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Boyi Song

MPhil (BSc, Shanghai University – 2014)

Supramolecular Luminescent Materials

Boyi was born in Henan, China. He obtained his Bachelor degree from Shanghai University after four-year study of Applied Chemistry. He is interested in synthesizing molecules with similar structures and measuring their properties. He is going to focus on luminescent complexes based on Ir (III). In his free time, he prefers cooking and playing computer games. Sometimes, he goes for a short trip as well.

Boyi is currently doing a PhD at the University of New South Wales in the group of Dr. Jonathan Beves.

Dr Amlan Pal

Posdoctoral Fellow (PhD, University of Montreal – 2015)

Blue-emitting Iridium Complexes

Amlan is from a small city called Narayanpur, 30 km away from Calcutta, India. He completed his BSc and MSc in Chemistry from the University of Burdwan and Indian Institute of Technology Madras, respectively. His MSc project involved catalysis of organic transformation reactions by coordination complexes of Mo(VI). After his M.Sc, Amlan moved to the beautiful city of Montreal, Canada in order to pursue his Ph.D in Chemistry. In the ÔGreen Energy GroupÕ of Prof. Garry Hanan, his Ph.D project involved synthesis and characterization of d6 metal complexes of bidentate and tridentate Ôsuper donorÕ ligands. The interest in solid-state lighting with photoluminescent materials has brought Amlan to the University of St Andrews, UK as a postdoctoral research fellow. In his free time Amlan likes music, playing cricket and watching movies.

Amlan is currently a Leverhulme Trust Fellow at the University of St Andrews.

Michael Yin Wong

PhD (2017)

TADF Emitter Design

Michael was born in Hong Kong. He obtained my undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Masters degree from Hong Kong Baptist University. Michael is interested in synthesizing novel small molecules, complexes, oligomers or polymers for advanced materials applications. He will be working on Iridium (III) and Platinum (II) complexes for his PhD degree. In his spare time, Michael likes watching movies and going to coffee shops and browsing the Internet.

Creating Novel Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) Emitters For Light-Emitting Electrochemical Cells (LEECs) and Organic LightEmitting Diodes (OLEDs) Applications And Their Structure-Property Relationship - Thesis Presently Embargoed

Michael is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Michael Brook's group at McMaster University (Canada).

Adam Henwood

PhD (MChem, University of Durham – 2013)

Study of Luminescent Complexes

Originally born in South Africa, Adam completed his high school studies in the Isle of Man, before undertaking an MChem at Durham University. His masters project in the synthesis and photophysical study of novel platinum complexes led to his desire to work in the field of luminescent materials, bringing him to St. Andrews to work on iridium complexes. He has a passion for cricket that far exceeds his abilities, while he also likes to read, cycle and cook in his spare time.

Tuning the Physical and Optoelectronic Properties of Phosphorescent Iridium(III) Complexes: Applications to Organic Semiconductor Devices - Thesis Presently Embargoed

Adam is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson's group at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

Hannah Bosch


Luminescent Iridium NHC Complexes

Hannah is from FŸrth, which is a 2h drive north from Munich, Germany. Before coming to St. Andrews for the Master degree, she studied Chemistry in Germany. Hannah is interested in different Iridium-NHC complexes and their luminescence properties, which is the object of her dissertation. In her free time she enjoys ballroom dancing, reading and since coming to St. Andrews also playing Waterpolo.

Hannah is currently doing a PhD in Germany.

Ben Armitage co-supervised with Malte Gather, SUPA School of Physics, University of St Andrews

Optimizing Outcoupling in OLEDs

Ben hails from Huddersfield, a Yorkshire town near Leeds. Having had to leave A-level study early due to personal circumstances he spent a few years in the wilderness working in various jobs from flipping burgers to working for a government agency as a civil servant. In 2010, he returned to Higher Education, culminating in MChem degree from the University of Huddersfield in 2015. His research project there was on designing and testing a new synthetic route to highly substituted 2-naphthols for use in the colorant industry. He also completed a placement year under the supervision of Prof. Craig Rice working on a variety of supramolecular architectures, particularly multi-nuclear circular helicates. In his spare time he enjoys watching and participating in most sports, particularly football, and riding and restoring old motorcycles.

Ben is currently helping to run the family business.

Mark Huyton

Photoredox Catalysis

Mark originally comes from the pie-eating town of Wigan, where he went to school and college. He moved to Liverpool to undertake an MChem degree at The University of Liverpool, which ignited his passion for organic chemistry. This was further developed during his masters project on short flexible syntheses of alpha-amino, beta-hydroxy acids by dynamic kinetic resolution, under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Stachulski. Mark is a keen sportsman, and in his spare time enjoys playing/watching cricket, football, golf (and anything that involves whacking a ball around a field!)

Mark is currently completing a postgraduate degree in teaching.

Dr. Nail Shavaleev

Research Scientist

New Emitters for OLEDs

Nail comes from Ufa, Russia. He graduated from the Bashkir State University with a 'Diplom' degree and from the Russian Academy of Sciences (Ufa Scientific Center) with a 'Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Physical Chemistry' degree. He did industrial research at the oil company 'YUKOS' (now part of 'ROSNEFT') and academic research at the Universities of Bristol, California (Berkeley), Nottingham, and Sheffield, and at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Nail is interested in synthesis and application of redox-active, light-harvesting and light-emitting organic materials and inorganic and organometallic complexes of d- and f-metals. In his free time Nail likes to travel.

Nail is back in Russia.

Dr. Kamrul Hasan


Design of Luminescent Iridium Complexes

Kamrul was born in a small town named Kishoregonj, located at the middle part of Bangladesh. He completed his B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc in Chemistry from the Jahangirnagar University. He conducted his masters research with Prof. Syed Safiullah on Environmental Chemistry specifically in the development of filter materials for the removal arsenic from ground water. After his masters, he worked at the Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) as a research fellow for one year. Then, he joined as a Chemistry Lecturer at the Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET) of Bangladesh. After enjoying around three years of undergraduate teaching, he decided to undertake his Ph.D. studies and started his Ph.D. in 2007 at the Centre for Green Chemistry & Catalysis at Memorial University, Newfoundland under the supervision of Prof. Chris Kozak. During his Ph.D., he designed iron catalysts supported by amine-bis(phenol) ligands for the epoxidation of olefins and for C-C cross-coupling. Kamrul is currently working on iridium based luminescent materials. Aside from chemistry, he likes to spend his time watching cricket, playing badminton, reading novels and travelling with his family.

Kamrul is an Assistant Professor of Organometallic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry of University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Sébastien Ladouceur - FQRNT doctoral scholar

PhD (2013)

Design of iridium-based luminophores for LEEC applications

Sébastien arrived in Sherbrooke from the city of Laval, Québec and finished up his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at UdeS. During his BSc, he completed stages in the fields of sugar chemistry and analytical chemistry. Currently, Sébastien has veered into the world of luminescent materials for his PhD where he is pursuing research in new phosphorescent iridium complexes for application in visual displays and solar cells. With his spare time, Sébastien loves to hike, read eat sushi and listen to Québecois music.

Développement de luminophores à base de complexes d'iridium (III) et optimisation de leurs propriétés comme matériaux fonctionnels

Sébastien is currently a research scientist at the Institut de Recherche d’Hydro-Québec, energy storage and conversion division.

Dr. Martina Sandroni


Martina was born in Torino, Italy. She attended the University of Torino where she obtained her degree in chemistry, and developed an increasing interest in the light-molecule interactions, which resulted into two internships related to the synthesis of organic dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells and the synthesis of iridium and ruthenium complexes for electrode functionalization. After her MSc degree, she decided to go to France to start a PhD at the University of Nantes in Dr. Odobel’s group. Her PhD thesis focussed on the synthesis and characterization of heteroleptic copper(I) complexes for solar energy conversion. Currently, Martina works on the study of the properties affecting the efficiency of photocatalysts based on transition metal complexes. In her spare time she likes travelling, dancing flamenco and listening to concerts.

Martina is currently a PDF with Dominique Mandon at the Laboratoire de Chimie, Electrochimie Moléculaires et,Chimie Analytique, UMR CNRS 6521, Université de Bretagne Occidentale.

Loïc Donato

PhD (ongoing)

Design of Luminescent Multinuclear Iridium Complexes

Loïc is a froggy from the far eastern part of France and wanted to be a chemist from as far as he can remember. Moreover, he wanted to become an organic chemist. He spent three years at Université Clermont-Ferrand, in the center of France (even French people don’t know exactly where it is), where he obtained his M.Sc. and discovered a real interest for research. That’s why, after a year of research in his hometown of Strasbourg, he decided to do a PhD. Thus, as he always worked on photosensitive products, Loïc will go on and work on luminescent iridium complexes. Nevertheless, his actual passion is music and in particular playing drums, guitar, bass and a little bit of piano. He also likes to play sports such as rugby and basketball.

Loïc is currently a PhD student with Luisa De Cola at the ISIS, Université de Strasbourg.

Sloane Evariste

PhD (ongoing)

Design of Iridium Dyes for DSSCs

Born in Guadeloupe (French West Indies), Sloane decided to leave the island after her high school diploma to study at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Université de Strasbourg, France. She then decided to do her Bachelor’s degree in life sciences at Paris 7, specializing in chemistry. She then obtained her Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry. Her passion for research was born while conducting different laboratory interships. Fascinated by traveling, she always wanted to live abroad, and Sherbrooke has seemed to be the best place to combine PhD and discovery. She enjoys reading, going to the cinema and the gym to unwind.

Sloane is currently a PhD student with Cristophe Lescop at the Université de Rennes I.

Clarisse Tourbillon

PhD (ongoing)

Development of Luminescent Supramolecular Assemblies

Clarisse was born in Fort-de-France in Martinique (France). When she obtained her school diploma, she decided to do preparatory classes where she took a fancy to chemistry. She decided to leave her island to do her Master's degree at the Université de Strasbourg, France. Once obtained, she wanted to continue with a PhD. So, when she had the opportunity to do her PhD at Université de Sherbrooke, she didn't hesitate. Besides chemistry, Clarisse likes ballroom dancing (salsa, zouk, waltz, rock, bachata, chacha ...), to play sports and to bake cakes.

Clarisse is currently a PhD student with Fabien Miomandre at the ENS Cachan.

Ahmed M. Soliman

MSc (2012)

Designing heterometallic polymers for WOLED applications

Ahmed was born in the United Arab Emirates but has lived most of his life in Egypt. He graduated from the faculty of pharmacy at Cairo University and finished pre-masters courses in pharmaceutical chemistry from the same university. Ahmed's affinity for scientific subjects comes from his parents: his father, who is a pediatrician, and his mother, who is a chemist. Currently Ahmed has veered into the world of synthetic chemistry with an interest in organometallic polymers for application as WOLEDs (white organic light-emitting diodes). Aside from chemistry, Ahmed likes practicing drums and jamming with his bandmates, listening to different genres of rock music, reading and working out twice per week.

The Synthesis and the Photophysical Properties of New Heterometallic Platinum(II)-Iridium(III) Complexes and their Polymers

Moez is currently a PhD student with Karine Auclair at McGill University.

Etienne Levert

MSc (2012)
co-supervised with Armand Soldera

Understanding the interplay between structure and properties of chiral liquid crystals

Etienne was born in the city of Sherbrooke in the Eastern Townships. He went back to high school at the age of 19 after five years off and obtained his degree in less than a year. Afterwards he went to Cégèp de Sherbrooke for a college diploma in Pure and Applied Sciences where he started his crush on chemistry. After a one year break he decided to enroll for a bachelosr degree in chemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke where he had the opportunity to complete several internships. He first worked in the laboratory of Pr. Armand Soldera on liquid crystals designed for non-linear optics. Then he went twice to Connecticut to work at Pfizer Global Research and Development on ligand design for palladium cross-coupling using Suzuki-Miyaura coupling as a benchmark reaction. His internships at Pfizer were directed to the optimization of two novel synthesic routes for AtorVastatin (Lipitor). At the end of his degree he became interested in beer brewing and decided to try an internship at Siboire, a micro brewery in Sherbrooke where he became an assistant brewer. Since that summer he is an active member of SherBroue, a group of students working on the brewing process at Université de Sherbrooke where he was the master brewer in the fall of 2009. Today Etienne is working on liquid crystal synthesis. His work consists aims to develop a more intimate understanding of how minor modifications in structure affect the stability of the smectic C phase.

Influence de la structure moléeculaire sur les propriétés mésogèeniques et les transitions de phases de mélanges de cristaux liquides smectrogènes

Etienne is currently a PhD student with Armand Soldera at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Gabriel St-Pierre

MSc (2011)

Designing hemicage and bis(hemicage) complexes

Gabriel was born near Granby, Québec, but eventually moved further east to St-Bonaventure, near Drummondville. After completing CEGEP in Pure Sciences at Drummondville, where he first developed a passion for organic chemistry, he moved on to UdeS where he completed his bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical chemistry. Gabriel is currently working on the synthesis of new bis(hemicages) and their metal complexes for his MSc. While not in the lab, Gabriel loves to get out into the countryside and enjoy Nature.

Synthèse et étude des ligands hémicages et de leurs complexes. Progrès vers la synthèse de bis(hémicages) portant une architecture cyclophane

Gabriel is currently working at Belisle Solution Nutrition.

Lisa Lamouline

MSc (2011)
co-supervised with Armand Soldera

Designing chiral liquid crystals exhibiting non-linear optical properties

Lisa was born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richlieu, on the south shore of Montréal. After completing her DEC in Natural Science, she discovered the city of Sherbrooke and its chemistry department. During her BSc, Lisa completed 4 internships in organic chemitry at Saint-Jean Photochimie (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc), AstraZeneca (Montréal, Qc) and Eisai (Massachusetts, USA). Lisa's MSc projets consist of the development of new materials for liquid crystals and working on new phosphorescent iridium complexes for application in visual display technology. Lisa likes to travel, to cook for more than 6 people and to have good conversation over a glass of good Pinot Noir.

Synthèse organique et caractérisation physico-chimique de cristaux liquides ferroélectriques conçus pour l'optique non linéaire

Lisa is currently working at Sorinco.

Other Graduate Students
Céline Denis (03/2011 - 12/2011)
Xiaorong Wang (09/2011 - 12/2011)
Maxime Mercier (01/2008 - 04/2009)

Internship/Visiting Students:
Mattia Fontani (01/2017-04/2017) - visiting student from Dominique Roberto's group, University of Milan
Lucie Delforce (06/2017-08/2017) - ERASMUS student
Adrien Soloy (06/2016-08/2016) - ERASMUS student
Marie Jaricot (06/2016-08/2016) - ERASMUS student
William Skinner (06/2016-08/2016)
- Laidlaw summer student Frauke Schibilla (06/2016-07/2016)
Antonella Pizzolante (01/2016-06/2016) - ERASMUS scholarship
Mattia Averardi (02/2015-02/2016) - Toso-Montanari foundation scholarship
Eire de Julian (07/2015-10/2015) - Short Stay Severo Ochoa fellowship
Aaron Caruthers (06/2015-07/2015) - Nuffield student
Francesca Fiorentini (07/2015-08/2015) - Nuffield student
Caitlin Duffy (07/2014-08/2014)
Oliver Hayes (06/2014-08/2014) - EPSRC summer student
Mégane Morin (06/2015-08/2015)
Mathilde Nigon (06/2015-08/2015) - ERASMUS student
James Webster (06/2014-08/2014) - EPSRC summer student
Luna Guo (06/2014 - 08/2014) - MSc student in Computer Science
Vincent Di Mascio (06/2014 - 08/2014) - ERASMUS student
Isabell Lehmann (06/2014 - 09/2014) - IASTE student
Connor Thomson (06/2014-08/2014)
Benjamin Yakubu (06/2014-09/2014)
Joanna Prentis (09/2013 - 12/2013)

Constance Eve (05/2012 - 09/2012)
Victor Crivianu-Gaita (05/2012 - 09/2012) - NSERC USRA scholar
Mathieu Racine (05/2011 - 09/2012)
Philippe Abel (04/2011 - 06/2012)
Shawn Gallagher-Duval (05/2011 - 09/2011) - NSERC USRA scholar
Maxime Romain (02/2011 - 06/2011)
Kim Proulx (05/2010 - 09/2010) - NSERC USRA scholar
Anisa Braïki(05/2010 - 07/2010) - Explo'RA Sup scholar
Gabrielle St-Pierre (05/2009 - 04/2010)
Simon H. Drouin (05/2009 - 09/2009)
Alexandre Romanens (05/2008 - 09/2008)

Honours Project Students:
Adrian Felaar (09/2016 - 04/2017)
Eden Portman (09/2016 - 04/2017)
Amber Rigg (09/2016 - 04/2017)
Ben Wharton (09/2016 - 04/2017)
Daniel Anton Garcia (09/2015 - 04/2016)
Finlay Duncan (09/2015 - 04/2016)
Said Said (09/2015 - 04/2016)
Meg Waddell (09/2015 - 04/2016)
Fiona Dickson (09/2014 - 04/2015)
Christopher Wilkins (09/2014 - 04/2015)
Weiwei Zheng (09/2014 - 04/2015)
Martin Donaldson (09/2013 - 04/2014)
Sarah Flook (09/2013 - 04/2014)
Cameron OÕBrien (09/2013 - 04/2014)
Bec Spricer (09/2013 - 04/2014)

François Mathieu (09/2009 - 12/2009)
Lisa Lamouline (09/2008 - 12/2008)
Nadine Borduas (09/2008 - 12/2008)
Olivier Hirwa (09/2008 - 12/2008)
Marie-Michèle Cournoyer (09/2008 - 12/2008) - co-supervised with Claude Spino
Sébastien Ladouceur (09/2007 - 12/2007)
Maxime Mercier (09/2007 - 12/2007)
Gabriel St-Pierre (09/2007 - 12/2007)
Sophie Schwabl (09/2007 - 12/2007)
David Doyon (09/2007 - 12/2007)

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