PhilippeVereecken

Prof. Dr. Philippe Vereecken is Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at imec and part-time professor at the University of Leuven (KU-Leuven). He is Scientific director electrochemical storage at imec. His main expertise lays in the combination of electrochemistry and nanomaterials and specifically in its use in semiconductors, energy conversion, electrochemical storage and nanomaterials synthesis.

Dr. Vereecken received a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1998. He then spent 7 years in the US, first as a postdoctoral associate in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD (1998-2001) and subsequently as a Research Staff Member (RSM) at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY (2001-2005). Dr. Vereecken returned to Belgium in 2005 to join the Nanomaterials group in imec, working on catalytic growth and integration of nanowires and nanotubes for post-CMOS applications. In 2009, Dr. Vereecken started up the electrochemical storage activities in imec. In the same year he was appointed as part-time professor at the Faculty of Bio-Science Engineering of the KU-Leuven.
His scientific interests are found in the combination of (photo-)electrochemistry, nanomaterials and solid-state devices. His current focus lays in the development of novel solid-state nanocomposite electrolytes and thin-film protective coatings for next generation solid-state Li-ion batteries. Next to battery developments, Dr. Vereecken is also active in electrocatalysis for hydrogen production and the electroreduction of CO2 to valuable molecules and fuels. Dr. Vereecken has authored and co-authored over 180 scientific publications and is inventor and co-inventor on 46 patent applications. He is board member of The Electrochemical Society (ECS), and chair of the ECS Electrodeposition division.