Everything you never wanted to know about me

Hello, I’m Koen, nice to meet you!

I’m 28 years old, living in the wonderful city of Ghent, Belgium. It’s so nice to see that you found my blog. I hope you like it here!

My work

I’m a post-doctoral researcher in physics at the LumiLab research group at Ghent University. In short, I’m trying to make LED lighting cheaper, more efficient and more enjoyable.

In September 2013, I obtained my PhD in physics after four intense but very rewarding years. I studied how glow-in-the-dark materials work, and what they can be used for. One of our main achievements was the development of an orange glow-in-the-dark powder which could be used as an alternative for radioactive tracers in in vivo medical imaging.

If you want to know more about glow-in-the-dark, feel free to watch a one-minute summary or a 10-minute presentation by myself. If you’re really, really into it, I’ve written a few articles, too:

Materials 6 (2013) 2789
Physical Review B 87 (2013) 045126
Materials 4 (2011) 980
Materials 3 (2010) 2536
Journal of Luminescence 129 (2009) 1240

Feel free to check the full list here. My dissertation itself is not yet available online (only for Ghent University members), but don’t hesitate to contact me if you are looking for a copy.

My free time

I like books. A lot. If you want to know what I’m currently reading, check out my Goodreads account. My favourite author is Haruki Murakami, and my favourite novel is Norwegian Wood.

I like movies without a happy ending. My favourite movies are Requiem for a DreamDonnie Darko and Amélie Poulain.

I like many different kinds of music. I have a specific interest in movie soundtracks and scores. More details on my Last.fm page.

Apparently, I’m an ISTJ-type person.

I love travelling. I have developed a curious interest for Central European countries, especially Slovakia and Croatia. I did a traineeship in Bratislava, where my Croatian roommate introduced me to his culture. I’m in love with Madrid, where I studied for six months. If anyone can get me some Kofola, I’ll be eternally grateful…

From April 2012 to September 2014 I have been actively involved in the Zonnebloemblaadjes vzw, a group of enthusiastic people organizing summer camps and activities for physically handicapped youth (age 6-18). They’re always looking for new people, so feel free to pay our website a visit!


When I’m not working, doing the dishes or ironing, I’m probably making illustrations, data visualizations or infographics. What started as a hobby attracted enough attention and support from my peers that I decided to start my own business, Baryon. Its goal is to provide graphic design services aimed at for scientists and academics, and to assist them in delivering their message in the most simple, clear and elegant way possible.

If you have a project I can help you with, or if you have some tips, advice or wisdom for me, please contact me! Shall we have lunch together?

Get in touch

I love getting in touch, so don’t hesitate!

E-mail: vandeneeckhoutkoen@gmail.com
Facebook: koenvandeneeckhout
LinkedIn: Koen Van den Eeckhout
Last.fm: Gladi8or2
Twitter: @Koen_VdE
YouTube: koenvandeneeckhout
Flickr: koenvandeneeckhout