News & Press

June 2022

HYCOAT has been present as part of the ALD/ALE 2022 event held in Gent, Belgium between 26-29 June. Several ESRs showed their work through presentations and posters. Juan (ESR 04) and Hardik (ESR 07) were awarded finalists for Best ALD Presentation Award, and Arbresha (ESR 05) obtained with the Best Poster Award. In the lobby of the event, a separate poster session was held by HYCOAT, where attemdees learnt general information about the network and its outcome.

Juan (ESR 04) has gone back to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) for another synchrotron campaign, related to his radical-enhanced depositions.


April 2022

Hardik (ESR 07) has published his paper "Spatial atmospheric pressure molecular layer deposition of alucone films using dimethylaluminum isopropoxide as the precursor" in the journal Dalton Transactions.


March 2022

Parmish (ESR 02) has published her paper "Atomic/molecular layer deposition of cerium(iii) hybrid thin films using rigid organic precursors" in the journal Dalton Transactions.

February 2022

Juan (ESR 04) and Nithin (ESR 06) have gone for a synchrotron campaign to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble.


January 2022

Nithin (ESR 06) has published his manuscript "Selective Vapor-Phase Doping of Pt Nanoparticles into Phase-Controlled Nanoalloys" in Journal of Physical Chemistry C



December 2021

The article "Ferromagnetic Europium Sulfide Thin Films: Influence of Precursors on Magneto-Optical Properties.", in co-authorship with Arbresha (ESR 05) has been published in the journal Chemistry of Materials.


November 2021

Arbresha (ESR 05) has published her manuscript "Role of terminal groups in aromatic molecules on the growth of Al2O3-based hybrid materials" in the journal Dalton Transactions


June 2021

After its cancellation due to the global pandemic, our event devoted to nanoelectronics for MLD has been joined with the one about biomaterials and encapsulation. This event has also taken place online.


May 2021

The article "A study on the influence of ligand variation on formamidinate complexes of yttrium: New precursors for atomic layer deposition of yttrium oxide", in co-authorship with Arbresha (ESR 05) has been published in the journal Dalton Transactions.


March 2021

Hardik (ESR 07) has published his manuscript "About the importance of purge time in molecular layer deposition of alucone films" to Dalton Transactions.


Ramin (ESR 13) has published his article "Organic-component dependent thermal conductivity reduction in ALD/MLD grown ZnO:organic superlattice thin films" in the journal Applied Physics Letters


Xinzhi (ESR 12) has published his manuscript "Atomic Layer Deposition of Insulating AlF3/Polyimide Nanolaminate Films" in the journal Coatings


January 2021

The training workshop on Applications of MLD in batteries and Up-scaling of MLD, originally envisioned to take place at TNO and UHasselt, has alternatively taken place online. It has also been the first time we have met our new ESR 14, Sameer Rodrigues, who has already received a warm welcome within the network.


Parmish (ESR 02) in collaboration with Arbresha (ESR 05) and Ramin (ESR 13), has published her article "Rational Development of Guanidinate and Amidinate Based Cerium and Ytterbium Complexes as Atomic Layer Deposition Precursors: Synthesis, Modeling, and Application" in Chemistry A European Journal

December 2020

Juan (ESR 04) has published his manuscript "Converting molecular layer deposited alucone films into Al2O3/alucone hybrid multilayers by plasma densification" in RSC Dalton Transactions. Additionally, a design has also been accepted as cover feature for the journal.


October 2020

The article "Mitigation of photon background in nanoplasmonic all-on-chip Raman sensors", in co-authorship with Juan (ESR 04) has been published in the journal Optics Express

August 2020

The article "A carbene stabilized precursor for the spatial atomic layer deposition of copper thin films", in co-authorship with Arbresha (ESR 05) has been published in the journal Chemical Communications.

June 2020

Arbresha (ESR 05) has published her manuscript "First principles study of reactions in alucone growth: the role of the organic precursor" to the journal Dalton Transactions.


Ramin (ESR 13) has published his manuscript "Organic-Component Dependent Crystal Orientation and Electrical Transport Properties in ALD/MLD Grown ZnO−Organic Superlattices" in Journal of Physical Chemistry C


Karina (ESR 09) and Oksana (ESR 08) have published their article "Vapor phase processing: a novel approach for fabricating functional hybrid materials" in the journal Nanotechnology


May 2020

The article "Molecular Layer Deposition of “Magnesicone”, a Magnesium-based Hybrid Material", in co-authorship with Arbresha (ESR 05) has been published in the journal Chemistry of Materials

April 2020

Due to the severe global COVID-19 crisis, our event "Hybrid coatings for nanoelectronics", planned to take place in Helsinki (Finland), sadly needed to be cancelled. All ongoing secondments have been also halted and future actions have been put on hold and will be decided once the future becomes more clear. Thankfully, all the people in our network and their loved ones are safe and sound, and we are proactively using the time to advance all the work that can be carried out from home.


March 2020

Next up in our secondment plan, Nithin (ESR 06) has moved right outside of Paris to continue his work in Synchrotron-based characterization for ALD/MLD with our colleagues at the Soleil synchrotron facility.

Nithin soleil

January 2020

Kick-off to our secondment plan! The first ESR to start her stay abroad has been Parmish (ESR 02), who has travelled to Aalto University to further expand her work in ALD/MLD process development and film characterization during her stay.

Parmish secondment


December 2019

Parmish (ESR 02) has prepared and explained a poster at at Young Material Researchers Day at Ruhr University Bochum, where she laid out the highlights of her project, enphasising in the importance of ALD/MLD hybrid films and their potential in industry.

Parmish poster

September 2019

The fourth event destined to our ESRs has been carried out in CICnanoGune, located in the wonderful city of San Sebastián, Spain. As well as enjoying the local cuisine, our ESRs have attended to lectures focused around biomaterials and functionalised surfaces, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and exploitation of research results. Also, free time could also be properly enjoyed at La Concha Beach, where they gave a wonderful example of how not to properly play voleyball.


July 2019 - Our first newsletter is available!

Our first annual newsletter has been made public and shared among our stakeholders. A digital version of the newsletter can be accessed via this link.


June 2019

We have attended the EuroCVD - Baltic ALD 2019 conference, an event that hosted more than 250 researchers from all around the world in Luxembourg. In this event, we had the chance to listen and learn from the many presentations that took place during the week, as well as spreading the HYCOAT concept among the participants by doing a huge amount of networking.

In addition, we have also taken part in  2019, the Iberian Conference on vacuum and tribology. No networking is enough networking!

April 2019

Our third HYCOAT event has taken place at Tyndall National Insitute in Cork, Ireland, where the ESRs have learnt how to succesfully design and utilise precursors with the most potential possible with the help of Dr. Michael Nolan, as well as an insight in how to accurately model ALD and MLD processes with available simulation software materials, thanks to Dr. Simon Elliott


March 2019

We have been present at the ChemBio 2019 event, where we have had the pleasure to meet no less than 3 Nobel Prize winners: Ada E. Yonath, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and K. Barry Sharpless. Listening to their experiences, contributions to the scientific community and the impact of them was a deeply unforgettable experience.

February 2019

The first version of the MLD Wikipedia has been submitted and published with congratulations from Wikipedia moderators. Now is time for the whole community to add their inputs and make it even more complete.


January 2019

Our second event was held on January 14-18, hosted by KU Leuven and Ghent University. This time, we learnt the usefulness of in-situ characterization techniques in MLD, as well as tips and tricks to achieve properly effective science communication.


November 2018

Some ESRs went to their first synchrotron experience at the ESRF facility, where they had their first approach to the technique and how to move and align a whole ALD/MLD reactor.


August 2018

The first HYCOAT Workshop "Hybrid nanocoatings through molecular layer deposition" was held from August 27th to August 29th, 2018 at Ghent University, Belgium. This meeting was also the kick-off event for the 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) that were recently hired within HYCOAT.

The presentations are available for viewing at the the HYCOAT Youtube Channel.

Picture @ HYCOAT Kick-Off Meeting

March 2018

The HYCOAT kick-off meeting was held on March 12th, 2018 at Gent University, Belgium.

Picture @ HYCOAT Kick-Off Meeting

February 2018

A press release announcing the start of the network has been published on AlphaGalileo.