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Laura Abad Galan co-supervised with Max Massi, Curtin University

PhD (MSc, Complutense University of Madrid – 2014)

Luminescent Organometallic/Lanthanide Materials

Laura is from Segovia, a little city near Madrid (Spain). She obtained her Master degree in Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid. Her research project was based on the construction of molecular chains using dimetallic tetracarboxylates and tetraamidates. She also spent a period of 6 months in Granada (Spain), working on new homo- and heteronuclear molecular materials based on coordination compounds containing oxalate and carboxylates bridges. She has now commenced her PHD studies focusing on luminescent metal complexes under the supervision of Dr Max Massi at Curtin University (Australia) and Dr Eli Zysman-Colman at the University of St Andrews (Scotland). In her free time she likes go out, practice sports and also cook!

Dongyang Chen

PhD (MSc, Chinese Academy of Science – 2016)

TADF Emitter Design

Dongyang comes from a small town in south China. He obtained his Bachelor of science degree at Beijing Institute of Technology in June, 2013. He participated in a research project in his junior year, which focused on the synthesis of polymers exhibiting Aggregation Induced Emission (AIE) and their application for bio-macromolecule monitoring. From 2013 to 2016, he went to Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science for his MastersÕ degree. His Masters project focused on the design, synthesis, and application of Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) emitters. The TADF emitters he has synthesized have been utilized for high efficient blue, green, and red OLED devices. His passion for OLEDs and TADF emitters led him to St Andrews where he will continue his research on OLEDs and TADF emitters as a CSC Scholar. In his leisure time, he likes jogging, travelling and cooking.

Dr Graeme Copley

PDRA (PhD, University of Newcastle – 2010)

TADF Emitter Design

Graeme hails from a small village called Bailiff Bridge, which is located 15 miles south west of the city of Leeds, UK. He received his MChem degree from Newcastle University in 2006. His doctoral work (2006-2009) under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Benniston and Prof. Anthony Harriman (Newcastle University UK) was concerned with the synthesis and characterization of bio-inspired molecular dyads for the study of electron and energy transfer processes. Following his PhD, Graeme has carried out postdoctoral research in the USA (Prof. Devens Gust, Arizona State University) and Japan (Prof. Atsuhiro Osuka, Kyoto University). His work at ASU was primarily concerned with photochromic materials. His work at Kyoto University focused on the development of sub-porphyrin-based molecular sensitizers for use in DSSCs. Graeme is now working on the design and synthesis of novel TADF emitters for use in next-generation OLED devices and LEECs. In his spare time, Graeme likes cooking, travelling and hiking.

Lucie Delforce

Master II (Ecole National Superieure de Chimie de Lille – 2017)

Supramolecular Assembly

Lucie comes from Lille, a town situated in Northern France. She entered ENSCL in 2014, a French school of chemistry and engineering chemistry, and completed her BSc in 2017. She is now joining the team for a three-month placement to study the supramolecular assemnbly of luminescent materials. During her spare time, Lucie likes practicing judo, playing video games and knitting

David Hall

PhD (MChem, University of Durham – 2016)

TADF Emitter Design

David is from a small village near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire England. He completed an MChem at Durham University, where his masters project involved the synthesis of new donor acceptor molecules that emit via a TADF mechanism in order to gain a better understanding of how they work. In his free time David enjoys cooking, playing golf and walking.

Adam Henwood

PhD (MChem, University of Durham – 2013)

Photoredox Catalysis

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.

Claus Hierlinger co-tutelle with Véronique Guerchais, Université de Rennes 1

PhD (MSc, University of Stuttgart and the University of Strasbourg – 2014)

Design of Luminescent Iridium and Platinum Complexes

Born in the south-west of Germany, Claus went to school in Bšblingen in a town close to Stuttgart, Germany. After having received the university entrance diploma in 2008 he worked for 9 months in a charity supermarket selling collected food to socially disadvantaged people. He joined the University of Stuttgart in 2009 starting his BSc. From 2011 to 2013 he went to the University of Strasbourg, France studying at the engineering school ECPM to finish his BSc and to start his MSc. After an internship at Janssen Pharmaceutica in Beerse, Belgium in the organic chemistry department, he finished his MSc in the inorganic department at the University of Stuttgart in the research group of Prof. Dr. W. Kaim, receiving the Franco-German Double Master. His Masters thesis described the coordination chemistry of redox-active ligands to transition meal complexes. In October 2014 he joined the group for a PhD in collaboration with Veronique Guerchais at the University of Rennes, France (co-tutelle). In his free time Claus likes to play and watch football, to go to the cinema and to go skiing.

Bryony Hockin co-supervised with Neil Robertson, University of Edinburgh

PhD (MChem, University of Durham – 2016)

Photoredox Catalysis

Bryony is from Lewes, a small town near Brighton, which first sparked her interest in chemistry with its fantastic annual firework displays. She obtained her MChem from the University of Durham in 2016; not content with how far away this was from home, she has now moved even further away to St Andrews to study for a PhD on the CRITICAT CDT program. Her masters project was on the synthesis and physical organic properties of novel stable Blatter radicals, although she became interested in photoredox catalysis when writing her third year dissertation on the subject. In her free time she enjoys hiking, photography and blogging.

Dr Shiv Kumar

PDRA (PhD, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore – 2016)

TADF Emitter Design

Shiv is from Delhi, the capital of India. He completed his BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from Kirorimal College, University of Delhi in 2008 and moved to Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for an Integrated PhD (MSc + PhD) degree (2008-2016) in Chemical Sciences. His PhD thesis title is ÒFluoranthene Based Materials for Non-Doped Blue Organic Light-Emitting DiodesÓ. After his PhD, he shortly worked as a Project Scientist in SAMTEL Centre for Large Area Display Technologies (SCDT), adjunct with National Centre for Flexible Electronics (NCFLEXE) at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, and later he joined as a National Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Chemical Engineering in same institute. He is the recipient of a DST-INSPIRE Faculty award, but his passion in solid-state lighting with TADF photoluminescent materials has brought him to the University of St Andrews, UK as a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In his free time, he likes traveling, walking, cycling, driving and sitcoms. So far he has cooked chemicals in the lab, but recently he started learning real cooking in the kitchen.

Chenfei Li

PhD (MSc, University of Durham – 2016)

Photoredox Catalysis

Born in the historical Chinese city, Nanjing, Chenfei obtained his Bachelor degree at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications where he studied organic semiconductors. His MSc project dealt with the synthesis and photophysics of novel iridium complexes. He joined the group in February 2016 with the aim to further study chemistry and photophysics of organometallic complexes. During leisure time, Chenfei plays the piano, basketball and table tennis. He is also willing to try any other kinds of sports.

Diego Rota Martir

PhD (MSc, University of Milano-Bicocca – 2014)

Luminescent Iridium Complexes for Solid-State Lighting

Diego comes from Bergamo, a small city situated in the north of Italy. He completed his BSc and MSc (Cum Laude) in Chemical Sciences from the University of Milano-Bicocca. During his MSc he studied for one year at the University of Valencia (Spain) as an Erasmus student and he spent 8 months in Dublin (Ireland) working for his MSc final project at Dublin City University. His BSc final project was carried out at the MIB-Solar Center of the University of Milano-Bicocca and it focused on the synthesis of new photosensitizers for DSSC cells while his MSc project focused on the synthesis, photochemistry and electrochemistry of novel Bodipy complexes. From March to August, 2014 Diego had a research position working as a chemist at the Italian Institute of Technology @NEST, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy). The research project was focused on nanotechnology innovation for in vivo drug delivery applications, cellular imaging and MRI spectroscopy. His passion for electronics and luminescent materials brought him to St. Andrews to work on new organometallic luminophores for solid-state lighting. In his free time Diego likes travel, play soccer and go to the mountains.

Ana Neferu co-supervised with Malte Gather, University of St Andrews

PhD (MSc, UNC Chapel Hill, – 2015)

OLEDs with TADF Emitters

Ana grew up in Dragasani, Romania, a town well-known for its good wine. She graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Richmond and got her MS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both in the United States. Then Ana decided to come closer to home, to St. Andrews, starting in September 2016 as a joint PhD student between the Zysman-Colman group in Chemistry and Gather group in Physics, working on designing iridium complexes and TADF materials to control their orientation in OLED thin films. In her spare time, Ana likes surfing the internet, hiking, cycling, and cooking.

Dr Amlan Pal

PDRA (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.

Dr Rajamalli Pachai Gounder

PDRA (PhD, IIT Madras – 2012)

TADF Emitter Design

Rajamalli is from a small village called Sindipattu, 150 km away from Chennai, India. She completed her B.Sc and M.Sc in Chemistry from the University of Madras and Bharathiar University, respectively. After her M.Sc, she worked in Worked as an analytical chemist in R&D (Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Limited, India). She joined the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India to pursue her PhD in Chemistry. After her PhD, she moved National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan to gain post-doc research experience, there she was involved in the TADF based OLED developments. Her passion for TADF emitters has brought her to St Andrews to work on TADF emitter developments and device fabrication. In her free time Rajamalli likes travelling, cooking and watching movies.

Nidhi Sharma co-supervised with Ifor Samuel, University of St Andrews

PhD (MSc, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore – 2015)

OLEDs with TADF Emitters

Nidhi comes from Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, a small state situated in the north of India. She completed her BSc (Hons) in chemistry from Panjab University Chandigarh, India. Nidhi then moved to Bangalore to undertake MSc degree at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. Her Masters project was to design synthesize and characterize materials that emit via thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF). Her passion for luminescent materials has brought her to St. Andrews to work on new TADF emitters and finally to fabricate Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) using these emitters. In her free time, Nidhi likes travelling, shopping and sometimes cooking!

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.

Jiyu Tian co-supervised with Finlay Morrison, University of St Andrews

PhD (BSc, Fudan University – 2016)

Ferroelectric Inorganic-organic Hybrid Perovskites

Jiyu was born in Hunan, a central province in China. He obtained his BSc in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering at Fudan University, China. He started his PhD studies under the co-supervision of Dr Finlay Morrison and Dr Eli Zysman-Colman in Sept. 2016. He is now working on ferroelectric perovskites and their application in light-emitting diodes, solar cells and photodetectors. He is funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, badminton & tennis. He likes to go to gym as well.

Michael Yin Wong

PhD (MSc, Hong Kong Baptist University – 2013)

Supramolecular Luminescent Materials

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.

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