• Philippe Smet explains light storage for University of Flanders
    Monday, January 29, 2018

    Can we use sunlight at night? Is it possible to capture and conserve light so solar energy can be a 24/7 solution for sustainable energy? Prof. dr. Philippe Smet explains the (future) possibilities of optical storage in his lecture for the online college platform University of Flanders, which can be found here. (Note that it is available in Dutch only.)

  • LumiLab at Light Festival
    Monday, January 29, 2018

    The 4th edition of the Ghent Light Festival illuminates the heart of the city from 31st January until 4rd February 2018. For this occasion, LumiLab has provided various installations. Come visit us this weekend at the UFO for Light in Action! Enjoy a walk-in camera obscura, take a #selfIR with our infra-red camera and win the color-mixing competition by gaining insight on popular light sources!

  • PhD obtained by Heleen Sijbom
    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Today Heleen Sijbom obtained her PhD on red-emitting Mn4+-doped phosphors for efficient lighting. At the public defence she showed the audience how efficient her K2SiF6:Mn4+ phosphors really are! Well done, Heleen!

  • Poster prize for Ang Feng
    Monday, December 18, 2017

    LumiLab is on a roll: Ang won a prize at ML-3 with his poster titled "Phase Transitions Modulating Trap Depth and Mechanoluminescence in Ca1-xSrxAl2Si2O8: 1%Eu2+, 1%Pr3+ Phosphors". Keep up the good work!

  • Poster prize for Jiaren Du
    Friday, November 17, 2017

    Our colleague Jiaren has been awarded the Journal of Materials Chemistry B poster prize at SHIFT2017 in Tenerife. His work on LaAlO3:Mn4+ as near-infrared emitting persistent phosphor for medical imaging will be published soon. Congratulations!

  • Poster prize for Reinert Verstraete
    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    Reinerts work on the "Structural Analysis of Degradation in the Red K2SiF6:Mn4+ Phosphor" has been awarded in the competition for the best poster at PS-P IWASOM.

  • PhD obtained by Jonas Joos
    Friday, May 5, 2017

    Today our colleague Jonas Joos obtained his PhD. His excellent work on LED phosphor design has led to no less than 12 A1 publications over the last 4 years. We hope he will continue this trend during his time with LumiLab as a postdoc! Congratulations, Jonas!

  • Warmathon 2016
    Friday, December 23, 2016

    This year LumiLab again gladly participated in the charity event of Studio Brussel, supporting over 1000 good causes. Even though the wind was cold and Christmas holidays were lurking, together we ran 89,1 km. This would not have been possible without the loud support of Heleen. Thanks to all participating (ex-)colleagues!

  • Reinert Verstraete wins Poster Prize at BCS9
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    Today our PhD student Reinert Verstraete won the poster prize at the Belgian Crystallographic Symposium with his clear illustrations on degradation of K2SiF6:Mn in pc-LEDs. Congratulations!

  • BIAMS Student Award for Lisa Martin
    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    The BIAMS Student Award was attributed to Lisa Martin for her oral contribution entitled "Temperature dependent Cathodoluminescence: Quantifying Thermal Quenching at the Microscopic Level". The conference was held from 5-9 June 2016, in Versailles, France. Congratulations!

  • Television interview with former LumiLab member Luyanda Noto
    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Luyanda Noto, who visited us last year, explained the importance of his research in luminescence on South African national television. The interview can be found at

  • PhD obtained by Sofie Abé
    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    Today our colleague Sofie Abé successfully defended her PhD with a very clear presentation about colloidal quantum dots. The jury spoke highly of the work she has perfomed at both PCN (at the chemistry department) and LumiLab. Congratulations!

  • PhD obtained by Katrien Meert
    Friday, January 15, 2016

    Today Katrien Meert gave a very good presentation to defend her PhD thesis "Structure-luminescence relations in lanthanide-doped scheelites". Congratulations to the new Doctor!

  • Running for charity
    Thursday, December 24, 2015

    A delegation of LumiLab members joined the Warmathon on December 22nd. Together they ran 140,4 km in an attempt to make Ghent the warmest city of Flanders. During this event 67240 euro was raised for charity. Congratulations to all runners for their amazing performance!

  • PhD obtained by Jonas Botterman
    Friday, January 16, 2015

    Today, Lumilab member Jonas Botterman successfully defended his PhD thesis 'Trapping and detrapping in persistent phosphors'. Congratulations!

  • Katrien Meert wins poster prize at BCS8
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    Katrien Meert has won a poster prize at the 8th Belgian Crystallographic symposium with her poster on scheelite structures. Congratulations!

  • Jonas Joos wins award at Krutýn Summer School
    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Jonas Joos has won an award for his excellent short talk at the XVIth International Krutýn Summer School. Congratulations!

  • LumiLab in "International Innovation"
    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    The latest issue of International Innovation contains an interview with our two professors, Dirk Poelman and Philippe Smet. They talk about the excitement of discovering new phosphors and the challenges of LED lighting and persistent luminescence.

    You can read the full article here.

  • Jonas Joos wins poster prize on BPS Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Jonas Joos has won a poster prize at the General Scientific Meeting of the Belgian Physical Society (BPS) with his poster 'Designing phosphors for brighter LEDs'. Congratulations!

  • Philippe Smet wins Belgian FameLab competition.
    Monday, April 7, 2014

    Last monday, our colleague Philippe Smet has won the national selection for the FameLab competition with his talk about glow-in-the-dark Maria statues and mice! In May, he will defend LumiLab's honour on the Benelux finals in Amsterdam! You can watch the Amsterdam talk here .

  • Social event
    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    On March 22, 2014, 6 lumilab members took part in a relay marathon in Ghent ( as a social event. We reached the finish in 3h42m01s, which is much better than we hoped for. And even more important, it was fun!

  • Jonas Joos, winner of the Agoria prize 2012
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    In this short movie, Jonas Joos from LumiLab explains what it means to win the Agoria prize and join the Masterclass at Vlerick Business School.

  • PhD obtained by Koen Van den Eeckhout
    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    Today, Lumilab member Koen Van den Eeckhout successfully defended his PhD thesis 'Persistent luminescence: Kinetics and compounds'. Congratulations!

  • PhD obtained by Katleen Korthout
    Friday, May 24, 2013

    Today, Lumilab member Katleen Korthout successfully defended her PhD thesis 'Site selective spectroscopy of rare earth doped luminescent materials'. Congratulations!

  • Social event
    Friday, March 29, 2013

    On March 16, 2013, 6 lumilab members took part in a relay marathon in Ghent ( as a social event. We reached the finish in 3h47m05s, which is much better than we hoped for. And even more important, it was fun!

  • Special issue "Luminescent Materials 2013" of the open access journal "Materials"
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    A Special Issue "Luminescent Materials 2013" will be published in Materials, (ISSN 1996-1944, link) with Prof. Dr. H.T. Hintzen as Guest Editor. Submission deadline is 30 Apr 2013. The impact factor is currently 1.68. This journal is fully open access, giving easy access and good visibility to your work!

  • PhD obtained by Nursen Avci
    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Today, Lumilab member Nursen Avci successfully defended her PhD thesis 'Sol-gel processes for protection and synthesis of luminescent materials'. Congratulations!

  • Feature issue of "Optical Materials Express" on persistent phosphors
    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Following the Phosphoros 2011 conference on persistent phosphors, participants to the conference were invited to submit a paper to the journal "Optical Materials Express". Papers are now being published in a feature issue on Persistent Phosphors, which can be found here.

  • Special issue "Luminescent Materials 2011" of the open access journal "Materials"
    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Our research group is actively involved (both as guest editor and contributor) in the special issue on luminescent materials of the open access journal Materials . The issue is now closed. Published papers are freely available online, and can be found here.
    Update (Jan 2012): "Materials" is now indexed in the Web of Science.

  • Accounts
    Friday, October 1, 2010

    Starting today, LumiLab members can request an account by clicking the 'Log in'-button and selecting 'Create new account'. Please note that administrator approval is required, and registration is only possible for LumiLab members, not for visitors.

  • Major update
    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    Today, an improved version of the LumiLab website was released. Visitors can browse through our publications, facilities, thesis subjects and personnel. Registered LumiLab members can add and edit information, and have access to additional features. Additionaly, the design of the site has been upgraded. If you have any remarks about the website, do not hesitate to contact me at