"In July 2020 I started my PhD in the Catalysis and Surface Chemistry (CASC) group of Prof. Marc Koper at Leiden University. My research focusses on the effects of temperature and pressure on the electrochemical CO2 reduction towards longer carbon chains. As a PhD student it is important to get to know young researchers from other universities, gain new skills, and get insights from other fields and other students. The HRSMC provides these opportunities. Joining the PhD platform gives me a way to help organizing and improving the quality of the activities organized for PhD students. "
“ 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.”
"In November 2022 I started my PhD in the group of Sander Wezenberg at Leiden University.
My research focuses on studying phototunable conductivity in polymer hydrogels.
HRSMC provides a great platform to gain academic knowledge and learn from young researches from other universities. I’m excited to join the PhD platform and contribute to the social events and workshops that HRSMC holds."
“ In February 2023 I started my PhD in the group of prof. dr. Tom Grossmann (VU Amsterdam). During my PhD I will focus on the synthesis of peptide-derived molecules and on protein engineering. One of the goals is to use biocompatible reactions for the selective functionalization of unprotected peptides and proteins. I am very excited to be a member of the PhD platform in which I would like to actively contribute to the academic programme and workshops the HRSMC offers. I also look forward to meet and collaborate with fellow PhD students.”
“ Starting in 2022 I am a PhD student in the TheoCheM group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Under the supervision of dr. Trevor. A. Hamlin and prof. dr. F. Matthias Bickelhaupt, I research the application of machine learning/AI techniques to understanding organic reactions in the context of density functional theoretical calculations. My research will hopefully lead to a “smart” toolbox that can be used by both experimental and theoretical chemists. To aid in the needs of various types of chemists I believe that collaboration is essential and platforms such as the HRSMC PhD platform are invaluable for these purposes. I am more than happy to be able to contribute and help improve the platform and bring young scientists together.”
"In January 2023, I started my PhD at the Chris Slootweg Research Collective (Universiteit van Amsterdam). My project is focused on finding novel ways to store hydrogen in certain boron salts, particularly sodium borohydride. Although research is my main joy, I also thrive by teaching fellow students and socializing with colleagues and peers. I believe that an important part of a person's doctoral research is the connections you create and the friends you meet. Through the PhD platform, I hope to facilitate events where PhD students can establish these connections and friends and finish their projects with more than just a doctorate."
“Since April 2023, I began my journey as a PhD candidate in the Noël Research Group within the MSCA-ITN for microprocess engineering for electrosynthesis (MiEl). My research focuses on combining electrochemistry and continuous microflow conditions to forge new organic compounds. While electrochemistry allows for cutting the need for chemical oxidants and use electrons as reagents to foster one electron reactivites, continuous flow methodology allows to reduce the inter-electrode gap, better surface to volume ratio and easier scalability of the process.
A PhD experience is about scientific growth just as it is about personal development. Therefore, it is highly important to create platforms for researchers to meet, learn and also share the hurdles they face. Whether the challenges are about science or about life, as a community we all face them so let’s come together and try to solve them!”