The research group L3 currently has the following members :

Academic staff

  • Rik Van Deun
    Rik.VanDeun [at]

    Head of the Luminescent Lathanide Lab

Post-doc researchers

  • Joydeb Goura
    Joydeb.Goura [at]

    Designs coordination compounds for luminescent and magnetic applications.

  • Manjari Jayendran
    Manjari.Jayendran [at]

    Develops lanthanide coordination polymers and studies their structure-function relationship.

PhD researchers

  • Jieqi Hu
    Jieqi.Hu [at]

    Investigates charge-transfer phenomena in lanthanide-doped CaF2 (in co-promotership with prof. Smet (WE04)).

  • Maya Boone
    maya.boone [at]

    Designs non-carboxylate lanthanide coordination polymers.

  • Wanlu Liu
    wanlu.liu [at]

    Develops lanthanide-containing PMOs (in co-promotership with prof. Van Der Voort and prof. Kaczmarek).

Former post-doc researchers

1 September 2014 - 31 July 2015
Aleksandar Savić

Synthesized luminescent lanthanide and ruthernium complexes for DNA-intercalation

Kai Li

Designed and synthesized inorganic luminescent materials for LED applications.

Anna M. Kaczmarek

Investigated luminescent rare-earth materials for temperature sensing.

Flavia Artizzu

Developed nanocomposite materials for highly efficient sensitized near-infrared lanthanide emission

Former Phd researchers

Jing Liu

Made luminescent lanthanide-doped nanomaterials based on upconversion and downshifting.

Jeroen De Decker

Made porous materials for rare-earth recuperation from waste streams (in collaboration with prof. Van Der Voort and De Clercq)
(PhD defence: 12 June 2017)

Dimitrije Mara

Studied materials that show temperature-dependent luminescence.

Min Zeng

Developed lanthanide-doped perovskites.

Tim Verdonck

Investigated chromium deposition during steel electroplating (in collaboration with prof. K. Van Hecke)

Ken Princen

Studied bio-conjugation of polyoxometalates for life science applications (in collaboration with prof. K. Van Hecke)

Roel Decadt

Studied luminescent lanthanide MOFs
(PhD defence: 11 May 2015)

Chaoqing Yang

Made lanthanide-containing hydrogen-bonded organic frameworks (HOFs)

Anna M. Kaczmarek

Made luminescent rare-earth carbonate and tungstate materials at the micro- and nano-scale
(PhD defence: 27 February 2015)

Former visiting post-doc / PhD researchers

15 September 2015 - June 2016
Parviz Gohari Derakhshandeh

Department of Chemistry, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran
Made luminescent lanthanide-containing coordination polymers (in co-promotership with prof. K. Van Hecke)

7 April 2014 – 7 May 2014
Flavia Artizzu

Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Performed absolute quantum yield measurements on near-infrared emitting lanthanide quinolinates

1 April 2015 – 31 July 2015
Ilaria Nelli

Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Università di Genova, Italy (prof. G. Costa)
Studied luminescent rare-earth oxides and oxycarbonates

2 April 2014 – 29 June 2014
Federico Locardi

Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Università di Genova, Italy (prof. G. Costa)
Made lanthanide carbonate particles at the nano and micro size

Former thesis students

Volker Jens Schwerdtner

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Synthesized ruthenium complexes for DNA-interaction (in co-promotership with prof. Van Hecke)

Linde Miermans

Made luminescent lanthanide carbonate particles

Micheline D'hooge

Made luminescent rare-earth vanadates at the nano- and micro-scale

Stefanie Smeets

Investigated luminescent lanthanide MOFs

Florence Haepers

Made luminescent lanthanide complexes for DNA-interaction (in co-promotership with prof. K. Van Hecke)

Roel Decadt

Studied luminescent carboxylate lanthanide MOFs (in co-promotership with prof. P. Van Der Voort)

Tineke Mortier

Investigated 3d-4f Schiff base complexes (in co-promotership with prof. K. Van Hecke)

Jeroen De Cock

Studied interactions between polyoxometalates and proteins (promoter: prof. K. Van Hecke)

Jason Serck

Synthesized luminescent lanthanide MOFs

Elena Quinteiro González (Vigo University, Spain)

Developed lanthanide-doped tungstates for white-light emission via upconversion and/or downshifting

Dorine Ndagsi

Made white light emitting lanthanide-doped rare-earth tungstate and vanadate materials

Giovanni Pampararo (Genova University, Italy)

Made europium-doped alkaline-earth tungstates

Matthias Van Zele

Studied ink jet printing of luminescent thin films containing lanthanide-doped nano phosphors