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Research became part of my life several years ago when Prof. De Schryver gave me the opportunity to work in his group (at the chemistry department of the KULeuven) while I was a student. After my master studies in chemistry, I was enthusiastic and eager to initiate `my own’ research projects under supervision of Prof. De Feyter and Prof. De Schryver. This started a period of challenges, including failure and success, that enabled me to develop both my personal and professional skills and which resulted in several publications and presentations.

  • Publication: 2D oligo(phenylene-ethynylene-butadiynylene)s: all-covalent nanoscale spoked wheels, S. Lei, A. Ver Heyen, S. De Feyter, M. Surin, R. Lazzaroni, S. Rosenfeldt, M. Ballauff, D. Mössinger, and S. Höger, Chemistry – A European Journal 2009, 15, 2518 – 2535 (VIP paper – Front Cover)
  • Publication: Two-leg molecular ladders formed by hierarchical self-assembly of an organic radical, N. Crivillers, S. Furukawa, A. Minoia, A. Ver Heyen, C. Sporer, M. Mas-Torrent, M. Linares, A. Volodin, C. Van Haesendonck, M. Van der Auweraer, R. Lazzaroni, S. De Feyter, J. Veciana, C. Rovira, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 17, 6246-6252
  • Publication: Ultra-slow aggregation kinetics of macrocycles detected by magnetic birefringence, J. C. Gielen, A. Ver Heyen, S. Klyatskaya, W. Vanderlinden, S. Höger, J. C. Maan, S. De Feyter, P. C. M. Christianen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 14134-14135
  • Publication: Guiding the self-assembly of a second generation polyphenylene dendrimer into well-defined patterns, A. Ver Heyen, C. C. Buron, Q. Tianshi, R. Bauer, A. M. Jonas, K. Müllen, F. De Schryver, S. De Feyter, Small 2008, 4 (8), 1160-1167
  • Oral presentation: Unravelling and guiding the molecular self-assembly on surfaces, KULeuven, February 27, 2008, Leuven, Belgium
  • Publication: Polyphenylene dendrimers with pentafluorophenyl units: synthesis and self-assembly, R. Bauer, D. Liu, A. Ver Heyen, F. De Schryver, S. De Feyter, K. Müllen, Macromolecules 2007, 40 (14), 4753-4761
  • Publication: Synthesis and adsorption of shape-persistent macrocycles containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the rigid framework, X. H. Cheng, A. Ver Heyen, W. Mamdouh, H. Uji-i, F.  De Schryver, S. Höger, S. De Feyter, Langmuir 2007, 23 (3), 1281-1286
  • Publication: Solid-state assemblies and optical properties of conjugated oligomers combining fluorene and thiophene units, M. Surin, P. Sonar, A.C. Grimsdale, K. Müllen, S. De Feyter, S. Habuchi, S. Sarzi, E. Braeken, A. Ver Heyen, M. Van der Auweraer, F.C. De Schryver, M. Cavallini, J.-F. Moulin, F. Biscarini, C. Femoni, R. Lazzaroni, P. Leclère, Journal of materials chemistry 2007, 17 (8), 728-735
  • Poster presentation: Guided fibre formation of a polyphenylene dendrimer, Leuven Nano-Conference – LNC’07, June 5-6, 2007, Leuven, Belgium
  • Oral presentation: Unravelling and guiding the fibre formation of a polyphenylene dendrimer, KULeuven, May 25, 2007, Leuven, Belgium
  • Poster presentation: Self-assembly of dendrimers and macrocycles on the nanometre scale, International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology: NANO9 meets STM06 (ICN+T 2006), July 30 – August 4, 2006, Basel, Switzerland
  • Oral presentation: Study of nano fibres with atomic force microscopy, spring school Chiral Expression and Transfer at the Nanoscale in combination with the Netherlands Supramolecular Community Meeting, April 5-7, 2006, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Publication: Covalent template approach toward functionalized oligo-alkyl-substituted shape-persistent macrocycles: Synthesis and properties of rings with a loop, A. Ziegler, W. Mamdouh, A. Ver Heyen, M. Surin, H. Uji, M.M.S. Abdel-Mottaleb, F.C. De Schryver, S. De Feyter, R. Lazzaroni, S. Höger, Chemistry of materials 2005, 17 (23), 5670-5683
  • Poster presentation: Self-assembly of dendrimers and macrocycles into fibrillar structures, IAP-meeting, March 11-12, 2005, Leuven, Belgium
  • Oral presentation: Study of molecular self-assembly on the nanometre scale with atomic force microscopy, KULeuven, January 21, 2005, Leuven, Belgium
  • Poster presentation: Manipulation of matter on the nanometre scale, with atomic force microscopy, Nanotech day, April 23, 2004, Leuven, Belgium
  • Poster presentation: Manipulatie van materie op nanometerschaal met atomaire krachtmicroscopie, VJC7, April 16, 2004, Gent, Belgium