SMC represents cultures and nations from all over the world. We utilize our sigificant diversity in scientific know-how to achieve greater results as a team. A nice side product of this diversity is that we have ever-tastier fika! Interested in joining SMC?
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Hemlata Agarwala, Researcher (email)

I did my PhD (2009-2014) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai, India, in the lab of Prof. G. K. Lahiri, where I synthesized novel ruthenium complexes bearing redox active ligands, and studied their valence and spin situations by various techniques like spectro-electrochemistry, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), magnetism (SQUID), etc. along with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. I also studied epoxidation and alcohol oxidation reactions of alkenes using those complexes as catalysts, employing gas chromatography (GC) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) for products detection and quantification. This led to my transition to the European continent from the Indian sub-continent. I have been to three different countries in Europe post PhD, starting from Sweden (at Uppsala University; 2014-2016; Prof. Sascha Ott lab), then Germany (at Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT), Rostock; 2016-2017; Prof. Torsten Beweries lab), followed by France (at College de France, Paris; 2017-2019; Prof. Marc Fontecave lab), and back again to Sweden (same lab as before; Department of Synthetic Molecular Chemistry, Uppsala University) where I am currently employed as a senior researcher (Forskare). During my post-doctoral career, I have worked mainly on renewable energy - electro- and photo-catalytic reduction of CO2 and protons using newly designed and synthesized molecular transition metal complex catalysts. Besides this I have also developed metal complexes which serve as models for the active sites of ribonucleotide reductase (RNR) enzymes to study their structural and functional aspects (in Uppsala), as a part of Röntgen Ångström Cluster (RÅC) in Europe, in collaboration with three labs [Prof. Martin Hogböm (Stockholm University, Sweden), Prof. Michael Haumann (Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany) and Prof. Volker Schünemann (Technische Universität, Kaiserslautern, Germany)]. I gained further experience on studying the fundamental aspects of halogen bonding between pincer complexes and various halogen bond donors, during my stay in Germany. In France I was employed in a project funded by Agence Nationale Recherche (ANR) in collaboration with the labs of Prof. Vincent Artero (CEA, Grenoble) and Prof. Anna Proust (UPMC, Paris), through which I gained familiarity with the chemistry of semiconductor photoelectrodes and polyoxometallates (POMs). As is evident, my post-doctoral time has given me the honor to interact with and learn from many eminent scientists and gain a breadth of knowledge and experience in various fields. I have also become a part of various organizations like the Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis (SweCAP), NordCO2, French GDR (Groupement de Recherche) for solar fuels, and built many collaborations. I have enjoyed mentoring and disseminating my knowledge and experience to, as well as learning from, many undergraduate and graduate students during my entire research career and continue to do so. My philosophy in life is: “Knowledge increases not with self-interest, but through sharing”.

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Anna Arkhypchuk, Researcher (email)
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Anna Beiler, Postdoctoral Scholar (email)
Publications / @AnnaBeiler
Anna M. Beiler joined the Ott lab as postdoctoral fellow in September 2018 with the support of the Olle Engkvist Foundation. Her PhD work at Arizona State University under advisors Gary Moore and Tom Moore examined the functionalization of gallium phosphide with cobalt-based molecular catalysts for solar-driven hydrogen evolution. Currently she is investigating the integration of metal-organic frameworks with semiconductors for photoelectrochemical applications. Outside of the lab, she enjoys taking night trains, mixing cocktails, and entering alternate realities through fiction.
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Eszter Borbas, Associate Professor (email)
Publications
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Ashleigh Castner, PhD Student (email)
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Leandro Cid Gomes, PhD Student (email)
Leandro Cid Gomes spent five years in the oil industry before moving to Sweden to join the Ottosson group as a PhD student supported by the FORMAS and the Swedish Energy Agency. In his PhD work he is developing photosynthetic routes to renewable liquid fuels and lubricant oils. Besides using light for his own reactions, Leandro basks in the long sunny days in the Swedish summer, plays kubb with his friends or use their company to overcome the winter.
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Ouissam El Bakouri, Researcher (email)
Ouissam El Bakouri joined the Ottosson group in March 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundations. His Ph.D. studies at the University of Girona were focused on investigations of the electronic structure, chemical bonding and electron delocalization of organic and inorganic systems. Currently he is involved in quantum chemical calculations of excited state aromaticity and antiaromaticity effects applied to photochemical processes and design of compounds for singlet fission photovoltaics and fluorescence bioimaging. To clear out his mind, you will most probably find him reading worthy stuff or hiking.
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Wanja Gschwind, PhD Student (email)
Wanja Gschwind joined the Ott lab in 2020 to pursue his PhD, investigating the potential of redox active MOFs as photoelectrochemical catalysts for hydrogen evolution and other purposes. Previous to that he conducted his master’s thesis at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in the field of antibiotics research. There he explored the metal dependent substrate promiscuity of the potential antibiotic target DapE. Besides that, Wanja is a bachata and salsa dance teacher. He also enjoys surfing, snowboarding and hiking.
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Kamal Hossain, Postdoctoral Scholar (email)
Publications / CV@hossain_ju
Dr. Hossain received his PhD with Prof. Ebbe Nordlander’s group in Inorganic Chemistry from Department of Chemistry, Lund University, Sweden in 2017 and focused his work on “High Valent Metal Oxo Complexes as Oxidation Catalysts”. During his PhD, he has been involved with various research projects that includes the chemistry of high-valent metal (Mo, W, V, Re) oxo complexes and their multifaceted oxidation chemistry (e.g. olefin epoxidation, sulfoxidation, and haloperoxidation reactions). Dr. Hossain is currently pursuing his post-doctoral research with Dr. Anders Thapper group with the support of the Olle Engkvist Foundation since last October 2019. The project concerns the development of water oxidation catalysts, made from base metals, i.e. cheap and abundant first row transition metals. Besides Dr. Hossain intense curiosity in Chemistry, he enjoys travelling, reading books of fiction, fishing, watching movies and some social work.
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Andrew Howe, PhD Student (email)
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Ben Johnson, Researcher (email)
Publications@Drbenjohnsoniii
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Salauat Kiraev, PhD Student (email)
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Dániel Kócsi, PhD Student (email)
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Maxime Laurans, Researcher (email)
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Timofey Liseev, PhD Student (email)
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Brian McCarthy, Researcher (email)
Publications / @chemdavis
Born in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA, Brian did undergraduate work on MOFs with Mircea Dincă at MIT and his PhD work on electrocatalysis and proton coupled electron transfer with Jillian Dempsey at UNC Chapel Hill. He is currently a researcher in the Ott laboratory focusing on the development of redox active MOF thin films. In his spare time Brian reads sci-fi and history, plots D&D campaigns, and is easily distracted by birds.
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Andreas Orthaber, Associate Professor (email)
Publications@OrthaberLab
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Sascha Ott, Professor (email)
Publications / @OttLaboratory
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Henrik Ottosson, Associate Professor (email)
@OttossonGroup
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Nathalie Vedin Proos, PhD Student (email)
Originally from the south of Sweden, Nathalie Proos Vedin moved to Uppsala in 2012 for her undergraduate studies. After having earned her MSc degree in theoretical and computational chemistry, she joined the Ottosson group for her PhD studies. Her research focuses on the excited state (anti)aromaticity concept and photoreactivity. In her spare time, Nathalie enjoys dancing and reading fantasy novels. Additionally, colourful lights and ice cream are two things that make her unreasonably happy.
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Anup Rana, Researcher (email)
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Holly Redman, PhD Student (email)
@Holly_J_Redman
Holly completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Sheffield, UK in 2017. During her time at the University of Sheffield she completed a year in industry as a Process Research Praktikant at Bayer CropScience AB in Frankfurt-Höchst, Germany, and a Master's project in the group of Professor Julia Weinstein on platinum based charge separation complexes with potential relevance to artificial photosynthesis. Holly chose to come to UU for her PhD studies to pursue research in artificial photosynthesis and synthetic inorganic chemistry. Holly is a student in the group of Gustav Berggren, and works predominantly in the synthetic labs making air and water sensitive diiron-hydrogenase mimics for H2 production, studying them by electrochemistry and FTIR, and looking after our beloved glovebox. In her spare time, Holly will be found baking, cooking, and rowing along the Fyris (weather permitting).
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Ludovico Riccardi, PhD Student (email)
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Nina F. Suremann, PhD Student (email)
Nina F. Suremann from Switzerland, did her MSc degree in the group of Roger Alberto at the University of Zurich. Her work focused on the development of a mixed-aromatic ring sandwich complex library starting from a fulvene-benzene-type Rhenium complex and a variety of nucleophiles. In June 2020 she joined the Ott group as a PhD student to investigate electrocatalytic applications of metal-organic frameworks. Outside the university, she likes to spend time reading good fantasy books and exploring lovely spots in the nature by bike.
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Anders Thapper, Associate Professor (email)
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Monika Tomar, PhD Student (email)
I am from Delhi, INDIA. I am Pharmacist before Chemist as I have a bachelors in Pharmacy from DIPSAR and Masters in Process Chemistry from NIPER, Mohali, INDIA in 2018. I was involved in Radical Chemistry for the Synthesis of Quinazoline and Azafluorenone. Also, I worked for a year in ´Integral Biosciences Pvt. Ltd´ for the synthesis of Anticancer Drugs. I have joined Borbas group as a PhD in September 2020. Currently, I am working on ´Photocatalytic Reactions catalyzed by Lanthanide complexes´.
I enjoy spending my spare time making Art and Crafts work, Always ready to play Volleyball and If you love F.R.I.E.N.D.S, then I already like you.
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Tran Thi Thuan, PhD Student (email)
I am from Phu Yen, Vietnam. I earned my bachelor from Ho Chi Minh City University of Education. After that, I continued my master at Ecole Polytechnique, France with the focus on radical reaction under the supervision of Prof. Samir Zard and titanium-mediated cascade for the synthesis of substituted pyrrolidines from suitable thioamides with Dr. Yvan Six. I have joined in Ott group as a PhD student in October 2020 and work in the field of new silicon-based reductive cross-coupling reaction of carbonyls. Outside the university, I enjoy my life by cooking, reading books, and exploring nature.
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Rahel Weißer, Visiting Student (email)
Rahel Weißer from Germany is a master's student at the University of Freiburg. She completed her BSc degree in Philipp Kurz's group on the synthesis and characterization of tin-porphyrinoids for the photocatalytic hydrogen production from water. Since October 2020 she started her research internship in the Thapper group to investigate new molecular catalysts made from base metals for water oxidation. In her free time, she spends a lot of time in beautiful nature, plays the saxophone and piano and does her best as a firefighter.
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Jordann Wells, Visiting Researcher (email)
Publications@wellsjal
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Jiajie Yan, Postdoctoral Scholar (email)
Publications
Jiajie Yan finished his PhD studies in organic chemistry at Uppsala University with Lars Engman (emeritus), studying regenerable organochalcogen antioxidants. Then, he continuted his postdoc in David Procter group at University of Manchester, UK, working on synthetic methodologies based on Pummerer Chemistry. He is currently investigating synthetic photochemical applications of the excited state (anti)aromaticity concept with Henrik Ottosson. In the spare time, he spends a lot of time reading books, listening to e-fictions, gardening, and exploring Nature.
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Last modified: 2021-01-20