In the past years we have been very successful with grant applications and therefore a large number of new members have joined the FYSC research group in the past weeks. We have the pleasure to briefly introduce all of them. More detailed information can be found on their respective personal profiles.
Fatma Demir obtained her PhD at FYSC in 2014, studying the phase behavior and crystallization kinetics of polymer:fullerene active layers of organic solar cells. She performed postdoctoral research for the EU H2020 MSCA Cofund Brain Circulation Scheme program in the Middle East Technical University for 3 years, after which she did 2 years of postdoctoral research in Bilkent University, focusing on the mechanochemistry, contact electrification, triboelectricity and smart & self-responsive polymers for soft-robotic systems. She returned to FYSC as a postdoctoral researcher and project manager to manage two of our EU H2020 funded projects MSCA ITN SMART and FET Open RIA SHERO co-coordinated with R&MM.
Patrick Lemougna obtained his PhD in ... at ..., for which he performed a 3-month stay at the FYSC lab. He performed postdoctoral research in New Zealand. He returned to Brussels to perform postdoctoral research on the STIFF project.
Fatemeh Sahraeeazartamar obtained her master degree in Polymer Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology Tehran in 2018. She worked in industry before starting a PhD on the optimization of electrically conductive self-healing materials for soft sensors on the FET Open RIA SHERO.
Hannelore Geeraerts obtained her master degree in Nanotechnology summa cum laude from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2020. She is pursuing a PhD on the synthesis of biopolysters by microorganisms and the subsequent characterisation of the produced materials. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Microbiology research group (MICR) at VUB.
Aleix Costa obtained his master degree in Materials Science and engineering from the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS) School of engineering and has more than two years of experience at two different multinational companies. He is pursuing a PhD on the topic of "Sustainable alternative chemistries for dynamic covalent polymer networks towards green stimuli-responsive materials" in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and Centexbel on the MSCA ITN SMART.
Francesca Furia obtained her master degree in Materials Engineering from Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in 2020, for which she performed her master thesis work at the SMaRT research group at KU Leuven on our FWO-funded AMSeR project. She is pursuing a PhD on the topic of "Dynamic covalent polymer network properties by design for additive manufacturing of self-healing robotics" in collaboration with Scuola Superiore de Sant'Anna and Suprapolix on the MSCA ITN SMART.
Aurélie Van Wylick obtained the degree of Master of Science in Architectural Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2018, after which she enrolled for the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. One year later, Aurélie took the opportunity to start PhD research on biomaterials as a follow-up of her master thesis at the Architectural Engineering Lab of the VUB. In 2020, she was awarded a strategic basic PhD fellowship by the FWO in a close collaboration between ARCH, MICR and FYSC investigating the self-healing of concrete cracks through a microbiological approach.
Marwa Eldiwiny, Seyedreza Kashef Tabrizian and Maria Pozo Esquiva will complete our team of PhD students on the MSCA ITN SMART. Marwa will work on "Development and control of autonomous self-healing soft fruit grippers" at R&MM in collaboration with Empa and Octinion and Reza will work on "Development of a self-healing soft bionic handling assistant at R&MM in collaboration with PCCL and Festo. Maria will work at Suprapolix on the "Design and synthesis of supramolecular self-healing polymers" in close collaboration with FYSC and R&MM.
Guillermo Meza Hernandez obtained his master's degree in Materias and Chemistry in the Bruface programme of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He joins the technical staff of FYSC to support the STIFF project.