Vakgroep Chemie
Conceptual Density Functional Theory
Conceptual Density Functional Theory

In the context of reactivity descriptors in Conceptual DFT, the  nearly unexploited (χ(r,r’)) reveals its chemical and physical significance

Expeditie in Antarctica
Expeditie in Antarctica

Aankomst in de Russische basis Novolaszarevskaya. Op weg naar het Belgisch Research Station Princes Elisabeth op Antarctica

Meteoriet  Inslag in Noorwegen
Meteoriet Inslag in Noorwegen

Excursie naar de Precambrium schiervlakte in de Geilo / Skurdalen, mogelijke meteoriet impact structuren over een periode van 150 miljoen jaar

In het Labo
In het Labo

Hoog technologische instrumenten ter beschikking ter ondersteuning van het onderzoek in de verschillende vakgroepen

05/07/2017 - 13:00

On July 5th 2017 Debany Fonseca Pereira Batista obtained the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences with the following doctoral thesis:
N² fixation as a source of new nitrogen in the Atlantic Ocean
Promotor: Prof. Dr. Frank Dehairs

Investigadores Belgas
22/05/2017 - 12:30

Recently, members of the VUB AMGC research group (PhD-student Matthias Sinnesael (FWO) and former PhD-student dr. David De Vleeschouwer (MARUM, Bremen)) visited prof. Miroslav Zivanovic from the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in UPNA, Pamplona. This visit is a part of an international collaboration between geologists and engineers who have joined their forces in the study of cyclic (paleo-) climate research. The geologists are experienced and interested in cyclostratigraphy while the engineers – also in collaboration with VUB professor Johan Schoukens from the ELEC research group - have an extensive knowhow in the field of signal processing.

12/04/2017 - 08:00

Former AMGC Dr. David De Vleeschouwer heads new IGCP project “ IGCP 652, Reading Geologic time in Paleozoic Sedimentary Rocks”

IGCP = International Geosciences Programme Projects, funded by UNESCO

Major events punctuated the Paleozoic: ecological crises and diversifications, shifts in ocean chemistry, climatic changes, etc. One of the key-obstacles in understanding these events lays in the difficulty of providing precise estimates of the duration represented by a sequence of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks. This lack of temporal precision severely hampers the evaluation of forcing mechanisms and rates of climatic, ecological or biogeochemical changes in the Paleozoic. It is therefore essential to first improve the Paleozoic timescale to then unravel the history of the Paleozoic Earth system.

Laurine Budorf
04/04/2017 - 07:45

Laurine Burdorf (PhD student of Filip Meysman) recently won the ‘VLIZ Brilliant Marine Research Idea’ award. This award (up to 5000 euro) allows Laurine to execute a brilliant idea during her PhD within the frame of her research on cable bacteria. Laurine will use this to find out, on the level of genetics, ‘who’ exactly those interesting bacteria are …

We are looking forward to the results and congratulate Laurine with her brilliant idea!

Impactite, and shocked granite from IODP - ICDP core
06/03/2017 - 09:30


The AMGC group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel recruits PhD students to work on the IODP-ICDP core in the KT boundary Chicxulub crater.

In April 2016, IODP-ICDP drilled a core down to 1335 m in the 200 km in size Chicxulub crater,  offshore  Yucatan  (see  In  the  Fall
2016, the recovered material was described and sampled at the IODP Bremen core repository. Samples from the KT boundary interval, impactites, and uplifted granitic basement are available at  the VUB.  Building  on  more  than  25  years  at  the  forefront  of  KT  research,  the  proposed doctoral  theses  are  financed  by  different  projects  focusing  on  the  study  of  the  material recovered by the IODP-ICDP drilling.  The goals are to  document the cratering process, peak-ring  formation  and  melt  production,  understand  ejecta  production  and  deposition, 

  1.  constrain the products injected into the atmosphere, and their effect on the mass extinction,
  2. test the proposed connection between Chixculub and Deccan trap volcanism (see Renne et al. 2015), 
  3.  learn  from  Chicxulub  to  understand  the  evolution  of  terrestrial  planets…  

All  new ideas are welcome, so are interaction with other AMGC members working on similar topics.

The PhD funding is for a duration of max. 4 years. Starting dates are flexible, preferentially Spring  -  Summer  2017. Applications  will  remain  open  until  all  positions  are  filled.  Enthusiastic and  motivated  scientists  are  encouraged  to  apply. The  PhD  salary  makes  it  possible  to  live comfortably in Brussels and includes benefits (transport, medical etc.).

03/02/2017 - 17:00

On February 3 2017  Laura van Bergen obtained the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences with the following doctoral thesis:
Insights into the architectural design of the active site of AhpE peroxiredoxin through an experimental and computational approach
Promotors: Prof. Dr. Frank De Proft, Prof. Dr. Joris Messens and Prof. Dr. Mercedes Alonso

20/01/2017 - 12:00

On January 20th 2017 Nolwenn Lemaïtre obtained the academic degree of Doctor of Sciences (VUB) and Doctor in Marine Sciences (UBO-IUEM)
with the following doctoral thesis:  Multi-proxy approach (234Th, Baxs) of export and remineralisation fluxes of carbon and biogenic elements associated ith the oceanic biological pump
Promotors: Prof. Dr. Frank Dehairs & Dr. Geraldine Sarthou
Joint PhD with Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France

Science comes to life
28/11/2016 - 16:00

'Dag van de Wetenschap' is all about bringing science to the people and AMGC is very proud to have been part of this. We wanted to show that science is hiding everywhere, even in places people don't always suspect. So we teamed up with our colleagues from archaeology and engineering to talk about archaeological science and palaeontology. Behind the organization is the interdisciplinary group ArCPIG, supported by AMGC, SKAR and SURF.

Similar impact on the moon
21/11/2016 - 15:00

The team’s new work has confirmed that the asteroid, which created the Chicxulub crater, hit the Earth’s surface with such a force that it pushed rocks, which at that time were ten kilometres beneath the surface, farther downwards and then outwards. These rocks then moved inwards again towards the impact zone and then up to the surface, before collapsing downwards and outwards again to form the peak ring. In total they moved an approximate total distance of 30 kilometres in a matter of a few minutes.

07/11/2016 - 16:00

On Novermber 7th 2016 Stepan Chernonozhkin obtained the academic degree of Doctor in Sciences with the following doctoral thesis:
Development and application of ICP - mass spectrometry based methods for spatially resolved, elemental and Fe, Ni isotopic analysis of metal and silicate meteoritic material
Joint PhD with Universiteit Gent
Promotoren: Prof. Dr. Frank Vanhaecke & Prof. Dr. Philippe Claeys