In July 2013, I graduated both from ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) as a "Master of Science in Chemical and Materials Engineering" from the international Bruface program.
I have started my PhD in collaboration with Hasselt Universiy (granted by IWT, agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie) the first of January 2014. This PhD, entitled "On the importance of structural disorder and eutectic mixing for organic photovoltaic systems. Development of state diagrams through advanced thermal analysis", relies on the use of advanced thermal analysis (Rapid Heat-Cool Calorimetry) to understand the effects of the eutectic mixing and morphology development on the performance of the active layer in Organic Solar Cells (OSC).
In parallel to my PhD, I have pursued a full complementary master’s in management at Solvay business school in evening courses from which I graduated in july 2016. I was finally conferred the degree of Doctor of engineering science the 18th April 2018.
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The main goal of the project is to unravel nanomorphology formation at the molecular level and its effect on device performance beyond the state-of-the-art by an integrated experimental effort and a unique combination of equipment and expertises, aiming at the study of blends via advanced thermal analysis, solid-state NMR, and X-ray diffraction and ptychography 3D imaging techniques, combined ...
The photovoltaic behavior of organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) blends of conjugated (donor) polymers and fullerene (acceptor) derivatives has been subject of many studies in fundamental chemistry and physics since its initial discovery in 1995. From the general understanding at this moment, the nanomorphology of the active layer blend seems to be crucial. The latter is the result of a complex ...
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