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Célia Achaibou
Célia ACHAIBOU Alumni (PhD Student 2016-2019)

Célia grew up in Algeria and came to France right after high school to continue her studies. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Chemistry at Université Paris Diderot. She made her PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Elodie Anxolabéhère Mallart and works about electrochemical O2 reductive activation using Fe bioinspired complexe.
Outside of lab she enjoys reading, travelling, hiking and camping.

Célia defended her PhD with success on November 14th, 2019.

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Célia ACHAIBOU Alumni (PhD Student 2016-2019)
Elodie Anxolabéhère-Mallart
Elodie ANXOLABEHERE-MALLART CNRS Senior Researcher / LEM Director

Elodie received her Ph.D in Molecular Electrochemistry from the University Paris 7 Diderot in 1991.
She was appointed CNRS researcher at UMR 8182-ICMMO University Paris-Sud-P11 (1992-2008) where she first got interested in artificial photosynthesis and started to work on OEC structural and functional models complexes focusing on electrochemical and spectroscopic investigations of reactive species such as M-oxo and M-peroxo intermediates (M = Mn, Fe).
She was visiting researcher at Stanford University (1997-1999) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (1998-1999) where she had the opportunity to study both natural and model systems using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy.
In 2008 she joined the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Moléculaire UMR 7591. Her research focus on electrochemical and spectroscopic studies of reactive species involved in O2 or CO2 activation using transition metal complexes (Mn, Fe, Co). Particular attention is given to electrochemical activation of O2 using biomimetic Fe catalysts for selective and efficient organic substrate oxidation.
She is currently Research Director at CNRS and head of the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Moléculaire UMR7591.

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Elodie ANXOLABEHERE-MALLART CNRS Senior Researcher / LEM Director
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Jaya BHARTI PhD Student (2020-2023)

Jaya was born in Patna, India. She completed her graduation from the University of Delhi in 2018 with B.Sc. degree in Chemistry. Then she joined Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar where she completed her MSc in Chemistry in 2020. During her MSc, she worked under the supervision of Prof. Arnab Dutta and her thesis work mainly focused on exploring the photocatalytic Hydrogen production by Ruthenium Polypyridine and Cobalt complexes assemblies.

Jaya joined LEM in December 2020 and currently she is working with Prof. Marc Robert on metal cooperativity for visible-light driven carbon dioxide reduction with new photosensitizers and catalysts.

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Jaya BHARTI PhD Student (2020-2023)
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Antoine BOHN Postdoctoral Fellow

Antoine (born 1990 in Strasbourg, France) obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the Université de Strasbourg and received his MSc at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan. After having been a physics-chemistry teacher for one year, he did his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry at the Université Paris-Saclay under the supervision of Pr. Frédéric Banse and Dr. Katell Sénéchal-David (2015-2018). He then worked for two years as a post-doctoral with Dr. Laurence Grimaud at the Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Ulm, developing Palladium-based catalysts in collaboration with Janssen pharmaceutica. He joined the REACTE group as a postdoctoral fellow in december 2020.

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Antoine BOHN Postdoctoral Fellow
Julien Bonin
Julien BONIN Associate Professor of Chemistry / LEM Deputy Director

Julien Bonin pursued his graduate studies at the Université Paris-Sud XI, France (now Université Paris-Saclay) where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 in the field of Molecular Physical Chemistry, working with Prof. Mehran Mostafavi on the femtosecond spectroscopy of solvated electrons.
He then joined the Radiation Laboratory of the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) for a year, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on the study of hydroxyl radical reactivity in supercritical water by pulse radiolysis with Prof. David M. Bartels.
Since 2006, he is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Université de Paris (formerly Université Paris Diderot), getting his Research Habilitation (HDR) in 2016.
He has been a Visiting Scientist at the Chemistry Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) during the spring of 2010, working with Prof. Daniel G. Nocera.
He is Director of Studies of the Bachelor of Chemistry (350 students) at Université de Paris since 2012, Deputy Director of the Education Division of the French Chemical Society since 2019, and Deputy Director of the Laboratoire d'Electrochimie Moléculaire since late 2020.
His current research interests include photoinduced electron and proton-coupled electron transfers as well as photoinduced catalysis with molecule and materials, with a special focus on CO2 conversion.

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Julien BONIN Associate Professor of Chemistry / LEM Deputy Director
Benjamin Boudy
Benjamin BOUDY Alumni (PhD Student 2017-2020)

Benjamin did his undergraduate studies in organic, inorganic and supramolecular chemistry at University Paris Descartes. During this time, he also did internship at Yale University (Prof. Jim Mayer Lab) working on Proton Coupled Electron Transfer processes. During his PhD, he was investigating the activation of CO2 in order to build an efficient electrolyser for CO production.
Benjamin graduated on Friday, January 15th, 2021. He is now working as an engineer at Fairbrics, a young start-up company.

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Benjamin BOUDY Alumni (PhD Student 2017-2020)
Etienne Boutin
Etienne BOUTIN Alumni (PhD student 2016-2019 + Postdoctoral Fellow 2019-2020)

Etienne is from Brie-Comte-Robert, a small city near Paris. He first got an engineering degree in civil engineering from INSA, Toulouse and worked a few years, managing projects in this field.
But his hunger for fundamental sciences brought him back to university, at Paris Diderot where he graduated in Chemistry for Energy. He made his undergraduate work under supervision of Dr. Julien Bonin in the laboratoire d’électrochimie moléculaire of the same university on the fabrication of Cu2O based photoelectrode for carbon dioxide reduction. His PhD works focuses on electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide beyond two electrons with the use of cobalt catalysts.
When not at the lab he likes to backpack across the world, hike, go to the theatre or simply chill at home and play with his son.
Etienne defended his PhD with success on October 30th, 2019, he stayed in the group for a while as a postdoc and is now a postodoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering at EPFL, Switzerland.

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Etienne BOUTIN Alumni (PhD student 2016-2019 + Postdoctoral Fellow 2019-2020)
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Tamal CHATTERJEE Alumni (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2021)

Tamal Chatterjee was born in West Bengal, India and completed his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in chemistry from the University of Burdwan, West Bengal. He obtained his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. M. Ravikanth at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His doctoral research works mainly focus on the synthesis of different expanded porphyrins and exploration of their structural features.
After completing Ph.D., he had one and a half year of industry experience, working in the R&D division of an Indian tyre company. In December 2017, He was awarded a postdoctoral research grant under the ‘MAKE OUR PLANET GREAT AGAIN’ initiative of French Government. Between September 2018 and Spring 2021, Tamal jwas engaged in the development of novel porphyrin-based catalysts for the electrochemical or photochemical CO2 reduction process.
Tamal is now holding a postdoc position in the group of Prof. Palomares at Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ), Spain.

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Tamal CHATTERJEE Alumni (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2021)
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Thomas Groizard
Thomas GROIZARD Alumni (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020)

Thomas graduated with a Master degree in Molecular Chemistry from the Unversity of Rennes 1 (France). He then obtained his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Jean-François Halet and Dr. Samia Kahlal at the University of Rennes 1 in 2018, studying the structure and properties of new molecular organometallic quantum-dot cellular automata. Thomas joined the group in December 2018 for 2 years, conducting DFT calculations on the reaction mecahnism (energies, intermediates, pathways) of CO2 reduction to CH4 with iron porphyrins.
Thomas is now a postdoctoral research associate at the Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry in Czech Republic

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Thomas GROIZARD Alumni (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020)
Julian GUERRERO PhD Student (2019-2022)

Julian is from Mérida, Venezuela. He is a Chemical Engineer from Universidad de los Andes (2015) and he graduated from Université Paris Diderot in 2019 in a Master degree of Chemistry, with specialty Nanoscience and Energy. He then did an internship at the ITODYS Laboratory working on synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials for catalysis (metal nanoparticles and M.O.F.).
He is now a PhD student in a joint project with the LEM and the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France (IPVF), working on photoelectrocatalytic CO2 reduction using a CIGS solar cell system, under the supervision of Prof. Robert.

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Julian GUERRERO PhD Student (2019-2022)
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Dorian Joulié
Dorian JOULIE PhD Student (2018-2021)

Dorian earned his Master degree in Material Science from ESPCI Paris. He studied the synthesis and the characterization of polymer electrolyte for solid Li-ion batteries under the supervision of F. Tournilhac and J.-M. Tarascon.
He also graduated from STEEM Master at Ecole Polytechnique. He performed a research internship at Zinium, where he developed Zinc-Air batteries.
He joined the LEM in October 2018 to do research on the molecular catalysis of CO2 reduction in a flow cell in collaboration with the Berlinguette group at University of British Columbia (UBC, Vancouver, Canada).

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Dorian JOULIE PhD Student (2018-2021)
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Martin Kientz
Martin KIENTZ PhD Student (2018-2021)

Martin graduated from Paris Diderot University in 2018 where he did a master degree in surface modification and energy. He worked in 2017 at UNSW in Sydney under the supervision of Professor Justin Gooding. This work consisted of using nanoporous alloyed nanoparticules to study the Oxygen Reduction Reaction electrochemically.
In 2018 he worked with Pr. Kim Daasbjerg at Aarhus University in Denmark, developing hybrid materials for CO2 electroreduction in water.
Martin is now working on methane production by catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide using solar light.
His work is founded by the MARS research consortium in which french gas companies (GRDF, GRTgaz and Terega) are involded in.

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Martin KIENTZ PhD Student (2018-2021)
Nikos KOSTOPOULOS PhD Student (2018-2021)

Nikos was born in Chania, Greece. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from University of Athens, Greece, and during his bachelor thesis he worked with Professor Christiana Mitsopoulou. He then earned a Master degree in molecular chemistry from Sorbonne Université in Paris, where he worked with Sébastien Blanchard on the post-functionalization of polyoxometalates.
He started his PhD in September of 2018 under the supervision of Elodie Anxolabéhère and he is currently working on electrochemical O2 activation by Fe and Mn complexes.
Nikos holds a bachelor degree in classical piano performance.

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Nikos KOSTOPOULOS PhD Student (2018-2021)
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Grace LOWE Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2021)

Grace graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2019 as one of the first students funded by their Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry. Her thesis work, supervised by Associate Professors Darren Walsh and Graham Newton, focused on investigating the pH dependent behaviour of polyoxometalate (POM) energy storage materials by electrochemical methods. This included constructing aqueous POM redox flow batteries and voltammetry of novel carbon-nanotube encapsulated POM materials.
In 2018 Grace joined the group of Professor Carsten Streb as a postdoctoral researcher at Ulm University, Germany. There she worked with POM ionic liquids for redox flow battery applications and joined the national research program CataLight as an associate member. In collaboration with CataLight she has worked with copper-based photosensitizers, polymeric materials, inorganic water-splitting catalysts and spectroelectrochemistry.
After 2 years in Germany, Grace joined LEM in October 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Marc Robert and Julien Bonin. Her work on photochemical reactors is part of the MARS research consortium funded by GRDF, GRTgaz and Terega.

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Grace LOWE Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2021)
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Bing Ma
Bing MA PhD Student (2017-2020) Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2021)

Bing is from Henan, China. She graduated from the University of Zhengzhou in 2014 with a B.S. degree and in 2017 with an M.S. degree in Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, she participates in research projects dedicated to the design and application of clean energy polymers and crystalline materials. Under the guidance of the Professor Thomas Chung Wai Mak and Shuang-Quan Zang, then she embarked on master's study, focusing on the application of crystalline molecular functional materials in hydrogen evolution by photo and electrocatalytic water splitting. She joined the LEM in September 2017 and worked with Professor Marc Robert and Julien Bonin to investigate the artificial photosynthesis with molecular catalysts.
In her free time, she enjoys ballroom dance and visiting other cities and countries.
Bing successfully defended her PhD on Friday, December 4th, 2020 and is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Beijing University.

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Bing MA PhD Student (2017-2020) Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2021)
Daniela Mendoza
Daniela MENDOZA PhD Student (2018-2021)

Daniela grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. She earned a B.S in Chemistry from Simón Bolívar University. During her undergraduate studies she worked with Professor José Manuel Domínguez-Vera at the University of Granada and studied ferroxidase activity of ferritin. She moved to Paris in 2016 to attend the international Master program Frontiers in Chemistry (Université Paris Descarte. Then she joined the Laboratoire de Chimie des processus biologiques at College de France conducting synthesis and characterization of (bis)-dithiolene complexes and the Laboratoire ITODYS at the Université Paris Diderot, where she studied nanohybrid systems. Her project, conducted between the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Moléculaire-LEM and Synchrotron SOLEIL, aims for the development of time-resolved X-Ray spectroelectrochemistry for the study of CO2 reduction reaction mechanisms. She is currently a third year PhD student.

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Daniela MENDOZA PhD Student (2018-2021)
Lydia Merakeb
Lydia MERAKEB PhD Student (2017-2020) Postdoc (2020-2021)

Lydia grew up in Algeria. She completed a B.Sc. in physical chemistry followed by a M.Sc. in Electrochemistry, Energy and Nanomaterials at Université Paris Diderot. Her research project deals with electrochemical activation and functionalization of conductive materials such as ITO and glassy carbon. Lydia joined the group in October 2017. During her PhD, her project were focused on multi-electron/multi-proton transfer processes electrochemical activation of N2 using transition metal complexes.
Outside of the lab, Lydia enjoys cycling and cooking.
Lydia successfully defended her PhD on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020. She is now a postdoctoral researcher in the group.

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Lydia MERAKEB PhD Student (2017-2020) Postdoc (2020-2021)
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Jeanne PARIS Intern (2021)

Jeanne is a student at ESCOM (Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale), Compiègne, with major on formulation and materials. She joined the group late May to explore new tracks in the photochemical reduction of CO2 with molecules and materials.

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Jeanne PARIS Intern (2021)
Srinivasulu PARSHAMONI Postdoctoral Fellow (2021-2022)

Sri was born in Telangana, India. He was completed his M.Sc. Chemistry (2011) at the University of Pondicherry, India. Subsequently, he joined IISER Bhopal for Ph.D. (2016) under the supervision of Dr. Sanjit Konar. He worked on Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for Heterogeneous Catalysis and gas adsorption applications. In 2016, he joined as a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Kimoon Kim, POSTECH, South Korea, and worked on 2D MOF-based nanosheets for electrical applications. Later, he moved to the University Paris-Sud (2018) with Prof. Talal Mallah and worked on 2D MOFs-based nanosheets for magnetic applications. Then, he moved to Institute Lavoisier de Versailles (2019) with Dr. Eddy Dumas and worked on the covalent functionalization of electrodes by MOFs for the electrochemical detection of metal ions.
In 2021, he joined the REACTE group as a postdoctoral fellow, funded by the DIM RESPORE network, where he is engaged in the development of Cat@MOF hybrid systems for the photochemical reduction of CO2.

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Srinivasulu PARSHAMONI Postdoctoral Fellow (2021-2022)
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Heng RAO Alumni (PhD Student 2015-2018)

Heng RAO achieved his PhD, with the financial support of the China Scolarship Council, under the supervision of Julien BONIN and Marc ROBERT on the photochemical conversion of CO2.
Heng defended his PhD with success on September 18th, 2018.
Heng RAO is now Associate Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis & Preparative Chemistry, Jilin University, P.R. China

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Heng RAO Alumni (PhD Student 2015-2018)
Orestes Rivada-Wheelagan
Orestes RIVADA-WHEELAGHAN MOPGA Junior Researcher

Orestes (born 1985 in Seville, Spain), obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Oviedo and received his MSc and Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry at the University of Seville in Spain, under the supervision of Dr. Salvador Conejero.
He later worked for two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Milstein’s Lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel). There, he developed iron-based green homogeneous catalysis.
Before his arrival to LEM, Orestes has been working as a JSPS Fellow and Staff Scientist at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Japan), where he designed and developed hetero-multimetallic complexes to promote meta–metal cooperation in bond activation and catalysis.

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Orestes RIVADA-WHEELAGHAN MOPGA Junior Researcher
Marc ROBERT Professor of Chemistry / Group Leader

Marc Robert was educated at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris-Saclay, France) and gained his Ph.D. in 1995 from Paris Diderot University under the guidance of Claude Andrieux and Jean-Michel Saveant.
After a postdoctoral stay at Ohio State University (USA) with Matthew Platz, he joined the faculty at Paris Diderot University as Associate Professor. He was promoted to Professor in 2004 and was awarded the French Chemical Society prize (physical chemistry) in 2006.
He became a Junior Fellow of the University Institute of France in 2007 and a Senior Fellow in 2017. He was a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Research Fellow in 2015 and received the first international prize Essential Molecules Challenge from Air Liquide in 2016. Recently, he was awarded the Chemistry and Energy Prize from the French Chemical Society (2019) and a National Innovation Prize (i-lab contest, 2021). His interests include electrochemical, photochemical, and theoretical approaches of electron transfer reactions and reactivity in all facets of chemistry, as well as catalytic activation of small molecules, in particular CO2 and N2.
Since November 2020, he is the CSO of Carboneo, a start-up company that aims to develop CO2 electrolyzers.

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Anandi SRINIVASAN Alumni (Postdoctoral Fellow 2020)

Anandi obtained her B.S. in Polymer Science at the University of Delhi, India. She then joined the European Erasmus Mundus Master program in Functional Advanced Materials and Engineering (FAME) between the University of Augsburg (Germany) and University of Bordeaux (France) and graduated with the dual master’s degree in 2014.
She obtained her Ph.D at the University of Bordeaux under the guidance of Dr. Elizabeth A. Hillard and Dr. Rodolphe Clérac, investigating the structures and magnetic properties of extended metal atom chains.
After a post-doctoral stint at the University of Ottawa (Canada), she joined the REACTE group as a postdoctoral fellow where she was engaged in the development of transition metal complexes for CO2 reduction. She is currently a postdoctoral associate at Sorbonne Université (IPCM Institute).

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Anandi SRINIVASAN Alumni (Postdoctoral Fellow 2020)
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Kristian Torbensen
Kristian TORBENSEN Alumni (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2021)

Kristian grew up in Hjerting, Denmark, where he immensely exploited the opportunities for sailing, fishing and outdoor adventures.
After graduating as MSc. in surface electrochemistry from Aarhus University, Denmark, in 2011, and working there for two years as a research assistant, he moved to Paris to obtain his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
Soon after graduating in 2016, he continued his scientific career as a postdoctoral researcher at the "BIONANO" group at Laboratoire d'Electrochimie Moléculaire, Université Paris Diderot, investigating electron transport at the nanoscale in catalytic biomacromolecular systems using AFM-SECM.
In 2018, Kristian joined the "REACTE" group within the same laboratory, now as an industrial postdoctoral researcher in collaboration with Air Liquide, to set up a lab-scale test plant for the electrocatalytic CO2-to-CO conversion by implementing earth abundant metal-organic ligand molecular catalysts in a flow cell electrolyzer.
Kristian came back to Denmark (Aarhus University) during summer 2021.

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Kristian TORBENSEN Alumni (Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2021)
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Niklas VON WOLFF CNRS Researcher

Niklas obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Zurich and continued his Master at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. In 2013, he started his PhD under the guidance of Dr. Thibault Cantat and Dr. Jean-Claude Berthet at the French Alternative and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Saclay, working on Frustrated Lewis Pairs and CO2 reduction. After a one year industrial postdoc with Prof. Marc Robert and Prof. Jean-Michel Savéant at LEM/Air liquid, he joined the group of Prof. David Milstein at the Weizmann Institute of Science as a IASH postdoc fellow, working on the elucidation of reaction mechanisms of metal-ligand cooperative systems using a dual theoretical and experimental approach. Beginning of 2019, he joined the “REACTE” team at the University Paris Diderot as a CNRS researcher, working on projects at the interface of organometallic catalysis, electrochemistry and DFT calculations.

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Niklas VON WOLFF CNRS Researcher
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Fuhuan Wang
Fuhuan WANG Alumni (Joint PhD Student 2019)

Fuhuan grew up in Beijing, China. He graduated from Sichuan University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Technology (2015) and obtained the M.S. degree in Applied Chemistry (2018). Then he continued his PhD thesis in Sichuan University and works with Prof. Heping Xie on CO2 electrochemical reduction.
Fuhuan joined the group in 2019 as joint PhD and works with Prof. Marc Robert on “Electrocatalysis of CO2 reduction by hybrid catalysts”. He came back to China in October 2020.

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Fuhuan WANG Alumni (Joint PhD Student 2019)
Min Wang
Min WANG Alumni (PhD Student 2016-2019)

Min was born in Shandong, China, and was a student at the Shandong Normal University where she graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Applied Chemistry. She then moved to Shandong University, where she worked with Prof. Weiliu Fan and got an M.S. degree (2016) in Inorganic Chemistry. Her graduate work was focused on “The Structure Adjustment of Zn-based Photocatalyst and the Synergy Effect in Photocatalytic Applications”. She joined the LEM group in 2016 and works with Prof. Marc Robert on “Hybrid Systems Comprising Cobalt Complexes for Highly Efficient Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 in Water”.
Min loves traveling and sports like swimming, running, tennis and ping pong.
Min defended her PhD with success on October 31st, 2019 and is now a postdoctoral research associate at Laboratory of Nanochemistry for Energy at EPFL, Switzerland.

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Min WANG Alumni (PhD Student 2016-2019)
Ruwen Wang
Ruwen WANG PhD Student (2018-2021)

Ruwen get a B.S. degree in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology. She then performed graduate studies at Shanghai University studying Inorganic Chemistry under the guidance of Dengsong Zheng. Ruwen joined the group in the fall of 2018. She is developing photoelectrodes for CO2 reduction.

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Ruwen WANG PhD Student (2018-2021)