LumiLab group members

October 2022.  Front row, from left to right: Jieqi, Zetian, Franca, Khadija, Lisa, Celina, Mengmeng and Jonas. Back row, left to right: Ewoud, Luiz, Maxime, Verena, Philippe, Lander, Seppe, Dirk and David.


Prof. Dirk Poelman

Prof. Philippe Smet

Post-doctoral researchers

David Van der Heggen

Post-doc working on persistent luminescent materials. Quantifying the energy that can be stored in them and trying to unravel the underlying trapping mechanism. Read all about it here.

Jonas Joos 

Post-doc studying the relation between the electronic structure and functional behavior of luminescent materials. Find out more

PhD students

Anthony Parmentier

Anthony studied all kinds of thiosilicate phosphors with various colours and smells. Currently he is involved in the training of young physics teachers. Read more here.

Ewoud Cosaert

Teaching assistant doing a PhD on the photocatalytic abatement of VOCs. More information on Ewoud and his work can be found here.

Hadis Mortazavi Milani

PhD student on photocatalytic degradaion of pollutants. 

Jieqi Hu

PhD student working on optically stimulated luminescence. 

Khadija Kaaroud

PhD student in chemistry, eager to explore the world of luminescent materials. Khadija is visiting us for 6 months from the University of Monastir in Tunisia. 

Lisa Martin

Teaching assistant doing a PhD on luminescence microscopy. Find out more.

Maxime Delaey

After his Master's thesis on NIR luminescent nanocrystals for bioimaging, Maxime is now the newest asset to our team and starting his PhD soon.

Robin Petit

PhD student finalizing his work on organic/inorganic hybrid materials for lighting applications. Read more here.

Verena Fritz

PhD student working on persistent phosphors for outdoor applications. Read more here.

Zetian Yang

PhD student working on photochromic materials and the switchable material SmS. Read all about it here.


Celina Matuszewska

PhD student on IR emitting phosphors visiting from Hong Kong Baptist University. 

Franca Ugbo

Visiting PhD student from Cagliari University, Italy.

Lu Pan

PhD student from Beijing working on NIR persistent phosphors.

Luiz Jacobsohn

Professor at the department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University (USA) currently visiting LumiLab on a Fulbright sabbatical.

Mengmeng Jiao
Professor on luminescence from China learning the ins and outs of quantummechanical computing at LumiLab.

Quan Zhang

PhD student from Nanjing University working on DFT calculations and NIR persistent luminescence.

Master students

Lander Van Bogaert

Lander will develop and test a wireless, battery-free, integrating light sensor based on luminescent materials. His research will focus on extending the operation lifetime of the sensor from one day to several weeks when being exposed to harsh outdoor conditions.

Seppe Van Bogaert

Seppe will join a research project on the development of near-infrared emitting luminescent nanoparticles for multimodal medical imaging applications.

Technical staff members

Johan Van Driessche

Electronics engineer. Technical support personnel for Lumilab and in his spare time, likes a good game of chess.

Former co-workers

Ang Feng (2015-2022)

Ang has recently defended his PhD on mechanoluminescent materials. Find out more.

Xiaowu Hu  (2022)

PhD student visiting from the University of Verona, Italy.

Mirza Wazir ud Din (2022)

Exchange PhD scholar visiting us from Pakistan. Mirza is working on the characterization and application of luminescent materials as passive radiation dosimeters. Characterization using TL/OSL/RPL for tissue equivalent dosimeters has numerous application in the medical and nuclear industry.

Dumisani Mlotswa (2022)

Visting PhD student from the University of South Africa, working to develop a non-electric light source through persistent luminescence. 

Lucas Erasmus (2022)

Visiting Phd student from Bloemfontein, South Africa, working on hybrid phosphor-polymer layers as solar converters and concentrators.

Simon Michels (2016-2022)

Simon laid important groundwork on acoustically produced luminescence during his PhD at LumiLab. Find out more here.  He is now working as an innovation engineer at Be-Mobile. 

Hairong Hu (2020-2021)

Post-doc visiting from Hunan University of Science and Technology (China), who worked on UV/NUV-excited luminescent materials for white LEDs.

Jiaren Du (2016 - 2021)

Jiaren studied the charge transfer process in trap-controlled materials. He is now a professor in China. Read about his research at Ghent University here

Esra Balci (2020)

Erasmus student from Turkey doing a study on NIR emitting phosphors.

Andreas Sousanis (2015 - 2020)

Andreas obtained his PhD in 2020 for his work on the switchable material SmS and its properties. 

Reinert Verstraete (2015 - 2019)

In the beginning of 2020 Reinert defended his PhD on phosphor materials for remote phosphor applications and device implementation. 

José Miranda de Carvalho Junior (2018-2019)

Postdoctoral researcher working on the structure-property relationships of some persistent phosphors obtained by microwave-assisted solid-state (MASS) synthesis.  

Tecla Carbonati (2019)

Erasmus student from University of Milan (Italy) visiting the LumiLab research group. Master student in chemistry, working on the synthesis and characterization of IR emitting YAG:Nd.

Ying Zhao (2019)

Second year PhD student visiting from China. During her one year exchange in Ghent she was working on the synthesis and optical analysis of thermoluminescence materials.

Olivier De Clercq (2014 - 2018)

In 2019 Olivier obtained his PhD on persistent luminescent materials for medical imaging applications, in collaboration with the faculty of Pharmacy.  Now he is working at the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control.

Tomas Steponavicius (2017)

Visiting student from Vilnius University, helping us with automating real-time color measurements.

Atul Sontakke (2017)

Post-doctoral researcher from India, visiting us from Chimie Paris Tech. Atul is exploring new luminescent materials for white LEDs.

Azucena Arias (2017)

Azucena was a visiting PhD student from Mexico for a period of 3 months in 2017.

Katleen Korthout (2009 - 2017)

Katleen obtained her PhD on X-ray absorption spectroscopy in 2013. She stayed on as a postdoc in our group, continuing the good work with XANES and EXAFS on luminescent materials. Currently Katleen works at Atlas Copco.

Barbara Adamczyk (2016)

Polish PhD student joining us for three months while studying the influence of flux addition and synthesis method on photoluminescent properties of oxynitride phosphors.

Marta Tiberi (2016)

Exchange student from University of Milan, working on the characterization of YAG and YAGG.

Sofie Abé (2010 - 2016)

Sofie obtained her PhD at PCN group and Lumilab for developing nanomaterials based on chalcopyrite Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 nanocrystals as Cd-free phosphors for warm white LEDs. She can no longer be found in a lab in S3, since she now works at Copagro.

Katrien Meert (2011 - 2016)

Katrien obtained her PhD in January 2016. She is now working on secure disposal of radioactive waste at Niras (Brussels).

Koen Van den Eeckhout (2009 - 2015)

Former PhD student and post-doc looking for novel phosphors to make LED lighting cheaper and better. Enjoys messing around with Matlab or Illustrator. Spends his free time listening to movie soundtracks, looking at glow-in-the-dark toys or traveling around Europe and the rest of the world. Now he has his own company which specializes in turning complex information into powerful visuals.

Luca Porati (2015)

Erasmus student from University of Milan (Italy) visiting the LumiLab research group from January 2015 until May 2015. Master student in chemistry, working on the characterization of calcium titanate and investigating on its luminescent properties.

Jonas Botterman (2010 - 2015)

Former PhD student on persistent luminescence and mechanoluminescence, who was also strongly involved in the International Year of Light (2015). Now working in industrial automation.

Luyanda Lunga Noto (2014)

Visiting PhD student from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein (South Africa)

Hajieh Bastami (2012 - 2014)

Belspo - Marie Curie post-doc working on low temperature synthesis methods for phosphor materials.

Iolanda Cimieri (2009 - 2013)

Successfully completed her PhD on photocatalysis. She investigated how TiO2 thin layers can help removing volatile organic compounds for air purifaction.

Javier del Castillo Vargas (2013)

Assistant professor at University of La Laguna (Tenerife); He works on sol-gel glass-ceramic materials for luminescent applications and he is also interested in develop materials by solvothermal synthesis for biomedical applications.

Nursen Avci (2007 - 2013)

Nursen was an Erasmus student in our group, later a PhD student, and finally a post-doc researcher. She was working on non-aqeous sol-gel synthesis of oxide layers for luminescence applications. Later, she was also involved in an industrial project on projection screens, together with the company Barco, where she is currently working.

Alfonso Ramirez

Professor at the Universidad del Cauca in Colombia, worked in our lab as part of an exchange program on catalysis.

Daniela Meroni

Exchange student from the University of Milan (Italy) who worked in our lab on photocatalysis for 3 months.

Davy Wauters

Independent patent attorney, founder of ‘DenK iP’.

Dirk Detollenaere

Beam line technician at the DUBBLE beamline (BM26) at the ESRF in Grenoble.

Do Quang Trung

PhD student and visitor from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Vietnam. Trung works on luminescent materials for lighting.

Edith Rogers

PhD student at TU Delft, in the research group 'Radiation, Detection & Medical Imaging', working on switchable materials. Visited LumiLab for the deposition of samarium sulfide thin films.

Enea Michelena

Has been working on powder-EL phosphors in LumiLab. Is now a teacher in a secondary school.

Jo Van Haecke (2004 - 2007)

Former PhD student, currently working for Barco.

Hilde Poelman

Post-doc researcher. Involved in LumiLab through research on photocatalytic properties of thin titania films for air purification. Special interests are properties of vanadia in all its forms, interpreting XPS measurements and EXAFS. Currently working in the Laboratory for Chemical Technology.

Karin Eufinger

Former PhD student on photocatalytic air purification.

Lia Trapaidze

Post-doc from Tbilisi, Georgia. Has been working in LumiLab as a NATO research fellow.

Marilena Bartic

Marilena has spent almost a year with us as a post-doc to study photocatalysis in TiO2 thin layers.

Penka Voneva

Exchange researcher from Rousse University (Bulgaria). She worked in 2007 for several months at LumiLab on the sol-gel deposition of barium titanate thin films.

Rita Vercaemst

Made a PhD on CaS:Eu electroluminescent devices in our lab. Currently working as Performance Manager at Alpro.

Samira Mammadova

Visiting PhD student from Baku, Azerbaijan

Samuel Poncé

PhD student from the UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain) performing ab-initio calculations on luminescence and comparing the results with experimental data.