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Meet the members of the PhD Platform

Mariana Cecilio de Oliveira Monteiro

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. '

Phebe van Langevelde
Phebe van Langevelde

Phebe van Langevelde

 Since August 2020 I'm a PhD student in the group of Dr. Dennis Hetterscheid, part of the Metals in Catalysis, Biomimetics, and Inorganic Chemistry (MCBIM) and Catalysis and Surface Chemistry (CASC) groups at Leiden University. My PhD focusses on optimising the electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide. To do so, I make use of copper-based complexes that can catalyse the reduction of oxygen and I analyse their activity by various electrochemical techniques. 
I think that the schools, courses and other activities offered by the HRSMC are a great initiative to improve your academic knowledge. By joining the PhD platform, I'm happy that I can contribute to further improving the HRSMC PhD program. Besides that, the PhD platform offers a great opportunity to connect to other young researchers from different universities.”

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Matteo Faltracco

Matteo Faltracco

“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.”

Sander Lemmens
Sander Lemmens

Sander Lemmens

"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)."

Celine Nieuwland
Celine Nieuwland

Celine Nieuwland

I started in January 2020 as a PhD candidate in the groups of Prof. Dr. Célia Fonseca Guerra and Prof. Dr. F. Matthias Bickelhaupt at VU Amsterdam. My research focuses on the understanding of (non-)covalent interactions in hydrogen-bonded systems by quantum chemical computations, varying from supramolecular polymers to DNA, and involves collaborations with experimentalists. As a PhD student I think it important to keep networking, learning and developing in new fields. As a member of the HRSMC PhD platform I can help realising this by contributing to the great programme that the HRSMC offers to PhD students.

Eva Meeus
Eva Meeus

"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."