The key objectives of the SCRiPTS group, Sol-gel Centre for Research on Inorganic Powders and Thin films Synthesis, within the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science of Ghent University can be described by 'controlled synthesis and surface chemistry of metal oxide nanoparticles and mesoporous materials' and 'chemical-solution-based coating development'. (Isabel.VanDriessche [at] UGent.be (Prof. I Van Driessche) - Klaartje.DeBuysser [at] UGent.be (Prof. K De Buysser)). 

Three research themes can be distinguished:

  • Controlled synthesis and characterization of metal oxide nanocrystals
  • Filling the gap between nanocrystals synthesis and their application by studying its surface chemistry
  • Chemical solution deposition of functional coatings via ink jet printing

With these research themes and equipment facilities, the SCRiPTS group has the intention to provide a broad view to students and researchers in the development of ceramic nanocrystals, mesoporous materials and coatings towards its application. Here, we envisage applications in superconductivity, batteries, catalysis, sensors, etc. with the cooperation of specific companies.