Principal Investigator – Dr Christian Nielsen
Christian received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark in 2004. He has since held academic and industrial research positions in the US and the UK. He joined Queen Mary University of London in 2016 as a Materials Research Institute Fellow. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry within the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Dr Raymundo Marcial Hernandez
Raymundo Marcial Hernandez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2012 working on catalyst synthesis of iron complexes. He completed his MSc in Chemistry at the Institute of Research in Materials, UNAM (Mexico) in 2014, where worked on polymer synthesis for gas permeation membranes. After his masters he joined to the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico) as research assistant focussing in superacid catalyst polymer synthesis. He finished his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Michael L. Turner at the University of Manchester (UK) in 2020, where he worked in the development of new synthetic routes to obtain conjugated polymer nanoparticles and their application onto electronic devices. Currently he joined Dr. Nielsen’s group to collaborate in the development of novel conjugated polymers for organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) applications.
4th Year PhD Student – Christina Kousseff
Christina was born and raised in Winchester, Hampshire. After discovering a love for all things scientific at school, she went on to complete her BSc in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Exeter. Following this, she made the move to focus on synthetic chemistry and spent a year obtaining her MRes working on indigo-based conjugated polymers for biological imaging at University College London. In keeping with her biological and materials-based background, she is now working on the synthesis of conjugated materials for bioelectronic applications.
3rd Year PhD Student – William Neal
William was born in Torquay, Devon. His formative years overlapped between Potters Bar in Hertfordshire and Paignton in Devon. In 2016, William graduated from Plymouth University with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Chemistry. William joined the Nielsen Research group in 2018, whilst undertaking a MSc in Chemical Research at QMUL. After completing his Masters, he decided to undertake a co-supervised PhD with the Nielsen and Palma Research groups. Currently, William is focusing on synthesising functionalised semiconducting polymers for flexible point of care devices.
2nd Year PhD Student – Roman Halaksa
Roman was born in the Slovak city Žilina. He obtained a bachelor degree from the Brno University of Technology and a master degree from the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, where he worked on liquid crystals with potential use in photovoltaics. Subsequently, he worked for one year at Queen Mary University of London as a research assistant, where he worked on the synthesis and characterization of organic polymers for organic electrochemical transistors and now continues his research as a Ph.D. student.
2nd Year PhD Student – Simiao Yu
Simiao was born in Dalian, China. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2015. In 2018, she graduated from Nanjing Tech University with a master degree in materials engineering working on non-fullerene acceptors for organic solar cells. Now she is working on synthesising materials for bioelectronic applications.
Past Group Members
Thénina Oulouna (MSc internship 2021)
Matthew Rayner (RSC Undergraduate Research Bursary 2021)
Peter Finn (PhD 10/2017-03/2021; Postdoc 03/2021-07/2021)
Birannavi Thiyagarajah (MSci 2020-2021)
Simran Sohal (BSc 2020-2021)
Zachary Parr (PhD 10/2016-07/2020; Postdoc 08/2020-12/2020)
Wenxi Huang (MSc 2019-2020)
Philisha Reid-Kanon (MSci 2019-2020)
Muhammad Marouf (MSci 2019-2020)
Hannah Wood (BSc 2019-2020)
Josh Kiddey (BSc 2019-2020)
Lorena Alonso Marañón (Postdoc 09/2018-10/2019)
Jorge Borges González (Postdoc 01/2018-08/2019)
Frini Taifakou (MRes (Distinction) 2018-2019)
Yasser Zaffar (MSci 2018-2019)
Meng Wang (Postdoc 09/2017-11/2018)
Hussain Thoha (MSci 2017-2018)
Asha Hersi (MSci 2017-2018)
Benjamin Poggi (MSc internship 2017)
Ellasia Tan (MSci 2016-2017)
Folusho Balogun (MSci 2016-2017)