallinity, uniformity), and their further integration in advanced device structures, will enable order-of-magnitude of improvement of the material stability together with a strong increase of the first figure-of-merit for each selected application (sensitivity for X-ray detectors, modal gain for laser, and power conversion efficiency for solar cells), and with lower or similar production costs.

Marie Curie Individual Fellowship

Marie Curie Individual Fellowship

Magnus Nord is awarded with the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIP.
The project 'Nanometre scale imaging of magnetic perovskite oxide thin films using scanning transmission electron microscopy’ starts the 1st of April 2019.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers' careers - be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers - and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA enable research-focused organisations (universities, research centres, and companies) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.

Women of Materials Science 2018

Celebrating Excellence in Research: Women of Materials Science

  • Nathalie Claes and Sara Bals have been re-published in themed collection of Royal Society of Chemistry.
    "Characterization of silver-polymer core–shell nanoparticles using electron microscopy": Using electron microscopy, polymer encapsulated silver nanoparticles were visualized and their coverage, molecular structure and plasmonic properties could be investigated. 
    (Nathalie Claes, Ramesh Asapu, Natan Blommaerts, Sammy W. Verbruggen, Silvia Lenaerts and Sara Bals)
    The article was first published on 16 April, 2018 - Nanoscale, 2018,10, 9186-9191
  • The same applies to an article of Annick De Backer, Sara Bals and Sandra Van Aert:
    "Three-dimensional atomic models from a single projection using Z-contrast imaging: verification by electron tomography and opportunities": A recently developed atom-counting/energy-minimization method to reconstruct 3D atomic models from a single Z-contrast image is validated and its utility is illustrated.
    (A. De Backer, L. Jones, I. Lobato, T. Altantzis, B. Goris, P. D. Nellist, S. Bals and S. Van Aert)
    The article was first published on 09 June 2017 - Nanoscale, 2017,9, 8791-8798

Esomat 2018

Esomat 2018

Saeid Pourbabak won the AWARD for the BEST POSTER at the 11th European Symposium on Martensitic Transformations. Organized by Georgia Tech Lorraine, the University of Lorraine and Art et Métiers ParisTech.
Title of his poster: "Ni-TiIn-Situ Stress Induced Martensitic Transformation and Strain Mapping in a TEM".

August 27 - 31, 2018,  Metz (FR)

RBSM PhD award, 2018

RBSM PhD award, 2018

Eva Bladt wins RBSM PhD award in the category Physics and Material Science.
On September 20-21, 2018, RBSM and the Belgian Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (BSCDB) will organise a joint meeting at the University of Antwerp. This event will be accompanied by the best BSCDB/RBSM PhD thesis awards. 

Eva Bladt obtains FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship

Eva Bladt obtains FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship

The FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship is a 3-year project and is called  'Three-dimensional characterization of the growth of anisotropic Au nanoparticles​' 
June 2018.

Francqui

Francqui Research Professor 2017-2020

On the occasion of her appointment as Francqui Research Professor 2017-2020, Sara Bals gave an inaugural lecture entitled Electron tomography: a 3D view into the world of atoms.
In awarding the title of Research Professor, the Francqui Foundation grants a professor or other young researcher at a Belgian university the opportunity to devote all of his or her time to research. Thanks to this fellowship and the associated research credits, Professor Sara Bals can spend the next three academic years focusing on research in the field of Transmission Electron Microscopy.