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. In 2016 Prof. Feringa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, together with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Sir James Fraser Stoddart.

Scientific staff

Prof.dr. Wiktor Szymanski
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. Anouk Lubbe
Anouk Lubbe studied chemistry at the University of Groningen. She started investigating molecular motors in 2010, and subsequently completed her BSc and MSc research on that topic, as well as an internship with prof. Jean-Marie Lehn at the University of Strasbourg. In 2017 she completed her PhD under the guidance of prof. Ben Feringa and dr. Wiktor Szymanski. After collaborating with prof. Feringa on a popular science book she left Groningen to travel. As of February 2019 she has returned to the Feringa lab, as a research manager.

Dr. Alexander Ryabchun
Alexander Ryabchun obtained his Ph.D. from Moscow State University (Russia) in 2012. Later in 2013, he joined Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (Germany) Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow. In 2016, he moved to the Netherlands to work with Prof. Nathalie Katsonis (University of Twente, since 2019 University of Groningen). His research is focused on smart adaptive materials powered by artificial molecular machines (molecular motors, switches, mechanically interlocked molecules) and includes broad aspects of polymer materials and liquid crystals. Since March 2022, he joined the group of Prof. Ben Feringa as a research manager.

Technical support

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. 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.

Ing. Renze Sneep
Renze Sneep studied Analytical and Organic Chemistry at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen, where he completed his BSc. In his graduation year, he was working as an intern at the Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry department of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry. Since December 2017 he is working for the Stratingh Institute, managing the Chromatography department together with Monique.

John de Boer
John de Boer studied chemistry at the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. In the course of his studies, he worked at BASF on NIR spectroscopy, at Syncom BV on intramolecular [2+2] photocycloaddition in continuous-flow and at the University of Groningen in the Drug Design group of Prof. Alexander Dömling on imidazo[1,2-a]pyrazin-8-amines. Since May 2019, he is working for the Stratingh Institute, managing lab equipment and assisting in research projects


Dr. Shaoyu Chen
Shaoyu Chen was born in Shantou, China. She obtained her BSc in Textile Chemistry at Jiangnan University in 2013. Afterwards, she continued her master and doctor study in Jiangnan University under the supervision of Prof. Chaoxia Wang in the field of smart photo-responsive materials. In October 2017, she joined Prof. Feringa’s group as a Ph.D student. Her main research interests are synthesis and application of photo-responsive materials. Shaoyu will return to the group in February 2020 as Postdoc.

Dr. Jeffrey Buter
Jeffrey Buter obtained his BSc in analytical chemistry at the Hanze University for applied sciences in Groningen (2008). Following his BSc he pursued his MSc in molecular chemistry at the University of Groningen, which he obtained in 2011. He then continued his academic career at the University of Groningen by performing a PhD in the group of Prof. Adriaan J. Minnaard, working on the stereoselective total synthesis of biologically active molecules, from which he graduated cum laude (2016). After his PhD studies he moved to the United States of America for postdoctoral research in the group of D. Branch Moody (MD) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School (2016-2018). Here he worked on unravelling the survival mechanism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and the discovery of a new virulence factor from Salmonella typhi. As of September 2018, Jeffrey returned to the University of Groningen to join the research group of Prof. Ben Feringa where he will work on new cross-coupling methodology with organolithium reagents.

Dr. Qi Zhang
Qi obtained his BSc (2015) and PhD degree (2020) at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST, Shanghai, China). He completed his PhD thesis about dynamic supramolecular materials in the group of Prof. He Tian (ECUST), which was awarded as the winner of IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists in 2020. A highlight of his research work is the discovery of an intrinsically dynamic covalent polymer derived from thioctic acid, a natural small molecule. In Nov. 2020, he joined the Feringa group as a visiting researcher and started his postdoc position since May, 2019. He will continue to pursue the intriguing chemistry of disulfide polymers in Feringa group under the funding of Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship.

Dr. George Alachouzos
George was born in Singapore, and spent his childhood on the small island of Kalymnos, in Greece. He obtained his BS in Life Science and Technology from TU Delft and Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands. He went on to obtain his MS in Chemistry summa cum laude from Universiteit Leiden. George then pursued PhD studies in the US at the University of Rochester in the group of Professor Alison J. Frontier, enabled by a Fulbright PhD Fellowship. In the Frontier group, George has initiated methodology studies surrounding the halo-Nazarov cyclization and applied the method towards the total synthesis of natural products. George also established the recent computational chemistry efforts for the group. George is currently an EMBO postdoctoral fellow in the Feringa and Szymanski labs where he is using computational design and organic synthesis towards the discovery of novel red-shifted photocages for use in medicine and biology

Dr. Damián Padín Santos
Damián Padín Santos (1991) was born in Cambados (Spain). He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela. In 2019, he got his PhD in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Saá and Prof. Jesús A. Varela working on the development of new chemical transformations based on the catalytic generation of ruthenium vinyl carbenes and their application in total synthesis. During his PhD studies, he was awarded with a Barrié Foundation fellowship to perform a short stay in the group of Prof. Amir H. Hoveyda (Boston College, USA). In April 2020, he joined the group of Prof. Ben Feringa as an oLife postdoctoral researcher to work on autocatalysis with chiral amplification.

Dr. Mathieu Lepage
Mathieu grew up near the small town of Laval in the west of France. He first studied in Rennes then moved to Strasbourg for his Diplôme d’ingénieur and M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry. After a 6-month research stay at UQÀM (Montreal, Canada) under Prof. Canesi working on hypervalent iodine, he came back to Strasbourg and joined Prof. Compain for his Ph.D., where he studied the multivalent effect of iminosugars in glycosidase inhibition. He then took a first postdoctoral position under Prof. Perrin at UBC (Vancouver, Canada), where he developed mild reaction conditions towards acylboronates, while also working on 18F-radiolabeling of PET tracers via isotopic exchange. He then acquired expertise in polymer and materials science while developing a broadly applicable bis-diazirine crosslinker under Prof. Wulff at UVic (Victoria, Canada), using it as glue or in anti-ballistic garment. After working in the industry for 2 years, he joined the Feringa group as a CBBC postdoctoral fellow, aiming at developing bio-based coatings and polymers.

Dr. Yohan Gisbert
Yohan graduated from Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France). After internships in Prof. Nitschke’s group at Cambridge University working on supramolecular cages and in Prof. Veige’s group at the University of Florida synthesizing new supramolecular polymers, he joined the CEMES-CNRS (Toulouse) under the supervision of Dr. C. Kammerer and Prof. G. Rapenne for his masters and PhD thesis, investigating the synthesis of dissymmetrized and long-chain-functionalized rotary molecular machines (including molecular winch prototypes) and copper-catalyzed arylation reactions. In February 2022 he joined the Feringa group as a postdoctoral researcher to work on new molecular motors performing coupled motion.

PhD students

Piermichele Kobauri
(Piermichele will defend his thesis in May 2022)
Piermichele Kobauri was born in Turin, Italy in 1991. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Turin. His Master research project in the group of Prof. Marco Lolli focused on in silico drug design methodologies, namely pharmacophore modeling and docking. He went back to the lab as a research intern in the same group, designing and synthesizing compounds to target Leishmaniasis. Subsequently, he did an Erasmus+ internship in the group of Prof. Bente Frølund at the University of Copenhagen, working on the synthesis of GABA analogues. In March 2017 he started his Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Ben Feringa at the University of Groningen. He is currently working on a photopharmacology and structure-based approach to smart antibiotics.

Tobias van den Enk
Tobias was born in 1992 in Zaanstad, The Netherlands. He obtained his BSc under supervision of prof. Jan van Maarseveen on peptide-cyclization reactions in a self-assembled confined space, and his MSc under supervision of Prof. Henk Hiemstra, on the topic of [2+2] photocycloadditions, both at the University of Amsterdam. In 2017 he started his PhD research in the group of prof. Feringa, working on photoactuation of chiral nanomaterials

Cosima Stähler
Cosima was born in Berlin. After volunteering for a year after school in Germany and South Africa, she started studying Chemistry at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, where she was working in the group of Rainer Herges on diazocine switches. Additionally she completed an internship in the group of Francesca Kerton in St. John’s in Canada, working on the use of renewable materials and at Kyoto University, working in the group of Atsuhiro Osuka on porphyrins as a platform for stable radicals. To pursue a PhD, she joined the group of Ben Feringa in March 2018 to work on the application of molecular motors in smart materials.

Sven van Vliet
Sven van Vliet was born in Groningen in 1993. He was raised in Hoogezand-Sappemeer, a village near Groningen. In 2014, he received his BSc degree working on the synthesis of water soluble molecular motors. Hereafter, he stayed in the Feringa group to work on his masterproject about imine-based molecular motors. Subsequently he performed a short internship under the supervision of prof. Pablo Ballester at the ICIQ in Tarragona, working on self-assembled nanoreactors. Hereafter, he returned to Groningen and the Feringa group to pursue a PhD. Currently, he is working on nanoscale energy converters.

George Hermens
George Hermens was born in Groningen in 1994. He was raised in Groningen and after high school he started studying Chemistry at the RuG in 2012. In 2015, he joined the bio-subgroup of Prof. Feringa and he received his BSc degree working on the synthesis and characterization of photoswitchable autoinducers. In his Master Chemistry, he returned to Prof. Feringa and joined the Smart Materials subgroup, working on photoswitchable chiral gels. Subsequently he performed a research project at Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam under the supervision of Dr. Peter Klusener, working on the quantification of unknown peroxide mixtures using luminol. In June 2018 he received his MSc degree and rejoined the Feringa group to pursue his PhD, working on biobased coatings and polymers.

Daisy Pooler
Daisy was born in Birmingham, UK in 1996. She obtained her MChem degree under supervision of Prof. David Leigh at the University of Manchester, UK working towards synthesis of a fueled molecular walker. During her degree, Daisy spent one year working with Domino Printing Sciences (Cambridge, UK) on development of a food-grade blue ink for eggshell coding. In 2018, Daisy began her PhD research in the group of Prof. Ben Feringa at the University of Groningen in the field of molecular motors.

Jinyu Sheng
Jinyu was born in Zhejiang (China). He received his BSc degree in Chemistry from Ocean University of China in 2014. He then started his Master studies in organic synthesis methodology at Tsinghua University under the guidance of Prof. Chao Chen. After his graduation in 2017, he continued working as a research assistant for one year. In October 2018, he joined the Prof. Ben L. Feringa's group to work on designing moelecular motors and photoswitchable porous materials.

Albert Schulte
Albert was born in Peize, the Netherlands in 1994. He obtained his BSc degree at the University of Groningen in 2016, working on enzyme engineering. During his masters he performed an internship in the group of prof. Anna Hirsch at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research in Saarbrücken. He obtained his MSc degree in 2018 working in the field of photopharmacology. In March 2019 he began his PhD research in the group of Prof. Feringa working on the photocontrol of various biological processes.

Vanda Daskova
Vanda was born in Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic) in 1993. She received her undergraduate degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU). During her studies, she did research projects in the group of Prof. D. Trauner (LMU) and the group of Prof. K. Christe (USC) working on the total synthesis of Lycopladine A and on the synthesis of high-energy-density materials, respectively. She completed her Master thesis under the supervision of Prof. B. List at Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim a. d. Ruhr (Germany) working on the asymmetric Mukaiyama−Michael reaction. Subsequently, she did an internship at Bayer pharmaceuticals located in Wuppertal (Germany). In April 2019, Vanda joined the Feringa group for a PhD in the field of asymmetric catalysis. Her research focuses on self-amplifying systems and the origin of life.

Paco Visser
Paco Visser was born in Meppel (The Netherlands) in 1995. He obtained his BSc degree in Chemical Engineering in 2017, after which he worked on Pd-catalysed, Li-mediated cross-coupling reactions under supervision of prof. Ben Feringa to obtain his BSc degree in Chemistry during the same year. After an extracurricular research period in the asymmetric catalysis subgroup, he performed a research project at Nouryon Deventer under supervision of Dr. Bjorn ter Horst and Dr. Michel van der Berg as a part of his MSc degree. In March 2019, Paco returned to the Feringa group to work on total synthesis and the cross-coupling of organolithium reagents under supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Buter to finalize his MSc degree. In 2020 he started his PhD, focussing on the development of novel (auto)catalytic processes.

Youxin Fu
Youxin Fu was born in Anhui (China). He received his BSc degree in Applied Chemistry (Fine Chemical) from East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in 2014. He then started his Master studies in Fine Synthetic Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at same university under the guidance of Prof. Xiaopeng He and Dr. Junji Zhang in the field of photoswitchable fluorescence probe. After his graduation in 2017, he continued working as a research assistant in ECUST and The University of Queensland for one year. In January 2019, he joined the Prof. Ben L. Feringa's group to work on photoclick reaction and smart probe.

Thomas Freese
Thomas was born in Sögel, Germany in 1991. From 2011-2014 he worked at the Remmers Group in Löningen, Germany and became a Chemical Technician, where he focused on different types of coatings (water based, organic based and polymers for wood/floor/furniture) and treatments for restoration and construction of buildings. After that he studied Chemistry at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen. During his BSc degree, he worked in the group of Prof. Dr. D. Stalke on the Synthesis of novel N-heterocyclic silylenes for catalytic applications. In 2017 he began his MSc degree at the University of Göttingen and came to the University of Groningen in 2018 to finish his MSc as an exchange student. He focused on a joint research project between the Feringa group and the Barta group. After that he conducted his Master research project in the Feringa group on sustainable materials. Thomas started his PhD in 2020 focusing on sustainable catalysis and materials.

Bianka Sieredzinska
Bianka was born in Pulawy, Poland. She studied Chemistry and Education at University of Warsaw, Poland. She was really interested in science popularization which lead her to take part in many university events and also pushed her to do an internship at school and teach some chemistry to young and bright students. Bianka obtained her MSc in 2019 and during her master studies she was working on in-lab validation of retrosynthesis software Chematica (now: Synthia) at the Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS in prof. Bartosz Grzybowski group. Bianka took part in syntheses of drugs, drug metabolites and a natural product that were predicted by above mentioned retrosynthetic tool (Chematica). Bianka started her PhD in the group in June 2019. She is a member of catalysis subgroup and is working on new reactions and cross-linking in water/photoactivation.

Daniel Döllerer
Daniel was born in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany in 1993. He obtained his BSc and MSc degree in chemistry at the Technische Universität München (TUM), focusing on organic, inorganic and medicinal chemistry. During his studies, he was able to perform a research internship at the École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, supervised by Prof. W. L. Queen and spend a semester abroad at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Finalizing his studies, he conducted his Master’s Thesis at the Chair of Medicinal and Bioinorganic Chemistry at Cardiff University, UK, supervised by Prof. A. Casini, working on fluorophore containing supramolecular coordination complexes for drug delivery purposes. In September 2019, Daniel joined the Feringa group in the field of smart materials.

Lotte Stindt
Lotte was born in the Netherlands and obtained her BSc degree in chemistry at the University of Groningen. During her undergraduate studies, she performed an honours project in the group of prof. Minnaard and did her BSc thesis in the Feringa group. She then moved to Switzerland for her master’s programme at ETH Zurich, where she conducted a research project in the group of prof. Chen and completed her MSc thesis under the supervision of prof. Mezzetti, working on Mn(I) catalysts for the asymmetric hydrogenation of ketones. In November 2019, Lotte returned to the Feringa group as a PhD student to work on the development of molecular motors and switches

Max Fellert
Maximilian Fellert was born in 1994 in Neuss, Germany. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf with a bachelor thesis on the cyclopropanation of nucleobases in the group of Constantin Czekelius.Afterwards, he moved to the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich to obtain his MSc in Chemistry. During his studies in Munich, he performed an research internship in Groningen in the group of Ben Feringa on 2nd generation molecular motors driven by visible light. Another research internship led him to the group of Gilles Gasser at Chimie ParisTech/PSL University in Paris, where he focused on the synthesis of novel Ru(II)polypyridyl complexes as anti-cancer agents. To conclude his MSc studies, he performed his master thesis under the supervision of Bill Morandi at ETH Zurich working on a novel Pd-catalyzed arylacylation of norbornadienes.After completing his studies, he spent half a year as an intern in management consulting for Deutsche Bahn (German railroad company). In 2020, he moved back to Groningen and the Feringa lab as a PhD student and is currently working on molecular swimmers using motor driven flagella.

Ainoa Guinart Planellas
Ainoa was born in Olot (Catalunya, Spain) in 1996. She completed her BSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2018. As part of her BSc final project she performed a research stay under the supervision of Prof. Romain Quidant (Plasmon nanooptics group) at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO, Spain) working on a Lab-On-a-Chip approach for tumor markers with plasmonic nanoparticles. She also performed an internship with Prof. Brigitte Städler (Cell Mimicry group) at the iNano center (Aarhus, Denmark) working on multilayer polymer vesicles for intracellular drug delivery. To keep forming herself, in 2019, she studied a MRes in Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She performed a combined nanomedicine project at both Prof. Romain Quidant group at ICFO and Dr. Pilar Rivera (Integrative Biomedical materials and Nanomedicine Lab) at the Biomedical Research Park (Barcelona) to work on Plasmonic Photothermal Therapy in 3D cell cultures. In 2020 she completed a MSc in Genes Drug and Stem Cells at the Imperial College of London. In October 2020 she will join Prof. Feringa group as a PhD student in the field of Amphiphilic Molecular Motors for Cellular Recognition and Uptake

Marco Ovalle
Marco Ovalle was born in Tijuana, Mexico, in 1995. He obtained his BSc. in Nanotechnology Engineering at the Institute of Technology Tijuana. His undergraduate research was focused on natural product synthesis, and got his Master's degree in Chemical Sciences at the same institution working on molecular switches for asymmetric synthesis at the Aguirre-Somanathan group. In 2020 he joined Stoddart's group at Northwestern University as a predoctoral fellow. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Feringa, working on molecular switching-assisted catalysis.

Roza Weber
Roza was born in Groningen, the Netherlands in 1998. She obtained her BSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Groningen in 2018 after working on the synthesis of organic dyes and the study of their binding to lanthanide nanoparticles for her Bachelor thesis, under the supervision of Prof. Kees Hummelen. In 2018, she moved to Uppsala, Sweden, to begin her MSc studies. She obtained her MSc degree from Uppsala University in Sweden in 2020 after writing her Master thesis on the synthesis and photophysical characterization of luminescent lanthanide complexes under the supervision of Prof. Eszter Borbas. In the fall of 2020, Roza will start her PhD in the Feringa group as a part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN ArtMoMa programme to work on the project “Molecular motor-based nanoscale energy storage system”.

Adrien Combe
I was born in 1995 at Périgueux (France). I did my BSc Molecular Chemistry at University of Toulouse (France). After, I did my Master's degree is 3 years in 3 different places. The first year, I did the first year of MSc Chemistry for Health at University of Toulouse. The second year, I did the first year of MSc Molecular and Therapeutic Chemistry at University of Nantes (France). The third year, I came back at University of Toulouse to do the second year of MSc Green Chemistry. I also did three internships : the first one at University of Toulouse whose topic was the synthesis and characterization of hydrosoluble ligands for Cu(II) for therapeutic applications, the second one at University of Nantes whose topic was the synthesis and characterization of bioactive polysaccharride and the third one at University of Groningen in Harutyunyan's team whose topic was synthesis and characterization of novel chiral pincer-ligands for Mn(I) in order to perform enantioselective catalysis. I will do my PhD in Feringa's team. The subject is the synthesis of molecular motors based on artificial muscles. I will begin the 1st of October.

Jiaxin Hou
(Jiaxin will defend her thesis in May 2022)
Jiaxin was borned in Canton, China. She studied polymer chemistry in South China Normal University under the supervision of Prof. Guofu Zhou. After receiving her Master Degree, she continuted to be a PhD student in the same University under the supervision of Prof. Guofu Zhou, Prof. Jiawen Chen and Prof. Ben Feringa, working on the topic of molecular motor in Liquid Crystal.

Yahan Shan
Yahan was born in Henan, China. She obtained her BSc in Applied Chemistry at Huanggang Normal University in 2015. After that she started her Master studies in organic optoelectronic materials at Southwest University under the guidance of Prof. Linna Zhu. Yahan is currently a PhD. student at the ECUST under the guidance of Prof. Da-Hui Qu and Prof. Ben L. Feringa. In April 2021, she joined the Feringa group to work on the topic of synthesis and application of smart materials.

Xiaobing Chen
Xiaobing was born in Jiangsu Province. He obtained his Bachelor Degree in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. After that, he continued his Master studies at Hangzhou Normal University under the direction of Professor Liwen Xu and Jian Cao in the field of Asymmetric Catalysis. In 2021, he joined Professor Ben L Feringa’s group for a PhD programme working on Catalytic Asymmetric C-H Functionalization.

Carlijn van Beek
Carlijn was born in Deventer, the Netherlands in 1997. She studied chemistry at the University of Groningen. During her BSc degree, she performed an extracurricular research internship focused on molecular motors in the group of Prof. Ben L. Feringa. She obtained her BSc degree in 2018 (summa cum laude), working on surface-immobilised molecular motors. In 2019, Carlijn returned to the Feringa group for her Master research project on combining asymmetric organolithium C-C bond formation and photocyclisation. She then undertook a four-month internship at the University Medical Center Groningen (UCMG). Under the supervision of Prof. Wiktor Szymanski, she worked on the development of new fluorescent tracers and ParaCEST contrast agents. In 2021 she moved to the University of Bristol, UK and joined the Collins group for a research project on autonomous chemically-fuelled linear molecular-level motion. Later that year, she worked on developing new COF linking strategies in the group of Prof. Omar M. Yaghi at UC Berkeley, USA. In 2022, Carlijn rejoined the Feringa group as a PhD student to work on molecular motors and their applications.

Master students

Robert Kluifhooft
Robert P. Kluifhooft was born in Lelystad, the Netherlands. In 2015, he started studying chemistry at Hogeschool van Hall Larenstein in Leeuwarden (Netherlands). There he obtained his bachelor after doing his research in xanthophylls at Syncom in Groningen (2019). After that, he followed a pre-master program, followed by the master Catalysis and Green Chemistry at the University of Groningen. Within the Feringa group, Robert is working on asymmetric catalysis with molecular motors for his master thesis project.

Visiting staff

Dr. Michal Falkowski
Michał studied pharmacy at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He then moved to Poznan to pursue his doctorate studies at Poznan University of Medical Sciences under the guidance of prof. Tomasz Goslinski. After obtaining the Ph.D. in 2019, he returned to Bydgoszcz to work as a research associate at the department of Medicinal Chemistry. He did research stays at the Rutgers University, New Brunswick and the University of Pacific, San Francisco. In our lab, he focusses on the development of photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy.

Visiting PhD and Master students

Chanyathorn Ruamyart (Baifern)
Chanyathorn was born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1995. She obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in chemistry at Mahidol University. Her research project in Prof. Nopporn Ruangsupapichat's group has focused on synthesizing organic compounds and applied them for material science. During her B.Sc., she also performed on the bio-inspired smart materials under the supervision of Prof. Nathalie Katsonis at the University of Twente as an internship student. Currently, she is working on the next-generation switches to develop a photo/redox motor in Prof. Feringa's group.

Kathy Liu
Kathy was born in Salt Lake City, UT (USA), and obtained her B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering in 2021 from Stanford University. She has previously conducted research with Prof. Roy G. Gordon at Harvard University on chemical vapor deposition for perovskite solar cell materials. Throughout her undergraduate years, she researched with Prof. Zhenan Bao at Stanford on skin-like electronic materials (biodegradable, stretchable semiconductors) and conductive polymer hydrogels. She also researched for one summer with Prof. Bert Meijer at the Eindhoven University of Technology on supramolecular polymers for helical actuators. Kathy was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research smart materials with Prof. Ben Feringa and joined the lab in September 2021.