My research interests are nanochemistry and supramolecular chemistry on surfaces. Self-assembly on surfaces is a central theme of my research, with a focus on the relation between structure and function. Recent research activities cover a broad range of topics such as two-dimensional crystal engineering (e.g. formation of nanoporous surfaces, chirality at interfaces), templating, dynamics and reactivity. These studies aim at bringing insight in the fundamental aspects of molecule-substrate interactions and molecular organisation on surfaces, as well as the formation and use of these nanostructured functional surfaces (e.g. 2D materials). The liquid-solid interface is a preferred environment to induce self-assembly. Also biomolecular systems (DNA, proteins, their complexes, etc.) are investigated, with a focus on those that are involved in disease related processes. Scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy techniques are particularly useful to probe the structural, dynamic, and electronic properties of these surface-confined molecular systems.
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The group (July 2021)
My research focuses on fundamental aspects of supramolecular self-assembly on solid surfaces and its application towards functionalization of two-dimensional materials. I am also interested in on-surface covalent chemistry.
I obtained Ph.D. at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre under the supervision of Dr. Bhaskar Dutt. I am a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow and I am studying the impact of room temperature ionic liquids on the electronic properties of graphene using SPM and Raman techniques. I am also interested in 2D crystal engineering and surface-confined stimulus-responsive systems.
My research is about nanostructured covalent functionalization of 2D materials, and self-assembled molecular networks
Hi, I'm a new postdoc in the De Feyter group, coming from Argentina. Among other things, I will investigate the effect of electric fields on self-assembly and reactivity.
I'm investigating covalent grafting on surfaces for sensing applications
My PhD research topic is to investigate the impact of covalent surface modifications on the 2D crystallisation of organic molecules. Microfluidic flow-chemistry is being used to study molecular self-assembly under dynamic conditions. Scanning tunnelling microscopy and Raman spectroscopy are used to explore the nature of the surface before and after self-assembly.
For my master thesis I investigated the covalent modification (grafting) of gold substrates through the electrochemical reduction of diazonium salts and subsequently the impact of the grafted molecules on self-assembly on gold. As a PhD student, I continue that research.
Hi, I investigate multicomponent self-assembly on surfaces.
I'm PhD student an I investigate self-assembly and reactivity on surfaces.
During my PhD I will focus on the assembly of opto-electric and electrocatalytic molecules on boron nitride layers. I will study this using STM and spectroscopy in collaboration with prof. Mark Van der Auweraer. I will also focus on the introduction of boron nitride layers in dye-sensitized solar cells and electrocatalysis.
Sonia carries out PhD research in collaboration with Prof. L. Sangaletti (Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
I'm investigating fundamental aspects of self-assembled molecular networks at surfaces, mainly using scanning tunneling microscopy
My research is about nanostructured functionalization of graphite and graphene, and 2D self-assembled molecular networks
I am a CSC PhD student. I will work on nanostructuring surfaces and the impact on supramolecular self-assembly
I investigate the formation of metal organic frameworks on surfaces
I will focus my research on the chemical functionalization of 2D materials and polymorphism
My PhD topic is about the synthesis and characterization of two-dimensional synthetic materials on surfaces. I'm member of the Ultimate consortium.
Hi, I work on the covalent functionalization of 2D materials
Hi, I'm a CSC student and will investigate 2D molecular self-assembly dynamical processes on surfaces
Hi, investigate on-surface polymerisation reactions.
Hi, I'm an internship student from UCLL
Hi, I'm a visiting researcher (PhD student) from Beijing Jiaotong University and China National Center for Nanoscience and Technology
I'm investigating on-surface synthesis
I'm doing research on functionalized graphite particles and catalysis
I'm investigating protein-based 2D surface arrays
I'm investigating graphene field effect transistors
The impact of electric-field on polymerization reactions is the topic I'm investigating
Hi, I investigate aspects of thermodynamics of molecular self-assembly on surfaces
Hi, I'm investigating on-surface 2D metal-organic frameworks
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