Research Group

Personal Data & Academic Degrees

  • Place & date of birth: Bonheiden (Belgium), 11-7-1972
  • Industrial Engineer electronics and telecommunication
  • Ph.D. Physics: 27.06.2002 (University of Antwerp) "Electron energy loss spectroscopy of nanoscale materials"

Scientific Career

  • 1998-2002: Ph.D. Researcher at the University of Antwerp (IUAP 4/10)
  • 2001: visiting student at Cornell University (USA)
  • 2002-2012: Postdoc Researcher at the University of Antwerp
  • 2006-2007: visiting scientist at the TU Vienna ( Austria )
  • 2011 ERC starting grant winner VORTEX: 'Exploring electron vortices'
  • Ernst Ruska Prize winner 2011 for the work on ‘EELS quantification and electron vortex beams'
  • 2013: Full Professor

Scientific Activities

  • Over 90 publications in international journals with referee system
  • Invited speaker at numerous international conferences
  • Over 700 citations
  • Author of the EELSMODEL program to quantify EELS spectra
  • Participant in different national and international projects, among which
    • GOA (UA): Xanes meets ELNES
    • IFOX (EU, FP7): ‘Interfacing oxides'
    • ERC starting grant (EU, FP7): VORTEX exploring electron vortex beams
    • FWO (Flanders): Metal based nucleation layers for the growth of nanocrystalline diamond

Main Topics of Interest

  • Electron vortices and topological effects in the TEM
  • Coherence issues in inelastic scattering
  • Inelastic image simulation for STEM EELS and EFTEM
  • Electronic structure mapping at atomic resolution
  • Magnetic mapping at atomic resolution
  • Complex oxide materials
  • Magnetic materials
  • Diamond and related materials
  • Quantitative EELS on the nanoscale (see EELSMODEL page)