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Summary

A pragmatic, dedicated senior researcher (physical-organic chemist) specialized in organic materials for (opto-)electronics who likes to tackle complex problems and is ready for other challenges in research. I enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment, stimulating others and connecting people with different backgrounds to deliver innovative concepts and results in team. I have strong communication skills, especially across disciplines and at all levels of the organization and a clear and concise presentation style.

Experiences

Past Experience

  • Post-doctoral researcher Diepenbeek, Belgium
    September 2006 --- August 2012

    • Started research on polythiophene nanofiber preparation and characterization in collaboration with CEA Grenoble. Initiated collaboration with the UHasselt physics dept., resulting in a publication and an E-MRS conference oral presentation.
    • Developed a novel way to control the fraction of crystalline polymer nanofibers in the active layer of organic solar cells. Collaboration with the UHasselt physics dept. lead to a patent and two papers.
    • Initiated and lead a research project on poly(3-alkylthiophene)s and crystalline nanofibers made from these polymers in relation to transistor performance which lead to funding for several PhD and postdoc projects (7 fte in total), 8 publications of which 4 in high impact journals, several presentations at (international) conferences and caught international attention.
    • Developed a ‘building block’ for the up-scalable synthesis of a range of n-type small molecules with specific electronic properties (e. high electron mobility, LUMO level around -4.5 eV, air stable FET operation) as well as small molecule semiconductors with other properties.
    • Supervised a lab-assistant and several PhD students leading to a PhD Thesis Committee Membership for four of them.
    • Responsible for the timely completion of several Work Packages of European Projects.
    • Stimulated research on the role of charge-transfer complexes in organic solar cells in the UHasselt physics department, ultimately leading to collaboration, higher quality research and 2 publications.
    • Contributed to the long-term research vision of the UHasselt physics department.
    • Wrote a European Science Foundation - Exchange Grant proposal for a scientist from abroad to collaborate with us in Hasselt University, which was granted.
    • Represented the head of the department in several project meetings and in a seminar (presentation).

  • Marie-Curie Host Fellow & Experienced Researcher FP6 Diepenbeek, Belgium
    September 2004 --- September 2006

    • Improved the polymerization protocol for the synthesis of poly(3-alkylthiophene) semiconducting polymers via the Rieke method (1 publication). This allowed the synthesis and characterization of several (functionalised) polymeric semiconductors and demonstration of state-of-the-art P3HT/PCBM solar cell efficiencies by IMEC.
    • Transferred this knowledge to a PhD student and guided him in his research on solar cells from functionalized poly(3-alkylthiophene)s, resulting in a finished PhD and 3 co-authored publications.

  • Post-doctoral researcher Diepenbeek, Belgium
    April 2004 --- August 2004

    • Synthesized and characterised several small molecule p-type semiconductors for use in organic electronic devices within the context of an EU-project.
    • Collaboration with IMEC to produce a light-emitting field-effect transistor with one of these molecules, resulting in 2 publications.

  • PhD student Utrecht, Netherlands
    October 1996 --- September 2002

    • Elucidated photo-induced charge separation and recombination kinetics in a special kind of organic molecules, both in solution and in the solid state resulting in 5 first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals.
    • Thesis (defended 9 September 2002): Electron Transfer in Donor–Bridge–Acceptor Systems and Derived Materials.
    • Have taught practical organic chemistry courses to chemistry and medical biology students.

Personality

Self Assessment :
Attention to detailAnalytical thinkingCollaborationCritical thinkingStrategic thinking

Knowledge

Self Assessment :
R&DChemistryPolymer Chemistry

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Guide students Write papersCoach staffConduct research at universitiesConduct university research Data analysisManuscript preparation and reviewOral presentationSupervise techniciansGuide staff

Education

  • Master in Chemistry from Utrecht University in 1996
  • Bachelor in Chemistry from Utrecht University in 1993

Training and Certification

  • The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World – UCIrvine, Coursera.org in 2014 Training
  • The Power of Microeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World – UCIrvine, Coursera.org in 2014 Training
  • Adhesion Science and Technology (8 & 9 December) – IMEC, Leuven in 2008 Training
  • Leadership Course* – Royal Dutch Chemical Society (KNCV), Utrecht in 2003 Training
  • Languages

    BrightOwl Assessment:
    Self Assessment:
    Dutch
    Native
    English
    Full Proficiency
    German
    Elementary Proficiency
    French
    Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    2 weeks
  • Positions I am interested in:
    Senior Scientist Scientific Researcher Associate Scientist Research Scientist Scientific Advisor Principal Scientist Scientist
  • Locations I am interested in:
    Antwerp, Belgium Brussels, Belgium Eindhoven, Netherlands Hasselt, Belgium Leuven, Belgium Liège, Belgium Maastricht, Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands
  • Work From Home:
    No
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position :    70%-100% FTE
  • International:
    Yes

Area / Region

Hasselt, Belgium

Others

Driving License
  • Yes