Kasper Moth-Poulsen


KMP studied organic chemistry at the University of Copenhagen where he obtained the Cand. Scient. (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees under supervision of prof. Thomas Bjørnholm. After the Ph.D. degree, he worked as a post doc. in the Bjørnholm lab. In 2009, he continued his career abroad as a post doctoral associate at the College of Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley, where he worked with professors Rachel Segalman and Peter Vollhardt. In 2011 KMP was recruited to Chalmers University of Technology, as an assistant professor. In 2014 he was promoted to associate professor and in 2017 to professor (bitr. prof.)

Sarah Lerch

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

Dr. Sarah Lerch was raised in New York, USA and completed her PhD in chemistry with Prof. Björn Reinhard at Boston University, in Massachusetts, USA. Her previous research focused on correlative imaging and spectroscopy for individual plasmonic nanoparticle pairs, specifically those linked with DNA. Her current research interests are focused on the synthesis of nanoparticles and binding those to surfaces for catalysis related to environmental concerns.

Robson Rosa da Silva

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

Robson Silva was born in Goiás state, Brazil. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Federal University of Goiás. He received the Masters and Ph.D. degree in chemistry at São Paulo State University under supervision of Prof. Sidney Ribeiro. His previous research experiences focused on synthesizing metal-semiconductor hybrid one-dimensional nanostructures and nanocomposites with natural polymers and recycled synthetic polymers for photonic applications. His current research interests are focused on shape-controlled synthesis of nanomaterials in flow reactors for energy-related applications.

Hakan Bildirir

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

Hakan Bildirir was born in Istanbul-Turkey. He received his BSc And MSc degrees from Istanbul Technical University, and his PhD degree from Technical University of Berlin. In following, he worked in Advent Tech/Patras-Greece, and TUBITAK/Kocaeli-Turkey as a research fellow. During this time, he employed syntheses and characterisations of linear, branched, and porous conjugated polymers for energy related applications. Currently, he focuses on solar thermal energy storage and photon upconversion systems in Moth-Poulsen Group.

Zhihang Wang

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

Zhihang Wang was born in Shandong province, China. He received his B.S. in physics from Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, and M. S. on interactions between light and matters in Paris-sud university in France. Later he came to Sweden and joined Prof. Moth-Poulsen for a Ph.D. degree in molecular solar thermal energy storage until January of 2020. Currently, he continues his research in the group as a postdoctoral researcher.

Jessica Orrego Hernández

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

Dr. Jessica Orrego was born in 1987 in Apartadó-Colombia. She earned her B.S. in chemistry at Universidad Nacional at Bogotá-Colombia. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry at Universidad de los Andes at Bogotá-Colombia. Her previous research experiences focused on synthetical methods to extend the conjugation in heteroaromatic systems that allow enhancement of their fluorescent properties with application in fluorescent chemosensors. Her current research interest is the synthesis of NBD in flow in the MOST project.

Helen Hölzel

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

Helen studied Molecular Science at the FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg in Germany and earned her MSc in 2015, after 3 years of bachelor and 1.5 years of master studies. From mid of 2015 she pursued her doctoral studies in chemistry at the FAU in the group of Prof. Norbert Jux, where she worked on carbon-rich p-system porphyrin hybrids. She is very experienced in synthetic organic chemistry with focus on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and porphyrinoid structures. During her doctoral studies she also joined the group of Prof. Eiichi Nakamura at the University of Tokyo as visiting researcher with a JSPS fellowship, where she conducted research on an own devised research project on the behavior of molecular systems under TEM (transmission electron microscopy) conditions.

Pankaj Bharmoria

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

Dr. Pankaj Bharmoria is an experimental Bio-Photophysical Chemist, with key research interests in biophotonics, biotechnology and organic / inorganic salt-water chemistry. Pankaj was born in Himachal Pradesh, India. He studied Biology and Chemistry in BSc. and Physical Chemistry in MSc. at Himachal Pradesh University, India. He obtained his Ph. D degree in Biophysical Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Arvind Kumar at CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute, India in 2015. From 2016 he continued his research career abroad as post doc, first at CICECO-Aveiro university, Portugal with Professors. Mara G Freire, Sonia P Ventura and Joao P Coutinho (2016 and 2019) and then as JSPS fellow at Kyushu University Japan with Professors Nobuo Kimizuka and Nobuhiro Yanai (2016-2018). At Present he is working as Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow with Prof. Kasper Moth-poulsen at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Maria Quant

PhD student

I studied Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Gothenburg and got my Master degree in august 2014. I did my master degree project in Professor Morten Grøtli’s research group and the major part of my work was synthesis of small molecules (2,5-diketopiperazines) that were evaluated as inhibitors for a protein-protein interaction (p53/MDM2). In October 2014 I started my PhD studies in Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s group at Chalmers University of Technology. My current project involves synthesis of compounds for molecular solar thermal ener

Axel Olesund

PhD student

Axel Olesund was born in 1990 and originates from Jönköping, Sweden. He received his B.S. in Chemistry with Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology before pursuing his M.Sc. in Nanotechnology at Chalmers, a degree he received in 2018. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry at Chalmers where focus lie on quantum dot synthesis for solar energy applications, aiming at understanding and untangling the underlying mechanisms of triplet-triplet annihilation

Shima Ghasemi

Associated PhD student

I completed my undergraduate study in pure chemistry in 2015, and then received my M.Sc. degree in organic chemistry from Shahid Beheshti University in 2017. After that I started to work as a PhD student at Chalmers university of technology in March 2019. My research interests are focused on design and synthesis of organic molecules for investigating the applications with respect to 2D materials.

Ranyella Christina de Siqueira


Ranyella Siqueira. Bachelor in Psychology and Master in Gender Studies at São Paulo State University - Brazil. During undergraduate, she was awarded a scholarship to study Psychology at Santiago de Compostela University – Spain, also a three-year research scholarship. She investigated about stigma concept and practiced it. During the master's program, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Cláudia Prioste, she studied gender role stereotypes of the woman in the current context of cyberculture. She has experience in the psychological caring of adults and children. Currently, Ranyella has been working on studying the barriers that contribute to that female chemists are less likely to stay in upper levels at the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department of Chalmers.

Madhav Bhallamudi

Research Assistant

BSR Venu Madhav has earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering (2018) from the Osmania University, India. Post his graduation, he has worked as a research fellow in the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar where he has developed Augmented Reality modules for evaluation & life-time analysis of structures. Advancing further, he worked as an associate software engineer at Accenture as a quality analyst. He then continued his career as a master’s student at the Chalmers University of Technology in the Department of Industrial and Materials Science. Currently, he has joined Prof. Moth -Poulsens’s team as a summer intern and he is focusing on developing a thermal reactor for the MOST project.