AXES competence

The main analytical techniques about which expertise is present are: Electrochemical methods and X-Ray based methods such as X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) as well as Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled to Energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX). Complimentary spectroscopic or spectrometric methods such as vibrational techniques (Fourier Transformed Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy), Inorganic mass spectrometry (Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry) and various forms of computed X-ray tomography are frequently employed as well. The experimental studies are performed both in our own laboratory at the University of Antwerp (AXES) and at synchrotron radiation facilities (in France and Germany) and finds applications in a various fields such as environmental sciences, forensics, geology, physics, biology and cultural heritage.

Recent research topics are: 

  • Elemental and isotopic imaging of bio materials using LA-ICP-MS
  • Compositional analysis and provenancing of historical glass
  • Electrochemical aptasensor development
  • Finger-tip biosensors
  • Organic electrochemistry
  • Protein electrochemistry
  • Development of protein modified mesoporous materials for biosensing
  • Effect of indoor dust/air pollution on works of art
  • Macroscopic imaging of painted works of art via XRF, XRD and FTIR
  • Study of pigment degradation processes
  • Biological analysis
  • Synthesis of nanomaterials and their use in sensing applications