Workshop 1

The first HYCOAT Workshop "Hybrid nanocoatings through molecular layer deposition" will be held from August 27th to August 29th, 2018 at Ghent University, Belgium.

It serves as the kick-off event for the Early Stage Researchers of the program. In addition, anyone interested in thin film deposition of hybrid materials is warmly welcome to join.

The workshop is included as a specialist course in the doctoral training program of the UGent Doctoral School of Natural Sciences.


Topic and theme of the workshop

Hybrid materials offer the possibility of exploiting the materials properties of both their organic and inorganic constituents, with the attractive possibility of creating altogether novel functionalities. In thin film format, these materials can enable breakthroughs in several technological application areas such as packaging, electronics, and biomedical applications.

Combining inorganic and organic building blocks on a molecular scale is challenging due to the different preparative conditions needed for forming inorganic and organic networks. An attractive method is molecular layer deposition (MLD). In several aspects, MLD resembles the now mainstream technique of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). However, where ALD is limited to exclusively inorganic coatings, the precursor chemistry in MLD is expanded to include organics and enables linking both types of building blocks together in a controlled way to build up organic-inorganic hybrid materials. The technique has already been extended to cover a plethora of metal and organic components resulting in both amorphous and crystalline hybrid thin films with a wide range of potential applications.

This workshop serves as an introduction to the field of atomic and molecular layer deposition. The topics covered include the fundamentals of ALD and MLD, as well as the basic and applications of hybrid materials.

Tentative program

Monday August 27th

08:30 – 09:00      Registration & Coffee
09:00 – 10:30      Welcome & Introduction to ALD - Christophe Detavernier, UGent
10:30 – 11:00      Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30      Hybrid materials by MLD
12:30 – 13:30      Sandwich lunch
13:30 – 15:00      Chemistry of ALD/MLD precursors
15:00 – 15:30      Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00      ALD/MLD reactor design and precursor delivery - Paul Poodt, TNO

Tuesday August 28th

09:00 – 10:30      Diffusion phenomena in ALD - Mato Knez, nanoGUNE
10:30 – 11:00      Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30      Area selective ALD
12:30 – 14:00      Sandwich Lunch
14:00 – 18:00      Lab tour & Practical matters of HYCOAT (only for HYCOAT members)

Wednesday August 29th

09:00 – 10:30      Order and disorder in hybrid materials
10:30 – 11:00      Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30      ALD onto polymers and porous materials
12:30 – 13:30      Sandwich lunch
13:30 – 15:30      Presentations by HYCOAT Early Stage Researchers (only for HYCOAT members)
15:30 – 16:00      Coffee break
16:00 – 18:00      Presentations by HYCOAT Early Stage Researchers (only for HYCOAT members)


Multimedia auditorium in building S9, Campus Sterre, Ghent University
Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent, SoleWay


The workshop is open to all HYCOAT members, Doctoral Schools attendees and colleagues with an interest in hybrid materials and thin films. Participation is free of charge and includes lunches and coffee breaks, but registration is required. Online registration can be done via this link.


By flight to Belgium:
The closest airport to Ghent is Brussels National Airport (BRU), a.k.a. Zaventem, 67 kilometers from Ghent. There are direct flights to all major European cities several times per day.

By train to Ghent:
The most convenient way to get from Brussels National Airport to Ghent is by train. The airport train station is located on level -1 of the terminal. The departure station is Brussels Airport-Zaventem (Brussel-Nat-Luchthaven in Dutch or Bruxelles-Nat.-Aéroport in French). The destination station is called Gent Sint-Pieters (or Gand St.-Pierre in French). Tickets can be bought in the train station for about 16 euros per person for a one-way ticket. There are 3 trains per hour to Ghent, 1 of which is a direct fast train (54 min), 1 of which is a slow direct train (1 h 22 min), and 1 of which requires a connection in Brussels-South (Brussel-Zuid in Dutch or Bruxelles-Midi in French) (about 1 h). See here for a detailed timetable.

On foot from the railway station:
It is a 20 minute walk from Gent Sint-Pieters station to Campus Sterre. Leave the station via the front, main exit. When you leave the station go to your right, follow the 'Prinses Clementinalaan'. At the second traffic lights turn right, go under the railway bridge and follow the 'Krijgslaan'. At the first traffic lights, turn left (following the tram tracks). Immediately to your right is the main entrance of the campus. From the entrance follow the signs to building S9.

By tram from the railway station:
Leave the station via the front, main exit and take tram 21 or 22 which go in the direction 'Zwijnaarde'. It will bring you to the main entrance of Campus Sterre in 5 minutes. Get off at the tram stop 'Krijgslaan' at the crossing near the main entrance of the campus. From the entrance follow the signs to building S9.

Hotel suggestions

Near the railway station and Campus Sterre of Ghent University:
Hotel Astoria, Achilles Musschestraat 39, 9000 Gent
Hotel Orion, Krijgslaan 181, 9000 Gent


Prof. Christophe Detavernier
Phone: +32 9 264 43 54

Dr. Jolien Dendooven
Phone: +32 9 264 43 48

Dr. Mikko Nisula
Phone: +32 9 264 43 42