The Feringa group

Group leader

Prof.dr. Ben L. Feringa
(Jacobus van't Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences)
Prof. Ben L. Feringa obtained his PhD. at the University of Groningen, where he was appointed full professor in 1988, after working as research scientist for Shell. Under his guidance the Feringa group has developed extensive expertise in the fields of organic chemistry, nanotechnology, asymmetric catalysis. His discovery of the molecular motor ranks highly among the many discoveries made over the years.

Technical support

Ing. Wim Kruizinga
Wim Kruizinga obtained his Bsc in Analytical and Organic Chemistry at the HLO in Groningen. After working as a research-analyst for Zuiveringsschap Drenthe he started working in 1976 at the University of Groningen in the group of Prof. Dick Kellogg . Wim started as researcher in synthetic organic chemistry and moved in 1986 to NMR spectroscopy. At the moment he is head of the Center for Chromatography, Spectroscopy and Analysis and responsible for CASS, an activity which helps external partners to find their way to the Stratingh facilities like NMR , Mass spectrometry, HPLC and GC.

Ing. Monique Smith
After passing the exam for HLO (High Laboratory Education) in 1997, I started working at Akzo Nobel Central Research in Arnhem at the department for resin research for 3 years. Then I went to a company which manufactures ink for the packaging industry at Flint Ink in Winschoten for 1,5 years. Subsequently I worked at Philips Consumer Lifestyle at the Advanced Technology Center for 8 years before starting here at the RUG at the Stratingh Institute in 2010 where I manage the chromatography department.

Ing. Theodora Tiemersma-Wegman
Theodora D. Tiemersma-Wegman completed a BSc in Analytical and Organic Chemistry at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen in 1997. During her first job as a LC/MS operator at Pharma Bio Research she obtained knowledge of Mass Spectrometry. Her second job at the PET-centre, University Hospital Groningen gave her the opportunity to improve Chromatography and technical skills for maintaining these instruments. These experiences were brought together in her current job; since 2001 she’s responsible for the Mass Spectrometry facilities at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, University of Groningen. Under her guidance, nowadays the Orbitrap XL, UPLC/TOF, UPLC/TQD, DART/QTOF and MALDI/TOFTOF can be used in an open access environment.

Ing. Hans van der Velde
Hans van der Velde received his diploma for the HLO (High Laboratory Education) in 1995. After this he started working at several companies in the city of Groningen (Polymer Service Centre Groningen and Selact). Since 2006 he is responsible for the Analytical Department.

Postdocs

Dr. Depeng Zhao
Depeng Zhao was born in 1984 in China. After receiving his BS degree from Lanzhou University in 2007, he joined the research group of Prof. Rui Wang in the same university, working on the asymmetric catalysis and especially synthesis of phosphorus-containing compounds. In September 2012, he joined Prof. Ben Feringa group working on molecular motor based photoresponsive ligand for asymmetric catalysis.

Dr. Sander Wezenberg
Sander studied chemistry at the University of Nijmegen where he carried out his Masters in the groups of Prof. Roeland J. M. Nolte and Prof. Alan E. Rowan. He then moved to ICIQ (Tarragona, Spain) for his PhD in supramolecular chemistry and catalysis under the guidance of Prof. Arjan W. Kleij. After a short stay with Prof. Joseph T. Hupp at Northwestern University, he accepted a postdoctoral position in the group of Prof. François Diederich at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). In October 2013, he joined the Feringa group where he is working on molecular motors and switches. His main research interests are supramolecular chirality transfer and amplification, self-assembling materials, and molecular motion.

Dr. Jiawen Chen
Jiawen Chen was born in Guangzhou, China. He entered chemistry department of Nanjing University in 2004 for his bachelor study. In 2008, he was awarded a scholarship from 'Chinese Elite Student Program' to continue his master study in field of organic chemistry at the same university. In 2010, he joined Prof. Feringa's group as a Ph.D student.After obtaining his Ph.D degree in 2015, he continued to stay in the group as a postdoc. His research interest focuses on controlling and application of controlled motion of molecular motors.

PhD students

Sureshbabu Guduguntla
Sureshbabu Guduguntla was born in Kavalakuntla (India) in 1988. He received Masters in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2011, His Masters work focused on synthesis of axially chiral dimeric Fischer carbenes. Later in 2012 he joined as a Ph.D. student in the group of Prof. Ben. L. Feringa. Currently his research work is focuses on Amplification of Chirality to develop a new asymmetric auto catalytic reactions.

Wen-Hao Chen
Wen-Hao Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He obtained his BSc degree from National Taiwan University in 2009. He subsequently joined Prof. Tien-Yau Luh’s group to work on the study of polymer folding and completed his MSc degree at the same university in 2012. In the autumn of 2012, he started his PhD career in Prof. Ben Feringa’s group and currently is working on the development of functional molecular motors.

Tom van Leeuwen
Tom van Leeuwen was born in Emmen, the Netherlands in 1988. He obtained his M. Sc. degree under the supervision of prof B.L. Feringa.Currently, he is a PhD in the group of prof B.L. Feringa, working on molecular motors and their application in molecular systems.

Anouk Lubbe
I obtained my B.Sc. degree in the group of Prof. Ben Feringa, working in the molecular motor subgroup on coupled rotor-motor systems. Subsequently I performed a M.Sc. research in the same group on photoreversible aggregation, followed by a research internship at the University of Strasbourg under the guidance of Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, where I was investigating small supramolecular metallo-organic grids. Currently I am working on my Ph.D. research, which focuses on the application of molecular motors in biological systems.

Erik Pinxterhuis
Erik Pinxterhuis was born in Zwolle (The Netherlands) in 1989. He received his B.Sc. degree in the group of Prof. Dr. Sijbren Otto in 2010, and M.Sc. in the group of Prof. Dr. Ben Feringa in 2012. His master research focused on the enantioselective total synthesis of Bitungolide E, followed by a research internship under the guidance of Dr. Paul Alsters at DSM. Currently he is working as a Ph.D. student in the group of Prof. Dr. Ben Feringa in the research field of enantiomeric resolution by liquid-liquid extraction.

Stefano Pizzolato
Stefano Pizzolato was born in Garbagnate Milanese (Italy) in 1988. He received his B.S. in 2010 and M.S. in 2012 from the University of Pavia. During the Master Program he joined the Feringa research group for a 7 months internship, working on a project about Allylic Alkylation with allyli halides and organolithium compounds (COIMBRA scholarship). In November 2012 he started his Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Ben Feringa at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, University of Groningen. He is currently working on the development of multitasking catalytic molecular motors and catalysis driven molecular walkers.

Peter Stacko
Peter has obtained his MSc. degree in a field of photochemistry of phenacyl epoxides and rhodamine dyes at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is currently conducting a researd on molecular motors - translational and rotational movement at nanoscale.

Diederik Roke
Diederik Roke was born in Zwolle, the Netherlands and received his BSc degree in chemistry in 2012 from the University of Groningen. He subsequently obtained his Msc degree in 2014 in the group of Prof. Feringa working on new methodologies for transition metal-catalyzed C-C and C-O bond formation towards biologically relevant structures. The MSc program also included an internship at the University of Manchester in the group of Prof. Leigh. Currently, he is undertaking his PhD working on methodologies for transition metal-catalyzed asymmetric bond formation.

Mickel Hansen
Mickel Hansen started studying Chemistry at the University of Groningen in 2009, and obtained his BSc in 2012. He received his MSc in 2014 working on photo-switchable biomolecules in the Feringa group. As a part of his MSc he performed an internship in the group of Prof. dr. G.A. Woolley at the University of Toronto focusing on red-light switches. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. dr. Ben L. Feringa working on photopharmacology.

Henrieke Heideman
I was born in Zwolle in 1991 and raised in Wijhe, a neighboring village, where I've lived all throughout high school. After I finished high school I went to Mexico for a year before I came to Groningen to get my bachelor degrees in Chemistry and in Chemical Engineering, during which I worked on molecular tunnel junctions in the group of Ryan Chiechi and I did a project on wastewater treatment in the plant in Garmerwolde under supervision of Michel Boesten. After obtaining my bachelor's in 2013 I started with the Nanoscience master programme and performed my small master research project in the group of Ben Feringa, working on molecular motors. My final master project - on which I am currently working on a joint project between the groups of Meike Stöhr and Ben Feringa - is about nanoporous networks.

Wojciech Danowski
Wojtek studied chemistry at the Warsaw Universityof Technology, Poland. He obtained his MSc. in the group of prof. Janusz Lewinski working on new methodologies of functionalization of ZnO quantum dots. He is currently conducting a research focused on photoresponsive surfaces

Jinling Cheng
Jinling Cheng was born in Shandong, China. She achieved her BSc degree in Applied Chemistry in 2011. In the same year, she started her master studies on OLED in Dalian University of Technology and then joint Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences for theoretical calculations and transient spectroscopies. Currently, she is doing her PhD in the group of Prof. Dr. Ben L. Feringa on molecular motors and smart materials.

Michael Lerch
Michael Lerch obtained his BSc and MSc degree at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) with stays at the University of Cambridge (Prof. Steven V. Ley, UK) and the California Institute of Technology (Prof. Robert H. Grubbs, US). He conducted his Master's Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Robert H. Grubbs and Prof. Erick M. Carreira on the topic of regioselectivity in Wacker-type oxidations. He received his M.Sc. in 2014 in Interdisciplinary Sciences and he is currently pursuing his PhD at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry in Groningen under the supervision of Professor Ben L. Feringa. His work focuses on controlling biological systems with light (including molecular motors and photoswitches).

Yuchen Wei
Yuchen Wei was born in Chongqing, China in 1989. He received a double BSc degree in physics and chemistry from Nankai University in 2012. He started the Top Master Nanoscience programme at the University of Groningen in 2013 and then joined Prof. Ben L. Feringa's group to work on light-driven molecular motors. Now he stays on in the Feringa group to do his PhD, working on photoresponsive materials based on molecular motors.

Filippo Tosi
Filippo was born in Milan, Italy, in 1991. After pursuing classical studies in high school, he obtained his Bachelor degree in Environmental and Applied Chemistry (2013), and his Master degree Cum Laude in Chemical Sciences at the University of Milan (2015), working on two projects under the supervision of prof. Benaglia. During his Master thesis period, he focused on Chemico-Physical studies on Bronsted Acid activation in Organocatalysis, and the elucidation and proposal of a new reaction mechanism for a nitro-compound reduction developed in prof. Benaglia's laboratories, combining aspects of synthesis, catalysis, NMR spectroscopy and Computational methods.He had the possibility to study abroad for Erasmus period in Gent (2014), Belgium, joining the Supramolecular Chemistry Group on a project centred on the Chemico-Physical study of the double thermo-responsive behaviour of PDMAEMA polymer driven by electrostatic interactions, under the supervision of prof. Hoogenboom.In November 2015 he is going to begin a PhD project in Groningen, under the supervision of prof. Feringa, focusing on Self-Assembled Catalysis in Confined Space.

Dusan Kolarski
Dusan Kolarski was born in Pancevo, Serbia. He started seeing the world through the eyes of Chemistry during his high school projects in Petnica Science Center. He studied Chemistry and obtained his BSc degree at the University of Belgrade. During his bachelor studies, he conducted summer research at the University of Houston (Prof. Ognjen S. Miljanic), working on Dynamic Combinatorial Libraries and Covalent Organic Frameworks. Dusan pursued his MSc studies at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, where he worked on redox-switchable cavitands and water-soluble molecular baskets (Prof. François Diederich). As a master student he also did an internship at Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research in Basel, Switzerland. Afterwards, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Faculty of Chemistry in Belgrade (Prof. Radomir N. Saicic), doing total synthesis and developing new gold(I)-catalyzed cascade reactions. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in the field of Photopharmacology under the supervison of Prof. Ben L. Feringa.

Dorus Heijnen
Dorus was born in 1988 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and obtained his bachelor and master degree at the university of Groningen under the supervision of Prof. Adri Minnaard. After two research periods abroad (Oxford, UK and Stavanger, Norway), he finally started his PhD at the university of Groningen under the supervision of Prof. Feringa in 2014. His research focusses on the cross coupling of organolithium reagents.

Kaja Sitkowska
Kaja has been studying chemistry at the University of Warsaw, where she obtained her BSc and MSc diplomas. Her degree projects were conducted in the fields of molecular switches and organocatalysis. Now she is working on her PhD on a joint program between University of Groningen and University of Warsaw supervised by prof. Ben Feringa and prof. Grzegorz Litwinienko. Her research focuses on photopharmacology and antioxidants

Master students

Iwan Esser
Iwan Esser obtained his BSc Chemistry at the University of Groningen in 2014, after completing his bachelor research in the Feringa group on Enantioselective Liquid-Liquid Extraction (ELLE) of lactic acid. At the moment he working towards a MSc Chemistry and has returned to the Feringa group to complete his master research on synthesizing different BINOL-derived phosphoric acids for the use in ELLE.

Brian Corbet
Brian Corbet was born in Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) in 1993. He recieved his BSc in the group of Prof. Dr. B.L. Feringa in 2014 with a project on C(sp(3))-C(sp(2)) cross coupling reactions. At the moment he is doing research in the subgroup Asymmetric Catalysis, working on a project which focuses on atroposelective cross coupling reactions.

Former group members

Dr. Carlos Vila Descals
Dr. Carlos Vila was born in Albaida (Valencia), Spain, in 1982. He received his Master's degree with honors from the University of Valencia in 2005 and his Ph.D. in 2010 working in the same university under the supervision of Professor J. R. Pedro and Prof. I. Fernández, studying new enantioselective Friedel-Crafts reactions. In 2008, he spent 4 months in the group pf Prof. K. A. Jørgensen working in organocatalysis. After obtaining his PhD, he joined as postdoctoral researcher (2010-2012) the group of Prof. M. Rueping in the Institute of Organic Chemistry, RWTH-Aachen (Germany), developing new methodologies using photoredox catalysis. From October 2012 to September 2014, he joined the group of Prof. B. Feringa, University of Groningen (The Netherlands), as a Marie-Curie fellow working on cross-coupling reactions with organolithium reagents and asymmetric catalysis. He is currently a Juan de la Cierva researcher in the University of Valencia, and his research is focused on asymmetric catalysis and new methodologies for C-C bond formation.

Dr. Martín Fañanás-Mastral
Dr. Martín Fañanás-Mastral was born in 1980 in Zaragoza, Spain. He received his B.Sc degree in Chemistry from the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2002. He obtained his PhD degree in 2007 from the same University under the guidance of Prof. J. Barluenga and Prof. F. Aznar working on the development of new cascade reactions of Group 6 Fischer carbene complexes and its application in organic synthesis. In 2004, he performed a short term stay in the group of Prof. Steve Ley at the University of Cambridge working on the total synthesis of Bengazole A. In 2009 he joined the group of Prof. Feringa at the University of Groningen. His research was focused on the design of new transition metal catalyzed methodologies in the field of asymmetric synthesis, oxidation catalysis and cross-coupling reactions.Currently he works as Ramón y Cajal researcher in the Center for Chemical Research (CIQUS) at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Dr. Valentín Hornillos Gómez-Recuero
Dr. Valentín Hornillos Gómez-Recuero was born in Toledo (Spain). He received his B.Sc. in 2002 from the University of Castilla la Mancha where he also performed research working on novel metallodendrimer-based catalysts. In 2004, after getting a FPI scholarship, He moved to the Institutes of Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry (CSIC) in Madrid to work on the synthesis of complex lipid drugs incorporating fluorescent and/or reactive groups. During this period, he also did an internship at Novartis in Vienna, where he worked on the synthesis of ceramides as tool compounds for analytical and biological investigations. After getting his PhD (2009) Valentín moved in 2010 to the group of Professor Ben L. Feringa working on the development of new metal-catalyzed (asymmetric) cross-coupling reactions. In November 2015, he joined the Spanish National Research Council in Sevilla (Spain) and his research is focused on the development of new metal-catalyzed asymmetric transformations.

Dr. Thomas Neubauer
Thomas Neubauer received his diploma in 2009 from the Technical University Munich and completed his PhD in 2013 also at the Technical University Munich under the direction of Professor Thorsten Bach in the field of total synthesis. In 2013 he joined as a German Academic Exchange Service postdoctoral fellow the group of Prof. Feringa for his postdoctoral research, which focused on the asymmetric synthesis of molecular motors and their application in catalysis. In fall 2014 he started working for Bayer Pharma AG in Wuppertal as medicinal chemist.

Dr. Wiktor Szymanski
(http://www.szymanski-lab.nl/)
Wiktor Szymański received his PhD degree from The Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, in 2008. He spent two years working on the use of biotransformations in organic chemistry with Prof. Ben L. Feringa and Prof. Dick B. Janssen at the University of Groningen. Since 2010 he has been working on the construction of photoactive protein- peptide- and DNA-bioconjugates and photophamracology in the Feringa Labs. As of 2014, he shares his time between Feringa group and the Department of Radiology, University Medical Center Groningen, where he is appointed.

Dr. Krzysztof K. Krawczyk
Krzysztof was born in Częstochowa, Poland, in 1983. He received his MSc in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Warsaw. His research activity evolved over the past years, from the synthesis of natural products and molecular switches, to the engeneering of functional organic-inorganic nanostructures. In 2012, he received the “Kolumb” fellowship from the Foundation for Polish Science, to study the autonomous propulsion of nanoswimmers. Apart from Science, Krzys enjoys playing the piano, cooking and home brewing.

Dr. Beatrice Collins
Beatrice obtained her undergraduate and Masters degrees in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, England. She then stayed on in Cambridge to undertake her PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Matthew Gaunt in the field of transition metal catalysis, focusing on copper-catalysed arylative transformations with hypervalent iodonium reagents and palladium-catalysed C–H activation methodologies. In 2014 Beatrice moved to the University of Groningen where she spent two years undertaking postdoctoral research with Professor Ben Feringa in the field of molecular switches and motors. In 2016 Beatrice moved back to England to take up a postdoctoral research position in the group of Professor Varinder Aggarwal at the University of Bristol

Dr. Derk Jan van Dijken
Derk Jan van Dijken obtained a Bachelor degree in Analytical and Organic Chemistry at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen in 2007. Afterwards, he obtained his Master degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen in 2009 where he conducted a research project on asymmetric synthesis and catalysis under the guidance of Prof. Ben L. Feringa. He subsequently joined the group of Prof. Feringa to pursue his PhD in the field of supramolecular chemistry and his research focuses on the design and synthesis of various types of self-assembling amphiphiles and gelators as well as exploring (auto)-amplification of chirality in such systems and the study of their morphology. He is expected to graduate in autumn 2014 and is currently a Postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Stefan Hecht at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Petra Erne
Petra was born in Heidenheim, Germany. She studied chemistry at the University of Ulm, University of Toronto and Northwestern University from 2005-2010 receiving a diploma (equivalent to a M.Sc.). In 2010 she joined Prof. Ben Feringa for a PhD funded by the FOM (fom.nl, Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie) working on autonomous self-propulsion of nano/micro objects.Update Feb.'16: Petra is living in Amsterdam and writing chapters for her thesis.

Dr. Kuang-Yen Chen
Kuang-Yen Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He studied chemistry at National Taiwan University (B.Sc, 2004-2008, supervised by Prof. Tien-Yau Luh), did military service in Taiwan (2008-2009) and worked as a full-time Teaching Assistant (National Taiwan University, 2009-2010) before he joined the Motor subgroup (Ph.D., 2010 Jul-2014 Jun) in the topic of synthesis and surface functionalization of molecular motors. He will work at ETH Zürich as Postdoc starting autumn 2014.

Dr. Massimo Giannerini
Massimo Giannerini was born in Pietrasanta (Italy) in 1985. After accomplishing his high school education at the Classic Liceum of Viareggio, he moved to study Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies at the University of Pisa. Here, in 2010, he received his M.Sc. degree Cum Laude after the completion of his thesis on the nickel-catalyzed borylative ring opening of vinyl epoxides and aziridines under the supervision of prof. Mauro Pineschi. In the same year he joined the University of Groningen to pursue his PhD degree under the guidance of Prof. Ben L. Feringa working on the development of new metal catalyzed carbon-carbon bond forming reactions involving hard organometallic reagents. He defended his PhD thesis on April 2015 and he is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at CAT catalytic center Aachen (Germany), a partnership between the RWTH Aachen University, Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer Technology Services, focusing on the application of novel catalytic methodologies in polymer chemistry.

Jos Kistemaker
For me, chemistry was never a choice but an inevitability, for as long as I can remember, I was trying to figure out what the world around me was made up of. Studying chemistry was therefore my only option after high-school graduation, and choosing Groningen was an easy choice for its vibrant student life. I obtained both my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in the Molecular Motor Group under the supervision of Prof. Ben L. Feringa during which I also performed a research project in Melbourne under the supervision of Andrew Holmes. The opportunities to explore the world of nano-machinery offered in this group made it very easy to except a PhD position, in which I'm now investigating a new generation of molecular motors.Update Feb.'16: Jos is living in Australia and writing his thesis. He will defend it this upcoming year.

Dr. Claudia Poloni
Claudia Poloni studied Chemistry at the University of Padova, Italy. She obtained her MSc in 2009 with the master project on the synthesis of a peptaibolic peptide, tylopeptin A, in the laboratory of Prof. Fernando Formaggio. In 2010 she worked in DSM, The Netherlands for an internship under the supervision of Dr. Peter Quaedflieg. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry in Groningen under the supervision of Professor Ben L. Feringa. Her recent research focuses on incorporation of photoswitches in peptides and enzymes. Update: Feb.'16: Claudia defended her thesis on the 5th.She now lives in Lyon and is currently reviewing job options.

dr. Thom Pijper
Thomas C. Pijper was born in Groningen, the Netherlands, in 1982. After obtaining an MSc in organic chemistry at the University of Groningen in 2008, he took up a PhD position in the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry and Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. His research focussed on photochemically driven processes and was performed under the guidance of Prof. Ben Feringa, Prof. Bart van Wees, and Prof. Wesley Browne. Since the completion of his PhD research, he has been working as a researcher in the development of analytical systems.

Dr. Jort Robertus
Jort Robertus was born in 1980 in Groningen the Netherlands. He completed his BSc in Analytical and Organic Chemistry at the Hanzehoogschool Groningen in 2005, and a MSc in Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen in 2008. Subsequently he joined Prof. Ben Feringa group to study the behavior of a range of photo responsive molecular switches as part of the Centre for Systems Chemistry at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, University of Groningen. He will defend his thesis named; Multifunctional photochromic molecular switches based on azaobenzenes, dithienylethenes and hemithioindigos - synthesis and applications, and is expected to obtain his PhD degree in February 2015.In 2013 he started working as a project manager synthetic organic chemistry at Nano Fiber Matrices in Groningen where he was working on synthetic self-assembling nanofibrous hydrogels micro-environments which allow mammalian cells to grow optimally. He has currently returned to the University of Groningen to work as a teacher and teaching coordinator for chemistry at the Undergraduate School of Science.

Anne Schoonen
Anne Schoonen was born in 1986 in the city of Groningen. She recieved her Bsc in the group of Prof. Dr. B.L. Feringa including a 4 month research project on enantioselective liquid-liquid extractions. Subsequently she did her master research in the same group on the development of Cu-free click-chemistry for PET imaging. During her masters she also worked 4 months in Oxford in the group of Prof. Dr. S. Davies on ammonium-directed olefinic oxidations. In 2010 she received her masters Cum Laude from the university of Groningen. Subsequently she did a PhD in the group of Prof. B.L. Feringa working on the origin and the amplification of chirality. She got admitted to the Graduate program of Shell, where she started as a production chemist based in Rijswijk starting the beginning of 2016.She will defend this year.

Dr. Wim Velema
Willem Velema studied Pharmacy at the University of Groningen and obtained his BSc in 2007 and his PharmD in 2010 after conducting his master thesis on cell handling in microfluidic systems in the laboratory of Professor Elisabeth Verpoorte. He then joined the group of Professor Ben Feringa at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry in Groningen as a graduate student to work on photopharmacology and photoswitchable biosystems and obtained his PhD in 2014 cum laude. He received an EMBO and Rubicon fellowship to conduct postdoctoral work with professor Eric Kool at Stanford University, where he is currently working on nucleic-acid chemistry.

Matea Vlatkovic
Matea Vlatković was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1987. She has obtained BSc and MSc in chemistry at the University of Zagreb. During her studies she was on two summer internships, one in Lodz (Poland) working on synthesis of antitumor prostaglandin analogues and one in Munich working with TIRF microscopy studying HIV release process. Her master thesis was done during her Erasmus stay at the University of Warsaw with Michal Chmielewski working on anion receptors based on carbazole. In 2011 after graduation she has joined group of Ben Feringa. Her main research topic is dynamic control of chiral space (mainly development of novel motor-catalysts). Update Feb.'16: Matea lives in Austria and is working on her thesis. She will defend this year.

Dr. Maria Bastian
Maria Bastian (Merklinger) was born in 1984. She studied biomedical chemistry at the University of Mainz in Germany. Where she did her master thesis in the group of Prof. Udo Nubbemeyer in 2008 and obtained the diploma in chemistry (M.Sc.). End of 2008 Maria moved to the Netherlands where she started her PhD-studies in 2009 in the group of Prof. Ben Feringa. During the following years she was working on the total synthesis of natural occurring fatty acids and the synthesis as well as the characterization of a new class of artificial lipids. Since beginning of 2014 she joined the groups of Prof. Shahriar Mobashery and Prof. Mayland Chang at the university of Notre Dame (IN, US). Here she is currently working at the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of non-zinc-chelating inhibitors for Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs).

Dr. Tati Fernández-Ibáñez
M. Ángeles Fernández-Ibáñez received her Ph.D degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) under the supervision of Prof. José L. García Ruano. During that period, she carried out a predoctoral stay in Boston College, USA, with Prof. Scott J. Miller. Subsequently, she joined as a postdoctoral researcher the group of Prof. Ben. L. Feringa at the University of Groningen. In 2012 she was appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry at the UAM. In 2013 she spent a sabbatical period in the group of Prof. Ben Feringa an in the spring of 2014 she was awarded with the prestigious Vidi grant from NWO for her project ‘New strategies to sustainable procedures based on metal-catalyzed C-H functionalization’. Since 2015 she is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) where she led her own research group, working on asymmetric catalysis and activation of C-H bonds.

Dr. Shermin Goh
Shermin Goh was born in Singapore. After receiving her BSc in 2010 from Imperial College London, she joined the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences in Singapore where she worked on total synthesis. Shermin completed her PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Oxford (2015), working with Prof. Edward Anderson on the total synthesis of rubriflordilactone A. In 2015, she joined the Feringa group to work in the field of cross-coupling with organolithium reagents.

Dr. Lili Hou
Lili Hou was born in Jilin province, China. She obtained her mater degree in 2009 from Tianjin University in China. In January 2010, she joined Prof. Ben L. Feringa’s group working on photoactive molecules. In December 2013, she finished her PhD and moved to France working as a postdoctor in the Institut de science et d'ingénierie supramoléculaires in the University of Strasbourg since April 2014.

Dr. Xiaoyan Zhang
Xiaoyan Zhang was born in Henan province, China. He obtained his MSc in 2009 from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. Afterwards in September 2009, he joined Prof. Ben L. Feringa’s group working on graphene-based functional materials. In December 2013, he successfully defended his PhD and moved to France working as a postdoctor in the Institut de science et d'ingénierie supramoléculaires in the University of Strasbourg since January 2014.

Dr. Jean-Baptiste Gualtierotti
Jean-Baptiste Gualtierotti was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. He obtained both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Biological and Molecular Chemistry from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2009 and 2010 respectively. He then joined the group of Prof. Jieping Zhu at EPFL in 2010 where he obtained his PhD in 2014. There he worked on the development of novel methodologies in the fields of multicomponent reactions, asymmetric organocalaysis and the total synthesis of indole alkaloids. In 2015 he obtained a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation and joined the group of Prof. Ben. L. Feringa as a post-doctoral researcher to work on the development of novel metal catalyzed asymmetric allylic alkylation and cross coupling reactions.