Lea is from a small town in Germany and studied Chemistry at the University of Muenster to achieve her MSc in 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bart Jan Ravoo. During her Master studies she stayed in the group of Prof. Dr. Eli Zysman-Colman for a three month research stay. She rejoined the Zysman-Colman group in St Andrews for her Ph.D. as part of the PhotoReAct ITN, working on the design of novel Photocatalysts. Next to Chemistry she enjoys playing lacrosse, long hikes and spending time outside
Aminata was born and raised in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. She started studying Chemical Engineering and Process in 2015 at the Graduate School of Industry in Yamoussoukro. In 2017, she got fully-funded government scholarships and moved to France to study at the National Graduate School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Montpellier. In 2018, she took a gap-year to work on several chemistry projects like the investigation of a new method for mono-methylation of primary amines at AstraZeneca, Gothenburg. In 2020, she joined Sanofi Pasteur for her master thesis, working on the optimization of chemical processes on biomolecules. The same year, she obtained a Master’s degree in chemistry, and a Master’s degree in chemistry of biomolecules, Research and Application. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD as a joint student between the Zysman-Colman Group and Johnson Matthey, working in the Marie Curie ITN PhotoReAct on the design and synthesis of novel photocatalysts and their application in industry. Aminata is a tireless traveller. She also enjoys swimming and hiking.
Sultan was born in a small town in Turkey but raised in metropolis, İstanbul. She studied Chemistry Education at Middle East Technical University. Here, she joined Gunbaslab as undergraduate researcher and wrote her degree thesis on ‘realization of a long-pursued building block for organic electronics’ in 2018. Then, she joined Kolemenlab at Koç University for her graduate studies. Here, she took part in several projects related to development of small organic molecules for biological applications wrote her M.Sc thesis on Design, Synthesis and Investigation of in vitro Therapeutic Effects of Silicon Substituted Xanthene Based Phototheranostic Agents (2021). Now she is a member of research group directed by Prof. Paola Ceroni at University of Bologna and studying design and mechanistic investigation of Photocatalytic processes in particular TADF chromophores as photoredox catalysis within Marie S. Curie ITN network PhotoReAct. Beside chemistry, she enjoys dancing, doing yoga, cheering up with friends and being active.
Silvia was born in 1998 in a small village near Rome (Italy). She received both her B.Sc (2019) and her M.Sc (2022) in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry at the University of Rome <<La Sapienza>>. Her Master's project was based on the functionalization of aliphatic C-H bonds through photocatalytic Hydrogen Atom Transfer processes, under the supervision of Professor Stefano Di Stefano. As of June 2022, she joined Professor Kirsten Zeitler's research group at the University of Leipzig to pursue her Ph.D. as part of the Marie S. Curie ITN network PhotoReAct. In particular, her contribution to the project will be to synthesize new organic photocatalysts that can replace the much more expensive and environmentally unfriendly Ir- and Ru-based photocatalysts.
Joseph Milton was born in 1998 in Taunton, Somerset (United Kingdom). He obtained both his BSc and MSc Chemistry degrees from the University of Birmingham. His MSc thesis focussed on the synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocycles via electrochemical methods under the supervision of Prof. John S. Fossey. After completion of his MSc, Joe moved to Poland to join Prof. Dorota Gryko’s group at ICHO PAN, where he now works in asymmetric photocatalyst design under the PhotoReAct ITN.
Debora was born in Herne a small town in Germany and studied chemistry at the Ruhr University Bochum, where she obtained her B. Sc in September 2019. Afterwards, she continued her master studies in Bochum and obtained her M.Sc in March 2022 with her thesis on the photoredox-catalyzed C−H fluoromethoxylation of arenes under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lukas J. Gooßen. In April 2022, after her graduation, she started a six-month research chemistry internship at Syngenta Crop Protection AG. In November 2022, she joined the group of Prof. Dr. Nevado at the University of Zurich to pursue her PhD as part of the Marie S. Curie PhotoReAct ITN. Within this project, she is working on the development of new photocatalytic methods for the site-selective modification of amino acids in peptides. Besides chemistry, she enjoys hiking and bouldering.
Raquel was born in Spain and she got both undergrad degree and master’s degree in Organic Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has done two internships, the first one during the summer of 2017 at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre while last year she finished a competitive fellowship for industrial placement in medicinal chemistry at GSK. Now she is doing her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Daniele Leonori in the University of Manchester within the area of photoredox catalysis with a particular emphasis towards the development of novel methodologies for C–N bond assembly. The main aim of the project will be to develop fundamentally novel transformations that can be applied to the preparation and the late-stage functionalization of bioactive materials. She loves all kinds of sports and she also practices yoga frequently. And she loves animals: she has a guinea pig called Coco.
Matteo Leone was born in 1994 in Rome (Italy) . He received both his B.Sc. (2017) and his M.Sc. (2020) in Organic Chemistry at the University of Rome « La Sapienza » . During his M.Sc. he worked on [2+2] cycloadditions of allenes to enones with Ir and Ru photocatalyst under the supervision of Dr. Francesca Leonelli. Starting from March 2021 he is a Ph.D. candidate with the University of Paris-Saclay and the CNRS under the supervisione of Dr. Géraldine Masson. His Ph.D. is part of the Marie S. Curie ITN network PhotoReAct and it will deal with the synthesis of novel chiral photocatalysts for the development of asymmetric processes. Next to chemistry he loves traveling and spending time with friends.
Adrián was born in 1993 in Madrid (Spain). He received his BSc degree in Chemistry (2017) and his MSc degree in Organic Chemistry (2018) from Complutense University of Madrid. As undergraduate student he worked on the development on new [18F]PET radiotracers, and during his MSc degree he was focused on the Development of Antibody-Drug Conjugates as antituberculosis drugs. In September 2018 he joined Janssen as Junior Research Fellow, during a 6 months internship, working on the synthesis of small molecules on different drug discovery processes. On the following years he has received different Graduate Research Fellowships working on different topics as the development of New Rh(III) complexes at IMDEA Nanoscience (2019, Madrid) or on the Synthesis of Nucleoside derivatives as new Antivirals at IQM-CSIC (2021, Madrid). He also was contracted by Eurofins Villapharma Research (2020, Murcia), working on the synthesis of small molecules under client requests. Now a days, Adrián is based on Pavia (Italy) where he is pursuing his PhD studies at PhotoGreen Lab belonging to University of Pavia. His project is part of the Marie S. Curie ITN network PhotoReAct and it is entitled “New uncharged precursors for photoredox-mediated radical generation”. It deals with the development of new uncharged scaffolds to access, through metal-free photoredox processes, to different radicals under batch and flow conditions. Next to chemistry he is a Crossfit referee and he likes martial arts, practice Crossfit, animals, travels and to spend time with family and friends.
Byeongseok Kweon was born in Seoul, South Korea and studied chemistry at Sogang University to get his bachelor’s degree. After graduation, he stayed with Professor Hong Geun Lee's group in Seoul National University for a three-month research stay. Then, he moved to the group of Professor Sungwoo Hong at KAIST and continued his research. During his master studies, he focused on the C−H functionalization of heteroarenes as a researcher at the Institute for Basic Science in Korea. Currently, he has joined the group Ryan Gilmour at the University of Münster for a PhD in the field of contra-thermodynamic alkene isomerization via photocatalysis. Other than scientific interests, he enjoys traveling, exercising and music.
Stefano Bonciolini was born in 1994 in San Miniato, a small village in the Tuscan countryside (Italy). He received both his B.Sc. (2017) and his M.Sc. (2019) in Organic Chemistry with cum laude at the University of Pisa. During his M.Sc. thesis, he worked on asymmetric α-amination reactions promoted by chiral organocatalysts of 3-substituted 2-oxindole compounds under the supervision of Dr. Alessandro Mandoli. After receiving the Master degree, he joined Dr. Marcus Baumann’s group at the UCD (Dublin, Ireland) as an Erasmus student for 5 months. There, he carried out research on photocatalytic HAT transformations in continuous flow. From February 2021 onwards, he is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Amsterdam under the supervision of Prof. Timothy Noël. His Ph.D. is part of the Marie S. Curie ITN network PhotoReAct and will deal with the development of electrochemical and photochemical transformations in microflow reactors.
Pauline Tenblad was born in Gothenburg, Sweden 1995. She obtained both her B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics and her M.Sc degree in Innovative and Sustainable Chemical Engineering in the same city at Chalmers University of Technology. In between her bachelor and master Pauline did a research internship in the research team of Prof. Dr. Matthias Karg at the Physical Chemistry Department at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany. The project was dedicated to the decoration of gold nanoparticles by responsive block copolymers. Her M.Sc. thesis was carried out at Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. The thesis included modelling of ionic shortcut currents in segmented electrode ED and RED configurations using python to simulate the system as an electronic circuit. After receiving her M.Sc. degree from Chalmers University of Technology in 2020, Pauline moved to Amsterdam to pursue a Ph.D. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Timothy Noël. Her Ph.D. is part of the Marie S. Curie ITN network PhotoReAct and will focus on the development of automated screening technologies augmented by machine learning algorithms.
Damiano Diprima was born in 1995 in Cittadella a small town in the Veneto countryside (Italy). He received both his B.Sc (2017) and his master (2020) in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Padova. During his M.Sc. thesis, he worked on continuous flow sulfoxidation: optimization and study of the reaction via design of experiments under the supervision of Prof. Tommaso Carofiglio. From October 2021 onwards, he is a Ph.D. candidate with the University of Amsterdam performing his research at Ecosynth under the supervision of Koen Van Aken. His Ph.D. is part of the Marie S. Curie ITN network PhotoReAct and will deal with the Scale-up of multiphasic photochemical transformations, development of economic and ecological assessment tools and design of a photo-retrosynthetic analysis system.
Matteo Gasparetto was born in Crespino, a small town in Veneto (Italy) near river Po. In October 2020 he recieved his Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Padova with a thesis project on Organic Synthesis. After getting the professional qualification to practice as Pharmacist’s and he worked for four and a half months as a research fellow in the laboratory of Organic Synthesis of prof. Giovanni Marzaro, for whom he had carried out his thesis. From November 2021 onwards, he works in the group of Dr. Gellért Sipos at ComInnex as a ESR for the PhotoReAct ITN, working on the development of novel photochemical methods and transformation to expand the chemical toolbox for library synthesis. Next to chemistry he is a football referee and also enjoy going to the gym, playing chess and hang out with friends.
Brenda Pijper was born in 1996 on a small island called Ameland, in the Netherlands. She obtained her B.Sc. degree at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Chemistry with specialization in food and pharma. As part of her bachelor, she performed 6-month internships at renowned companies such as Janssen Pharmaceutica (BE) and Galapagos (BE). After obtaining the bachelor’s degree (2019) cum laude, she continued with a M.Sc in chemistry focussed on research in Chemical Biology at Leiden University. Her master thesis was carried out at the Molecular Physiology group of Prof. Dr. M. van der Stelt. In the thesis she worked towards second generation NAPE-PLD inhibitors. In September 2021 Brenda moved to Toledo in Spain to start as a Ph.D. candidate at the Chemical Technologies group at Janssen Pharmaceutica under supervision of Dr. Jesus Alcazar. The Ph.D is part of the Marie S. Curie ITN network PhotoReAct. Her research is focussed on new methodologies in flow photochemistry for library synthesis and High Throughput Experimentation (HTE). In her free time she loves going for hikes with her dog Koji.