Mariana Cecilio de Oliveira Monteiro
'Since September 2017 I am working as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) through a Marie Curie Fellowship in the group of Prof. M. T. M. Koper. I work in the Catalysis and Surface Chemistry department (CASC) and my PhD focuses on the electrolyte effects in electrochemical reactions as hydrogen evolution and CO2 reduction. I am also working on the development of a scanning electrochemical microscope and a sensor for probing pH gradients during electrochemical reactions. I think joining the PhD platform is a nice way to help improving the quality of the activities organized for PhD students and to be actively giving feedback and helping organizing them. '
“My PhD started in the beginning of December 2017 under the supervision of dr. Bonnet and prof. dr. Bouwman in the group Metals in Catalysis, Biomimetics and Inorganic Chemistry (MCBIM) from Leiden University and prof. dr. Brouwer in the group Molecular Photonics at the University of Amsterdam. The PhD is the result of my research proposal that I wrote within the HRSMC Excellence Master’s Program. The aim of the PhD project is to develop an artificial molecular system based on liposomes as support for photocatalytic water splitting, thereby mimicking the natural photosynthesis processes of green leaves and certain bacteria. I joined the PhD platform to be able to contribute to the HRSMC PhD program, because it improves your scientific knowledge with the courses and conferences and furthermore it gives the perfect opportunity to meet fellow PhD’s from the other universities.”
"Since November, 1st 2016 I am a member of the Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-inspired Catalysis group under supervision of Professor Joost Reek. My PhD research is focused on pseudorotaxane mediated charge transfer. To study this, I synthesize supramolecular complexes and characterize these with a variety of spectroscopic techniques, for example UV-vis, fluorescence and electrochemistry. I enjoy doing research but I also enjoy the other aspects a PhD has to offer that are as important, such as lectures, courses and schools. This is why I like to be a member of the HRSMC PhD platform as I am directly involved in the great education programme the HRSMC has to offer to young researchers."
“In August 2017 I started my PhD in the Syborch group (VU), under the supervision of dr. Ruijter, focusing on transition metal catalysed asymmetric allylation and cascade reactions.
I think that interdisciplinary interactions are really important in research: being a member of the HRSMC PhD platform gives me the chance to meet people with very different backgrounds, and plan together schools, lectures and courses to improve the overall quality of the education PhD program.”
"As a PhD student at both the UvA and the Radboud University I will be joining the PhD platform of the HRSMC. During my time as a student, but also as a PhD I find it very motivating, useful and fun to have good contact with fellow students. Not only to have (too long) coffee breaks, but also to learn from and spar with people on difficulties in the lab or the office. It is very nice that the HRSMC facilitates this and I am more than happy to take part and contribute. In both Nijmegen and Amsterdam I’m currently doing gas phase high-resolution spectroscopy on molecules of astrochemical interest (and more)."
“In September 2017 I started my PhD in the department of Theoretical Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lucas Visscher at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Our aim is better understanding of the Dye-sensitized Photo-Electrochemical Cells (DS-PECs), one of the promising technologies for transforming solar energy to chemical fuels and important chemical feedstock. The better understanding of this system can aid in their optimal design.
I like being part of the HRSMC PhD platform as it gives me opportunity to connect with other PhD students, outside of my group, and to take part in the organisation of school’s events.”
"In October 2019 I started as a PhD student in the Homogeneous, Supramolecular and Bio-inspired Catalysis group under the supervision of Professor Joost Reek and Professor Bas de Bruin. My research focusses on new strategies toward catalysis in water, under mild conditions, assisted by supramolecular complexes. To achieve this, I synthesize supramolecular complexes and transition metal catalysts, which I characterize with a variety of spectroscopic techniques and try to understand by means of computations. Besides doing research, I like to participate in courses and schools to share knowledge and experiences with students from different universities. As a member of the HRSMC PhD platform, I am not only directly involved, but I can also contribute to the great education programme and network the HRSMC offers to young researchers."