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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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Helen Hölzel

Helen Hölzel

Researcher (Postdoctoral), UPC

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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Kevin Moreno

Kevin Moreno

Researcher (Postdoctoral), UPC

Kevin Moreno studied organic chemistry at the University of Bordeaux where he obtained his doctoral degree in 2022 under the supervison of the Dr. Celine Olivier. His Ph.D. work was focused on the synthesis and optical characterization of chiral foldamers for circularly polarized luminescence and nonlinear optics. Currently, he joined the group of Pr. Kasper Moth-Poulsen in Barcelona as a postdoctoral researcher to work on scalable synthesis of molecular photoswitches for energy conversion.

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Rebecca Salthouse

Rebecca Salthouse

Researcher (Postdoctoral), UPC

Rebecca completed her MChem at Durham University (UK) in 2018 where she then went on to study for a PhD in the group of Prof. J. A. Gareth Williams working on the design, synthesis and photophysical studies of deep-red/NIR-emitting mono- and dinuclear platinum(II) for OLED applications. Whilst finishing her PhD thesis during 2022, she was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Martin Bryce (Durham University) focusing on the synthesis of cross-conjugated molecules and air-stable radicals for single-molecule conductance measurements. In 2023 she joined Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen’s group at UPC (Barcelona) to work on the scalable synthesis of molecular photoswitches and their application in MOST devices.

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Prashant Ram Jadhao

Prashant Ram Jadhao

Researcher (Postdoctoral), UPC

Dr. Prashant Ram Jadhao, originally from Buldhana, India, holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Vishwakarma Institute of Technology Pune, India, and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), respectively. His academic journey led him to pursue a Ph.D. at IIT Delhi under the guidance of Prof. K. K. Pant. Throughout his doctoral studies, he dedicated his research to the sustainable management of electronic waste, resulting in the development of an integrated technology for recovering metals and converting e-waste plastic into valuable products. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he assumed the role of a project scientist at the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) in Hyderabad, focusing on recycling Printed Circuit Boards. In December 2023, Dr. Jadhao embarked on a new chapter in his career by joining Prof. Kasper Moth-Poulsen's research group at UPC Barcelona as a postdoctoral researcher. His current research endeavours involve exploring eco-friendly technology for recovering precious metals from printed electronics, further advancing sustainable practices in electronic waste management.

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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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Jacob Lynge Elholm

Jacob Lynge Elholm

PhD student, ICMAB

I am from Copenhagen, Denmark. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen under the supervision of Kurt V. Mikkelsen. During my Master’s thesis, my focus was on the screening of Chemical Space for photoswitches usable for MOST systems. In Kasper’s Group, my focus will be on programming an automated chemistry setup for synthesis and characterisation. Meanwhile, I will also perform quantum chemical predictions of the molecular properties of target MOST systems.

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Mila Miroshnichenko

Mila Miroshnichenko

PhD student, ICMAB

My name Mila Miroshnichenko I am from Ukraine. I study at university Taras Shevchenko in Kiev and University Angers in France. After when I finished education I started worked in industry company Enamine I have experience in organic synthesis and purification. Now I am in Kasper team and very happy start working in my PHD.

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Paul Augustin Gueben

Paul Augustin Gueben

PhD student, UPC

I am Paul Gueben and I come from Belgium. I studied at the University of Mons where I obtained my Bachelor's degree and my Master's degree in Chemistry. My Master's thesis was about the development of a new method for the characterization of late-stage functionalization products using cyclic ion mobility in collaboration with a belgian pharmaceutical company. Now, I am in Kasper's group where I will be starting a cotutelle PhD between the UPC and the University of Mons with a focus on the Design, synthesis, and characterization of new energy-storing molecular photoswitches by flow chemistry and mass spectrometry.

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