The team


Our international team of researchers is currently composed of the following members:

  • Prof. Yaroslav Filinchuk
  • Xiao Li, PhD student and CSC scholarship owner (2017 – present)
  • Véronique Louppe, PhD student and teaching assistant (2017 – present)
  • Timothy Steenhaut, PhD student and FRIA (FNRS) scholarship owner, copromotion with prof. Sophie Hermans (2017 – present)
  • Ting Zhang, PhD student and CSC scholarship owner, copromotion with prof. Michel Devillers (2018 – present)
  • Jian Wang, PhD student and CSC scholarship owner (2018 – present)
  • Igor Golub, Postdoc (ARC funding) (2019 – present)

Administrative and technical staff:

  • Céline Brochier, secretary
  • Koen Robeyns, XRD research logistician (ASM platform)
  • François Billard and Jean-François Statsyns, Technicians
  • Jean-Charles Godefroid, electromechanician

Former lab members:


  • Voraksmy Ban (2012 – 2015)
  • Nikolay Tumanov (2012 – 2016)
  • Gleb Veryasov (2017)
  • Damir Safin (2016 – 2017)
  • Maria Babashkina (2016 – 2017)

PhD students

Master students

  • Séraphin Lacour (20192020, CHIM student, co-promotion with prof. Sophie Hermans) – Thesis: “Functionalization of open-metal sites in stable MOFs through the use of small post-functionalized anchor molecules”
  • Julien Delderenne (20192021, BIR student, co-promotion with prof. Yann Garcia) – Thesis: “The gravimetric tank method to evaluate CO2 adsorption in MOFs”
  • Nicolas Grégoire (20182019, CHIM student) – Thesis: “Mechanochemical synthesis of defect-engineered HKUST‑1 for applications in catalysis and CO2 adsorption”
  • Volodia Gounaris (20172018, CHIM student, co-promotion with prof. Geoffroy Hautier) – Thesis: “Hydride-based metal-ion conductors studied by combined theoretical and experimental approach”
  • Véronique Louppe (20162017, CHIM student) – Thesis: “Accessing challenging amidoboranes for hydrogen storage”
  • Adel Moulai (20162017, CHIM student) – Thesis: “Development of Complex Hydrides for Hydrogen and Gas Storage”
  • Mathieu Vander Donckt (20162017, CHIM student) – Thesis: “Pronounced guest-guest interactions for noble gases in nanoporous borohydride revealed by structural studies”
  • Fabrice Morelle (20122013, CHIM student) – Thesis: “Réactions dans les systèmes de stockage d’hydrogène à base de borohydrures et d’amidures”