Research groups


The Center for Ordered Materials, Organometallics and Catalysis or COMOC, formed in 2007 by Prof. Pascal Van Der Voort, has grown into a very sizable group of around 30 researchers within the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. The research group has become one of the world leaders in the synthesis and applications of advanced, functional nanoporous hybrid materials. We are specialized in the development of Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs), Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas (PMOs) and metal oxides such as TiO2 and MgO. And we are fully equipped to synthesize and characterize these solids. These materials find applications in very different fields, e.g., as support for the heterogeneization of catalysts, adsorbent of toxic metals and gasses, chromatographic stationary packing materials, etc. We also collaborate with renowned research groups all over the world.


The Luminescent Lanthanide Lab, created in late 2008, studies the luminescence of lanthanide elements. Our research is aimed at understanding the relationship between the molecular structure of lanthanide-containing coordination compounds and their luminescence properties, with the aim of acquiring knowledge that can lead to the development of novel materials, to be used in optics, biological imaging, sensing, data transfer, etc. The lanthanides (or 4f elements) are a group of 15 metallic elements hidden away at the bottom of the periodic table, which are also sometimes refered to as the rare-earth elements. One of their most remarkable properties is bright and color pure luminescence, which explains their application in tv screens, lighting applications, lasers, etc.


Our research focuses on colloidal nanocrystals, an ideal starting point for multidisciplinary science where chemical synthesis and processing techniques are combined with the characterization and application of physical properties. Our group welcomes collaborations in this field, offering knowhow in synthesis and characterization of a number of semiconductor and metal colloidal nanocrystals.
Our group develops novel organometallic complexes capable of mediating homogeneous catalytic reactions. We investigate fundamental complex properties such as bond energies, structural properties as well as steric and electronic ligand characteristics in order to design more efficient/robust catalytic systems.


The key objectives of the SCRiPTS group, Sol-gel Centre for Research on Inorganic Powders and Thin films Synthesis, within the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry in the Faculty of Science of Ghent University can be described by 'controlled synthesis and surface chemistry of metal oxide nanoparticles and mesoporous materials' and 'chemical-solution-based coating development'. (Prof. I Van Driessche - Prof. K De Buysser).

Three research themes can be distinguished:

  • Controlled synthesis and characterization of metal oxide nanocrystals
  • Filling the gap between nanocrystals synthesis and their application by studying it's surface chemistry
  • Chemical solution deposition of functional coatings via ink jet printing

With these research themes and equipment facilities, the SCRiPTS group has the intention to provide a broad view to students and researchers in the development of ceramic nanocrystals, mesoporous materials and coatings towards its application. Here, we envisage applications in superconductivity, batteries, catalysis, sensors, etc. with the coorporation of specific companies.


Ghent Quantum Chemistry Group

Our main lines of research are:

  • Density matrix theory and chemical applications
  • Chiroptical spectroscopy (experimental and theoretical)
  • Atoms-in-molecules and chemical bonding
  • Conceptual Density Functional Theory
  • Method development



The XStruct research group focuses on X-ray structures in general and Bio-Inorganic Chemistry in specific. Single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) or crystallography is by far the most accurate way to obtain 3D structures of molecules at the atomic level. We use this technique to determine the molecular structures of several compounds, ranging from small (in)organic molecules, ionic liquids (IL's), metal-organic complexes and frameworks (MOF’s), bio-inorganic materials to modified DNA oligonucleotides and peptides.