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Kasper Moth-Poulsen

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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.)

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Sarah Lerch

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.

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Robson Rosa da Silva

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.

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Zhihang Wang

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.

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Helen Hölzel

Helen Hölzel

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

Helen studied Molecular Science at the FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg in Germany. She received her doctoral degree with honors in natural sciences (chemistry) from the FAU, working on carbon-rich π-system porphyrin hybrids. During her doctoral studies, she also joined the group of Prof. Eiichi Nakamura at the University of Tokyo, Japan, as visiting researcher where she investigated the behavior of molecular systems under TEM (transmission electron microscopy) conditions. She is very experienced in synthetic organic chemistry. Present, she works on flow synthesis and is involved in several projects concerned with the development, optimization, and investigation of the NBD/QC isomerization pair as an efficient MOST system.

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Pankaj Bharmoria

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.

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Muhammad Adil Salman Aslam

Muhammad Adil Salman Aslam

Researcher (Postdoctoral)

Dr. Muhammad Adil Salman Aslam was born in Lahore, Pakistan and obtained his Ph.D. (2019) under the supervision of Prof. Dong-Gyu Cho at Inha University, South Korea. His doctoral thesis ‘New Carbaporphyrins using Anthracene and Allylic motifs’ focused on the study of electronic pathway in carbaporphyrins. He has multi-step organic synthesis expertise. Dr. Adil joined Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s group in 2021. His current focus is the synthesis of double/multi systems (NBD/QC) for molecular solar thermal energy storage.

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Maria Quant

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 energy storage.

Axel Olesund

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

Shima Ghasemi

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.

Monika Shamsabadi

Monika Shamsabadi

PhD student

Monika Shamsabadi was born and raised in London, United Kingdom and has a strong interest in synthetic organic chemistry. She received her MSci in Chemistry from University College London (UCL) in August 2020 where she worked within the research group of Professor Vijay Chudasama to develop a novel cysteine protecting group for her Master’s Thesis. In April 2021, Monika started her PhD studies in Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s group at Chalmers University of Technology where the focus of her research is on designing and synthesizing organic compounds for molecular solar thermal energy storage.

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Lidiya Musherefa Muhammad

Lidiya Musherefa Muhammad

PhD student

Lidiya Musherefa started working as a PhD student in Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s group at Chalmers University of Technology in May 2021. She did her master’s degree project in Professor Wendimagegn Mammo’s group in the synthetic organic chemistry laboratory at Addis Ababa University and she focused her research on synthesis of conjugated polymers. The goal of the project was to synthesize conjugated donor polymers with the right performance characteristics for photovoltaic application. She is now working on a project focusing on design and synthesis of organic compounds for solar thermal energy storage materials.

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Ranyella Christina de Siqueira

Project Assistant

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.

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Clara Szolnoky

Research Assistant

Clara Szolnoky was born in Sydney, Australia. She has a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and is now a master's student in Materials Chemistry at Chalmers University of Techology. Her bachelor's thesis was within synthesis of Graphene/Pd hybrid materials for catalysis, under supervision of Prof. Nina Kann and Xiaoyang Zhang at Chalmers University of Technology. Clara was awarded a scholarship within the Chalmers Undergraduate Research Initiative to continue her research during the Summer of 2020. Currently, she is finishing off a year of studies at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal and will join Prof. Moth-Poulsen’s team as a summer intern to focus on synthesis and characterisation of photochromic materials in miniature window panels.

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