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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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Eulàlia Pujades-Otero

Group Administrator

Eulàlia Pujades-Otero was born in Barcelona, Spain. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Chemistry in 2014 and a Master Degree in Industrial Chemistry and Introduction to Chemical Research in 2015 both from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain). She spent a semester abroad during her Bachelor Degree at University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) doing research in redox flow batteries and energy storage under the supervision of Dr. Len Berlouis. She is now finishing her PhD degree in materials science also at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona focused on the implementation of nanocarbons for energy storage applications. She has also diversed experience in the industrial sector as supporting technician, research assistant and technical and quality manager. She has also attended technology transfer, entrepreneurs and project and quality management courses over the last 5 years.

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Zhihang Wang

Zhihang Wang

Researcher (Postdoctoral), Chalmers

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), Chalmers

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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Muhammad Adil Salman Aslam

Muhammad Adil Salman Aslam

Researcher (Postdoctoral), Chalmers

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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Nicolò Baggi

Nicolò Baggi

Researcher (Postdoctoral), ICMAB

Nicolò Baggi was born in Milan, Italy. He received his Bachelor’s Degree (2016) and Master’s Degree (2018) in Industrial Chemistry from Università degli Studi di Milano (UniMi, Italy). He then moved to France to work on terarylene-based molecular switches under the supervision of Dr. Pei Yu at Université Paris-Saclay, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2022. He is currently working on the synthesis and the characterization of molecular photoswitches for energy conversion as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s group at Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB, Spain).

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Paulius Baronas

Paulius Baronas

Researcher (Postdoctoral), ICMAB

Dr. Paulius Baronas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. He received his B.S. in nuclear energy physics and M. S. in materials and technology of optoelectronics from Vilnius University (Lithuania). During his master's studies he spent a semester at Lund University (Sweden) doing research on organic and hybrid solar cells under supervision of Prof. Villy Sundström. Paulius received his Ph.D. in physics at Vilnius University in 2020 with dissertation titled „Exciton dynamics in bifluorene crystals for laser applications“ under supervision of Prof. Saulius Juršėnas. In 2022 he joined Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s group at ICMAB (Spain) as a postdoctoral researcher to work on solar thermal energy storage materials.


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Pankaj Bharmoria

Pankaj Bharmoria

Researcher (Postdoctoral), ICMAB

Pankaj Bharmoria is an experimental photophysical chemist. He has joined Kasper Moth-Poulsen lab as an Incoming Junior leader-post doctoral with a la-Caixa grant at ICMAB-CSIC Spain. His research interests are focused on development of new bio-sustainable photon conversion materials for solar energy harvesting. Prior to this, he worked with Kasper at Chalmers University of Technology (CUT) Sweden, as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Post-doc where he developed recyclable bioplastics for red to blue photon upconversion and molecular photoswitching in the solid-state in air. He is an experienced researcher worked across India (Ph.D., CSIR-CSMCRI), Japan (JSPS-Postdoc, Kyushu University), Portugal (Postdoc, CICECO Aveiro University), and Sweden (Researcher, CUT & Gothenburg University).

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Pedro Ferreira

Pedro Ferreira

Researcher (Postdoctoral), ICMAB

Pedro Ferreira was born in Portalegre, Portugal. He received his BSc in Applied chemistry (2015) and MSc in Bioorganic chemistry (2017) from NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT-UNL, Portugal). During his master’s thesis, he was awarded an intership at ISOF-CNR (Italy) under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Barbieri and Dr. Barbara Ventura. Pedro received his PhD in chemical science and technology (2022) from URV (Spain) under the supervision of Prof. Pablo Ballester at ICIQ (Spain). During this time, he was awarded an academic secondment at ISOF-CNR (Italy) under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Ventura in the field of photophysics and an industrial secondment at COVESTRO (Germany) under the supervision of Dr. Stefanie Eiden and Dr. Frank Richter. In 2022 he joined the group of Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen at ICMAB (Spain) as a postdoctoral researcher to work on the synthesis and characterization of molecular switches.

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Axel Olesund

Axel Olesund

PhD student, Chalmers

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, Chalmers

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, Chalmers

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, Chalmers

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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Lorette Fernandez

Lorette Fernandez

PhD student, ICMAB

Lorette Fernandez started working as a PhD student in Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s group at Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona in July 2022. She first graduated as a technician from the University Institute of Technology Montpellier-Sète, in Sète. She then trained for three years as a chemical engineer at the National Superior Chemistry School of Mulhouse (ENSCMu) with an exchange at Sigma Clermont and obtained a Master's degree at the University of Clermont Auvergne at the same time. She is now working on a project focusing on the characterization of the energy storage function of a combination of molecular photo-switches with phase change materials and on the investigation of the materials performance in devices.

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Lukas Naimovičius

Lukas Naimovičius

MSc Student, ICMAB

Lukas Naimovičius was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. He received his B.S. (2022) in Laser Physics from Vilnius University and is currently seeking M.S. in Photonics and Nanotechnology. Lukas has started his scientific career at Vilnius University where he conducted research in the field of NIR-to-visible photon upconversion under the supervision of Prof. Karolis Kazlauskas for 3 years. As a young scientist, Lukas has received several student grants from Lithuanian Research Council and represented Lithuania at the 71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Chemistry. In 2022, he joined Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen group as a M.S. student to work on NIR-to-visible photon upconversion for MOST systems at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB).

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Hannes Schomaker

Project Assistant

Hannes Schomaker was born in Nordhorn, Germany and studied Chemistry at WWU Münster and HHU Düsseldorf. After receiving his chemistry diploma, he worked for two years as a process engineer for ZELU Chemie GmbH, a mid-sized company producing adhesives and polyurethane systems near Stuttgart. Then he worked for almost five years in the chemical development of UV-curing 3D-printing resins at Prodways Materials GmbH near Frankfurt am Main where he developed resin formulations from initial idea to product “ready to sell”. After his move to Sweden, he joined Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s group in March 2021 where he is currently establishing a laboratory for automated chemical synthesis using robotics and AI.

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Liang Fei

Visiting PhD Student

Liang is a PhD student in Prof. Chaoxia Wang’s group at the Jiangnan University. Currently, he is a visiting PhD student in Kasper group at Chalmers in 2021-2022. His research focus is on synthesis of colourful NBD/QC for molecular solar thermal energy storage and its applications for thermal energy management textiles.

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