Hands-on 1 - Hybrid coatings by Molecular Layer Deposition

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 basis and applications of hybrid materials.


  1. IMEC building
  2. KUL Chem&Tech building
  3. KUL De Moete restaurant for BBQ


The workshop is organized as a part of the European Training Network for Functional Hybrid Coatings by Molecular Layer Deposition (HYCOAT) and serves as the kick-off event for the PhD students of the program.


Monday August 27th

08:30 – 09:00      Registration & Coffee
09:00 – 10:30      Welcome & Introduction to ALD - Christophe Detavernier, Ghent University
10:30 – 11:00      Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30      Hybrid materials by MLD - Ola Nilsen, University of Oslo
12:30 – 13:30      Sandwich lunch
13:30 – 15:00      Chemistry of ALD/MLD precursors - Mikko Ritala, University of Helsinki
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 - Adrie Mackus, Eindhoven University of Technology
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      Metal Organic Frameworks: Tunable Hybrid Materials for Sustainability - Karen Leus, Ghent University
10:30 – 11:00      Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30      ALD onto polymer-based materials - Jess Jur, North Carolina State University
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)


By plane 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 or Bruxelles-Midi) (about 1 h). See the link below for a detailed timetable:


Accommodation suggestions

Near the railway station and Campus Sterre of Ghent University:

Hotel Astoria, Achilles Musschestraat 39, 9000 Gent
Hotel Orion, Krijgslaan 181, 9000 Gent

Local contact

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