Poster Prize and Travel award winners

Poster Prize and Travel award winners

Frans C De Schryver/ACS Travel Awards

Prof Frans C. De Schryver was born on September 21, 1939 in St-Niklaas.

He received a Master degree in 1961 (lab Prof. J. C. Jungers) and a Ph.D. in 1964 from KU Leuven (lab of the famous polymer chemist Prof. G. Smets) After a Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona he returned to the KU Leuven.

In 1969 he became assistant professor and built up a research group which evolved into the Laboratory for Photochemistry and Spectroscopy.

In 1975 he became full professor at the KU Leuven. His research received international recognition resulting in a long list of awards and honors. He is still active as a member of several evaluation committees of national and international granting institutions and serves on the editorial boards of various journals, most prominently as a chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of ChemPhysChem. He is now Professor Emeritus at the Chemistry Department of KU Leuven.

Following researchers received a travel award to participate at MAF2017:

Gabriela Bosio - Chloe Chung - Eleonora Consiglieri - Gillian Craig - Suzanne Fery-Forgues - Yasser Gidi - Viktorija Glembockyte - Soranyel Gonzalez - Akbart Khodaei - Yevhenii Kyriukha - Richard Lincoln - Chiara Montali - Robert Pal - Taoufik Rohand - Olga Ryazanova - Stefan Schramm - Hamid Soleimaninejad - Hazel Stewart - Anatoliy Tatarets - Donna Whelan

We are also happy to announce the winners of the MAF 2017 poster prizes:

Abstract no.




Yasser Gidi

ACS Nano en ACS Publications


Masoumeh Keshavarz

ACS Energy Letters en ACS Publications


Veerle Lemmens

ACS Omega en ACS Publications


Nina Melnychuk



Viola Mönkemöller



Dina Petrova



Elke Debroye

npg Asia Materials


Hubert Piwonski

npg Asia Materials


Kristin Grussmayer

MAF 2017


Nader Danaf

MAF 2017

Cobolt Laser2000 sponsor MAF

Cobolt Laser2000 sponsor MAF

About Laser 2000

Laser 2000 is a world leader in the distribution of photonics products. We provide our customers with products that generate light, modify it, move it, and measure it. We lead the way in innovation by supplying state-of-the-art solutions, utilising the latest photonics and optoelectronic technologies. We work in partnership with our customers to provide customised solutions for even the most demanding applications and pride ourselves on our unfailing expertise, product quality and reliability.

We know that selecting the right product for your application is critical. This is why our highly qualified staff work with you to find the optimum combination of performance, features and cost. We provide assistance in helping you to find the product that matches your needs, including determining what those needs are for your application.

All Laser 2000 products meet rigorous standards of quality and specification, at competitive prices.

We regularly attend trade exhibitions, meetings and events to look out for and review the latest technologies. The suppliers we use are selected following careful consideration of the value they represent to our customers. In addition, our team has continuous product and application related training with the product developers to provide you with the best possible support.

By continuing to give you support and advice, with knowledgeable staff working in your time zone, we help you to prevent and reduce downtime. Even after many years of service.

Read more here

About Cobolt

Cobolt develops, manufactures and supplies diode-pumped solid-state lasers (DPSSLs) and Diode Laser Modules in the visible, invisible and near infrared spectral ranges.

The company provides a broad range of market-adapted laser products built on a wavelength flexible, power-scalable and robust technology platform. The lasers are particularly suitable for OEM integration, but do also comply with applicable standards and directives for use as stand-alone devices in laboratory environment.

Cobolt is committed to supplying innovative laser products that meet or exceed the market’s expectations concerning quality, reliability and performance. The lasers are designed and manufactured to ensure a high level of reliability, and operation of the company using qualified and established processes assures the quality of the company’s products.

We maintain world-leading design expertise and proprietary technology in lasers as well as in nonlinear materials. This combination of know-how and IPR allows us to provide outstanding laser modules enabling entirely new customer applications. Cobolt is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

We believe in the importance of quality and our company is certified according to ISO 9000 standards, which represent an international consensus on good quality management practices.

Read more here.

Agfa Gevaert Sponsors MAF!

Agfa Gevaert Sponsors MAF!

From product manufacturer to all-round solutions provider

The Agfa-Gevaert Group develops, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of analog and digital  imaging systems and IT solutions, mainly for the printing industry and the healthcare sector, as well as for specific industrial applications. Although the company generates its entire turnover in business-to-business markets, it also contributes to your everyday life. Whenever you read a newspaper or visit a hospital, the Agfa-Gevaert Group is probably closely involved.

Agfa Mission

The Agfa-Gevaert Group strives to be the partner of choice for imaging and information systems in all the markets in which it operates. The company does this by offering leading edge technology, affordable solutions and innovative ways of working, based on its in-depth understanding of the businesses and the individual needs of its customers. To succeed, investing in innovation and delivering top quality solutions are key.

Operating in a responsible, sustainable and transparent way is as important. We are convinced that this is the right approach for the long-term success of our company.

Read more here.

NKT Sponsors MAF!

NKT Sponsors MAF!

NKT Photonics is the leading supplier of high performance fiber lasers, fiber optic sensing systems, and photonic crystal fibers. Our main markets are within imaging, sensing and material processing. Our products include ultrafast lasers, supercontinuum white light lasers, low noise fiber lasers, distributed temperature sensing systems and a wide range of specialty fibers. NKT Photonics has its headquarters in Denmark with sales and service worldwide. NKT Photonics is wholly owned by NKT Holding A/S.

Read more about NKT Photonics on their website

ChemPubSoc Europe sponsors the lecture of  Prof. Luisa De Cola

ChemPubSoc Europe sponsors the lecture of Prof. Luisa De Cola


ChemPubSoc Europe is an organization of 16 continental European chemical societies. It was founded in the late 1990s. The amalgamation of 15 chemical journals owned by national chemical societies resulted in the formation of 13 high-quality European journals. ChemPubSoc Europe also owns the ChemViews Magazine.

The participating societies share a commitment to scientific excellence, to publishing ethics, and to the highest standards in publication, which are the basis for the success of the ChemPubSoc Europe journals.

De Cola is Professor Exceptionnelle at the University of Strasbourg (ISIS) as chair of Supramolecular and Bio-Material Chemistry, and part time scientist at the INT-KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Her group, the lab for chemistry and supramolecular biomaterials  actively researches a wide variety of topics such as:

  • Electroluminescent materials
  • Supramolecular Self Assembly
  • In vitro & in vivo imaging
  • Porous materials




VIB and Solvay Institutes sponsor MAF speakers

VIB and Solvay Institutes sponsor MAF speakers

Dear visitor,

Solvay Institutes Brussels is sponsoring the lecture of Prof. William E. Moerner of Stanford University. Prof. Moerner pioneered the field of single molecule spectroscopy and was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Prof. Stefan Hell and Prof. Eric Betzig.

We are happy to announce that VIB is sponsoring the lecture of Prof. Enrico Gratton of the UC Irvine Laboratory of Fluorescence Dynamics.  Prof. Gratton is one of the leading experts in fluorescence lifetime imaging.

RBSM Symposium

RBSM Symposium

From Pictures to Numbers: Workshop on Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy

Download the flyer!



Fluorescence microscopy has become an indispensable tool to interrogate biological systems at the cellular and molecular level. While historically mostly used in a qualitative manner, rapid advances in labelling methods, microscope automation and camera and computer technology have made it easier to extract meaningful quantitative data from microscopy images. This transition of microscopy into a more quantitative technique brings significant scientific benefits in the form of new applications and improved performance and reproducibility. However, the multidisciplinary character also steepens the learning curve for the non-expert. The aim of this course is to lower the threshold for young and experienced researchers by providing an overview of different flavours of quantitative fluorescence microscopy techniques including live cell imaging, imaging of molecular dynamics and high-content microscopy. To this end, theoretical lectures will be complemented by hands-on sessions so as to provide in-depth practical knowledge.


Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the basics of current light microscopy techniques
  • Know to select the appropriate microscopy tool for a given biological question
  • Know how to acquire images in a quantitative manner
  • Be able to perform basic image processing and annotation operations

Read more here!

FWO Diamond Sponsor

FWO Diamond Sponsor

The FWO supports fundamental and strategic research

Science opens new horizons

Science pushes the boundaries of our knowledge. The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) is the agency that supports ground-breaking fundamental and strategic research at the universities of the Flemish Community. The FWO also stimulates cooperation between the Flemish universities and other research institutes.

Science creates opportunities

Fundamental scientific research is focussed on expanding knowledge about human beings and their environment. As the level of knowledge of our society grows, so does the quality of life in general and the quality of training in particular. Young people are thus provided with every opportunity to deploy their talents in a broad array of disciplines.

Research financed by FWO, specially Strategic Basic Research, also contains an important step in the valorisation of scientific breakthroughs.

Science is essential for our well-being

In the long term, such a high level of knowledge in combination with the resulting human capital pave the way for targeted and applied research, which has also a policy-supporting role. Decisions in economic or social domains can then also be influenced by the work of excellent research groups. This is not surprising, as ground-breaking research may lie at the heart of solutions to the key challenges facing our society today (environment, mobility, health, etc.). Science is the driver of innovation.

Fundamental research seldom leads to short-term economic or social valorisation. It is, however, essential for ensuring our welfare and well-being in the long term. That is why the FWO is dependent on government funding. A balanced distribution of resources between targeted and non-targeted research is required.

With the financing of strategic research in the broadest sense, the FWO takes an important step to valorisation.

The FWO and Europe

Non-governmental 'research councils' are a tradition in Europe. The FWO, too, is a member of the European Research Council (ERC) and involved in various European research initiatives.

FWO support the Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC)

The Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC) is a virtual centre making supercomputer infrastructure available for both the academic and industrial world. This centre is managed by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) in partnership with the five Flemish university associations


More information can be found on the FWO website

Horiba Diamond Sponsor!

Horiba Diamond Sponsor!

The HORIBA Group of worldwide companies provides an extensive array of instruments and systems for applications ranging from automotive R&D, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology, to a broad range of scientific R&D and QC measurements. Proven quality and trustworthy performance have established widespread confidence in the HORIBA Brand.

Inspired by our unique motto, “JOY and FUN,” we focus on social responsibilities by building state-of-the-art products for scientific advancement; especially for protecting health, safety, and the environment. “HORIBARIANs,” the HORIBA employees all over the world, are looking forward to working with you and providing the best analytical solution for your needs.

Read more on the Horiba website!

Mad City Labs Silver Sponsor

Mad City Labs Silver Sponsor

Mad City Labs, Inc offers a wide variety of nanopositioners, micropositioners, and instrument solutions. Please select from the categories below to browse our product lines. Custom/OEM options are available for the majority of our products. Contact our sales team about modifying existing products or developing customized solutions.

Nanopositioning Systems
Mad City Labs' piezo nanopositioning systems move and maintain the position of objects with sub-nanometer precision and high stability. Applications for nanopositioners include super resolution microscopy, high speed confocal imaging, AFM, NSOM, SPM, optical trapping, fiber positioning, single molecule spectroscopy, single molecule/particle tracking, high resolution optical alignment, nanoscopy and lithography.

Micropositioning Systems
Mad City Labs micropositioning stages are designed to complement our high precision piezo nanopositioning systems. Our micropositioning stages provide extended range of motion and are designed to provide a stable platform for our nanopositioners. Our product line includes high precision manual stages and fully automated, programmable stages for use with optical microscopes or stand-alone instruments.

General Microscopy
Nano-scale precision motion and stability are cornerstones of research grade microscopes for high resolution imaging. Mad City Labs provides nanopositioning systems, micropositoining systems, and stabilization systems that assist users with developing and adapting instrumentation for their own application requirements. Contact our sales and engineering team to discuss the right products for your application.

Single Molecule Microscopy
Nano-scale precision motion and stability are cornerstones of research grade microscopes for single molecule imaging. Mad City Labs has developed modular microscopes that ease integration of optical components and assist users with developing and adapting instrumentation for their own application requirements. Contact our single molecule microscopy application development team to discuss the right products for your application.

Atomic Force Microscopy and Near-field Scanning Optical Microscopy
High resolution AFM and NSOM require positioning systems with high resolution, repeatability, and stability. Mad City Labs has developed positioning systems that ease integration and assist users with developing and adapting instrumentation for their own application requirements. Our experienced sales and engineering team can assist you further with the right solution for your application.

Nanometer Measurement
The Nano-Gauge™ is an ultra high precision, single axis, displacement measuring instrument capable of resolving dimensions down to 1.5 nanometers (0.06 microinches) over a full scale range of 25mm (1 inch). Combining ease-of-use and small physical size, the Nano-Gauge™ can be quickly adapted to a wide variety of precision measurement situations without lengthy or complex setup procedures.

Vacuum Compatible Instruments
Nearly all standard systems can be modified for vacuum applications to 10-8 Torr if baking is not necessary. Many UHV applications require custom designed solutions. With experienced UHV instrumentation specialists on staff, we can provide custom nanopositioning and micropositioning solutions for your vacuum application.

Multilayer piezoactuators offer precise motion, low energy consumption, fast response times and high force, can be used in a variety of applications and environments, e.g. AFM, fiber positioning, valves, medical nanotechnology, and metrology. Piezoactuators offer considerable advantages although applications that require guided or repeatable motion are best served by our high precision, closed loop nanopositioning systems. We offer a standard range of 150V piezoactuators. In addition we can supply custom designed piezoactuators. Our piezoactuators can be controlled using our PA25 Amplifier or PA3 Amplifier for optimum performance.
To Top