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.

Johnas Ëklof

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

I started my M.Sc. in Engineering Nanoscience at LTH – Lund University at the fall of 2008, an education characterized by its interdisciplinary nature. I have worked in projects in physics, chemistry, electronics and biology. I chose to focus my studies towards materials Science during the final years working with both characterizing and synthesizing ceramics, alloys, polymers and more. During the master thesis; I worked with optimizing a step in the fabrication of Solar cells based on epitaxial grown InP nanowires using Nano Imprint Lithograph

Behabitu Ergette Tebikachew

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

In 2006, I completed my undergraduate study in Applied Chemistry from Ambo University, Ethiopia. After serving a year as a graduate assistant in the same University, I joined the Erasmus Mundus program to study Materials Science. During this time I worked on the synthesis of CNT-based polymer composite materials with the aim of improving the mechanical properties of the matrix. Later, I joined Professor Wendimagegn´s laboratory at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia to work on the synthesis of carbazole- and dibenzosilole-based DA conjugated po

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.

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.

Elham Hosseini Bab Anari

PhD student

I have completed my B.Sc. in pure chemistry in 2005, and then received my M.Sc. degree in physical chemistry from Shiraz University in 2009, my thesis was about “Thermodynamic Properties of Associated and Quantum fluids from Tao and Mason equation of state”. In 2010 we moved to Australia. From October 2011- February 2014, I have worked as a research assistant in the school of chemical science in University of New South Wales (UNSW- Australia) under supervision of Dr. Leigh Aldous. My major research was on Synthesis of Ionic Liquids (ILs) from c

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

Zhihang Wang

PhD student

I finished my undergraduate studies in physics at Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 in France, my final year project being completed under the guidance of Prof. Denis Machon, about “Phase change of GaSe, SiO2 nanoparticles under high pressure using Raman spectroscopy”. Then I moved to University of Paris-sud XI to continue my first year of master degree in fundamental physics. In May of 2013, I worked as an intern in Prof. Yohei Kobayashi’s group at The University of Toky in Japan for two months. In 2014 for the second year, I joined the master “

Anna Pekkari

PhD student

I studied Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology at Chalmers and obtained my Masters degree in December 2014. I did my master thesis in prof. Martin Anderssons group were I worked with synthesis of meso-ordered hydrogels and their evaluation for controlled drug release. After graduation I worked a year as Formulation Scientist at Pharmaceutical Development, AstraZeneca developing liquid drug formulations for early preclinical studies. I started to work as a PhD student at Applied Chemistry at Chalmers in March 2016. My current research focuses

Xin Wen

PhD student

I got my bachelor degree in Metallic Material Engineering in Jilin University in 2013. Then I studied in Prof. Lianlong He’s group in Solid Atomic Imaging Division at Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences and obtained my master degree in 2016. My master thesis is “The fine microstructure study of HfC coatings for C/C composites”. In September 2016, I started to work as a PhD student in Kasper’s group at Chalmers University of Technology. When crystal diameter is small to nanoscale, it presents special properties which are dif

Alicja Stolas

PhD student

Alicja was born in 1992 in Rawicz, Poland. She received her M.Sc in chemistry from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in nanochemistry at Chalmers University of Technology. Her previous research experiences focused on synthesizing metallo-organic complexes and organic compounds for medicinal applications. Her current research interests are focused on synthesis of metal nanoparticles and organic compounds for gas sensing toward air pollution.

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

Yidong Chen

Master student

Yidong was born in 1996, comes from Xi’an, Shaanxi, China. She received her B.S in Materials Chemistry from Shaanxi University of Science and Technology. Now, she is pursuing her master degree in Materials Chemistry at Chalmers. Her previous research experiences focused on dopping and exfoliating layered titanates for photocatalysis application. Her current research is related to faceted core-mesoporous silica shell nanoparticles for catalysis application.

Oli Fothergil-Kemp

Visiting student

My internship at Chalmers is an Erasmus placement, as part of my third year studying Chemistry (MChem) at the University of Warwick in the UK. I'm working at Chalmers with Dr. Hakan Bildirir on a photon up-conversion project to improve the efficiency of light-induced photochemical materials applications.

Henry Moise

Visiting student

I am from San Fransisco, California and am currently studying chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara. I'm spending my summer participating in a research internship here at Chalmers. I will work under Zhihang Wang with the catalyst used in the groups solar thermal energy storage.

Petra Peltonen

Visiting student

I am Master´s degree student from University of Jyväskylä, Finland. I study at our international nanoscience program and my major is in structural and synthetic chemistry. At Chalmers I am working on my master’s thesis about photocleavable protecting groups and photochemical modifications of self-assembled monolayers with Dr. Behabitu Ergette Tebikachew.

Lorette Fernandez

Visiting student

I am currently studying in the second year of a three-year engineer course (equivalent to a master degree) at the National Superior Chemistry School of Mulhouse, France. As part of this training, I am doing a three-month internship at Chalmers. My supervisor is Zhihang Wang and I am working on the norbornadienes to the energy storage.