Molecules, Solids and Reactivity (MOST)

The division of MOlecules, Solids and ReactiviTy (MOST) of the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (IMCN) at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) hosts about 130 researchers and technicians active in the field of the design and synthesis of molecules and supramolecular architectures, and the study of their properties.

The research activities of MOST cover various and complementary scientific topics: inorganic and organic synthesis, theoretical modelisation, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, biotransformations, hybrid materials, surface chemistry, crystallisation, ...
The applications include the development of biologically active molecules and diagnostic agents, stimuli-responsive materials for (bio) sensors, selective and environmentally-friendly processes,...

Research is supported by a strong expertise in molecular chemistry, structural analysis (IR, UV-VIS, RMN, MS, ...) and solid state characterization

The current elected-chair of MOST is Prof Olivier RIANT


Chemists design and create new molecules for dedicated applications  Chemists analyze the spacial arrangement of atoms in complex molecules  V2O5/TiO2 heterogeneous catalyst prepared by non-hydrolytic sol-gel for dioxins air abatement

Contact: J. Boniver, C. Delaet, F. Somers, secretaries



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On Friday 16 December 2016 - 03:00 pm, Béatrice VANHORENBEKE
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Dr Camila Fernandez has received the € 10,000 Umicore Materials Technology Award for her PhD work in the field of exploring dynamic catalytic processes for synthesizing ammonia on ruthenium-supported nanoparticles at low temperatures.  Dr Fernandez’s entry was one of 15 submitted from all over Europe. Camila Fernandez made her PhD studies under the supervision of Professors Eric Gaigneaux and Patricio Ruiz.


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