Material chemistry and physics

Target Group

PhD students of the Doctoral Schools of Natural Sciences and (Bioscience) Engineering.

Organizing & Scientific Committee


Prof. Dr. Jonathan Leliaert
Faculty: Sciences - Department: Solid State Sciences

Other members of the organising & scientific committee

Prof. Iwan Moreels [Dept. of Chemistry, UGent]
Prof. Diederik Depla [Dept. of Solid State Sciences, UGent]
Prof. Jolien Dendooven [Dept. of Solid State Sciences, UGent]
Prof. Anna Kaczmarek [Dept. of Chemistry, UGent]


The specialist course in material chemistry and physics consists of a series of lectures, given with the aim to let the students overcome the confines of their own research topic and explore this broad and interdisciplinary field. The invited experts are all working at the forefront of this research topic but are also selected for their didactic qualities.

The school is focused around 3 topics (synthesis, characterization, applications), and for each topic, two 3-hour sessions are organized (6 in total), consisting of 2 lectures followed by a discussion, guided by a chair, between both lecturers and the students.

Topics and Objectives


1. Synthesis:
- Chemical synthesis of (nano)materials
- Growth of thin films

2. Characterization:
- Using photons and electrons in material analysis
- Optical, electronic and magnetic properties of materials

3. Applications
- Energy storage and conversion
- Applications of nanoparticles


The purpose of this school is to give the students a broader overview of materials chemistry and physics, such that they can better place their own research in the bigger picture and learn where there might be synergies between their own research and adjacent research topics. This will not only be achieved through the first-hand accounts of the expert lecturers but also through the discussions afterwards in which the lectures can go in debate with each other and the students. The poster session at the end of the school gives the students the opportunity to share their own research and learn about the research of their peers in the different departments whose research fits within the topic of this school.

Dates and Venue

Dates: 1 Sept 2022 → 30 June 2023
Number of contact hours (minimum 15): 6 x 3 (lectures and discussion) + 3 (poster reception) + hot topic lecture (2) = 23 hours
Venue: S2 faculty board room (lectures can also be delivered in a hybrid format, with the speaker online and the students physically present in the lecture room)

Program and Time schedule

1st semester


Growth of Thin films

October 12th, Faculty board room S2 building, 3rd floor, at 13:30

Kostas Sarakinos (University of Helsinki)

Adrie Mackus (TU Eindhoven)

Chemical synthesis of (nano)materials

November 10th,Faculty board room S2 building, 3rd floor, at 15:00

Maria Ibanez (IST Austria)

Anna Loiudice (EPFL)


Using photons and electrons in material analysis

December 13th, Faculty board room S2 building, 3rd floor, at 14:30

Sara Bals (University of Antwerp)

Sabrina Disch (University of Cologne)

February 2023 - Optical, electronic and magnetic properties of materials

March 2023

Hot topic lecture. Tentative title: “seeing an atom”


April 2023 - Energy storage and conversion

May 2023 - Applications of nanoparticles

June 2023

Poster reception


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If the course is fully booked, you can ask to be added to the waiting list by sending an e-mail to In case of cancellations, you can take the open place.

Registration fee

Free of charge for Doctoral School members of (Bioscience) Engineering and Natural Sciences of Ghent University

Teaching materials

The speakers will share their presentation with the students and the recorded lectures will be available for the duration of the school.

Number of participants

Max 30 participants.



Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

Attendance of at least 4 of the 6 afternoons + active participation in the poster reception, attendance to the hot topic lecture is encouraged but not mandatory. All lectures will be recorded and the students who were unable to attend one of the sessions will have the opportunity to view the lecture afterwards.