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Yaroslav Filinchuk - contact info
Professor of structural chemistry
Molecules, Solids and Reactivity (MOST)
Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (IMCN)
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
E-mail address: Yaroslav.Filinchuk at
Postal address: Place L. Pasteur 1, bte L4.01.03
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Tel: +32 10 47 28 13
Fax: +32 10 47 27 07
Location: How to reach us, Lavoisier building, office B162

Research directions
. Metal and chemical hydrides as hydrogen (energy) storage materials
  • light hydrides: borohydrides, amides etc.
  • synthesis: by mechanochemical methods, under high pressure in diamond anvil cells, by wet chemistry
  • crystallography: single-crystal and powder diffraction; synchrotron X-rays and neutrons
  • in-situ powder diffraction to study properties and transformations: under gas or hydrostatic pressure, reactivity and phase transitions at high/low temperatures, thermal decomposition, reversibility of hydrogen release
  • trapping and characterization of intermediate phases
. Porous materials: inorganic polymers, MOFs, gas absorption
. Development of sample environment for in-situ diffraction studies

Publications, presentations, CV

Articles published        Google Scholar profile

Book chapters & proceedings

Selected talks        All presentations

Chaired and organized

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Thesis, 2002


2007    Six SNBL highlights since 2007     ESRF press release on MOFs
SSCr Newsletter, No.70 (p. 10-13)     MOFs at
Title page + highlight (p. 20): SSCr Newsletter, No. 71    
Swiss Science Concentrates in CHIMIA: 1st + 2nd    
ESRF press release on LiBH4 Other highlights on LiBH4    
Poster prize at ECM24     TV video (France 3)    
2008 Chemical Science News    
University of Geneva press release     EurJIC Cover page
2009 Euronews about our research on hydrides   - TV Video (69 Mb)    
2010 ESRF Young Scientist Award + an interview in ESRF news: p. 17
Highlight in March issue of the ESRF news: the title page + p. 12-13
Title page + highlight (p. 40-41): SSCr Newsletter, No. 81    
Cryst. Res. Technol. Cover page
Synchrotron Radiation News on hydrides   - pdf    
2011 My collaboration on hydrides with UniGe, Campus, No. 102, p. 16-17    
ESRF highlight on flexible MOFs
European Young Researchers' Award - to Dorthe Ravnsbæk (hydrides)
New mineral: press releases from SGU and Uppsala University    
ESRF spotlight on science: Untangling chemical bonding in boron
Porous hydride: "Very Important Paper" + Inside Cover in Angew. Chem.
Inside Cover in Angew. Chem.: three press releases with
Wiley (+ in German), ESRF and UCL (+ here)
2012 Two-page highlight in FNRS news about our group, p. 18-19
2013 Front Cover in Chem. - Eur. J. Back Cover in Chem. Comm.
2017 3D-printed jars in ball-milling experiments:
ScienceDaily IUCr News
3D printer News
Cover page in Chemistry - European Journal on Molecules talking through the walls
Our Master student, Mathieu Vander Donckt, used X-ray diffraction to discover minerals on Mars
using Bruker D2 Phaser in the Mars Desert Research Station located in the Utah Desert, USA


2nd year Bachelor in Chemistry: "Eléments de cristallographie et spectroscopie moléculaire" - in French

2nd year Master in Chemistry: "Structural chemistry by diffraction methods" - in English

3rd year Bachelor in Chemistry: "Compléments de travaux pratiques en chimie" - in French

1st year Bachelor in Physics and Math: "Chimie générale" - in French

1st year Bachelor in Management Engineering: "Chimie I" - in French

Large facilities we use

European synchrotron, ESRF and Neutron source (nuclear reactor), ILL see site map
Some photos: Panorama of Grenoble, A bird's eye view on ESRF, The Grenoble valley
More images of the ESRF/ILL/EMBL site from 1 2 3 4 5

Swiss Spallation Neutron Source, SINQ and Swiss Light Source, SLS at PSI, Switzerland
See PSI from top        My photos from an experiment at SINQ in 2002
Now, a free-electron laser is under construction nearby.


My photo gallery (old pictures)
Traineeships at the European Synchrotron   

Last updated: May 2015