About the PhD Day
We are excited to announce the second edition of the ICIQ PhD Day, an event designed for and by ICIQ PhD students featuring interesting invited conferences, flash presentations and poster and networking sessions. It will take place at ICIQ on the 31st May and 1st June 2018.
The number of poster/flash presentations is limited by time and space constraints (30 posters, 20 flash presentations). Preference will be given to those who register first, but in order to balance the scientific program we aim to include presentations from as many groups as possible. Funding for poster printing is available if required.
Dr. Eugenia Martínez (EURECAT)
Eugenia carried out her PhD in molecular magnetism under the supervision of Prof. Coronado and Dr. Galan-Mascaros at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMoL) in Valencia. She then moved to the lab of Prof. Sanchez at the UPMC in Paris to study the properties of titanium and zirconium oxoclusters and mesoporous films. After 3 years, she joined the group of Dr. Palomares at ICIQ where she collaborated in the research of solar cells and hybrid light emitting diodes prepared with inorganic nanoparticles and/or films. Six years ago, she moved to Eurecat, the technological center of Catalonia, where she leads the Photonic line in the Printed Electronics group. Her actual research is focused in the optimization and industrialization of optoelectronic devices.
Dr. Ignacio Funes (ICIQ)
Ignacio was born in Tudela, Spain, in 1991. He received his PhD from ICIQ in September, 2017 in the group of Prof. F. Maseras. He is temporarily working as postdoctoral researcher in the same group. During the doctoral studies, he worked three months as visiting student in the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. R. S. Paton. His research is focused on the DFT computational study of homogeneous redox processes, especially on the oxidative coupling reactions and the water oxidation catalysis. In addition, he is constantly involved in different science outreach activities. He won the first prize of the contest “Do you want to know what I’m investigating?”organized by the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) in 2015. He also won the ‘Environment’ prize in “We are scientists” in 2016 and launched a YouTube channel.
Dr. Gerald Metselaar (BASF)
Gerald is senior product development scientist at BASF in Heerenveen, where waterborne polymeric binders for the printing and packaging industry are developed and produced. After obtaining his MSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente in the group of professor Reinhoudt, Gerald obtained his PhD-degree in polymer- and supramolecular chemistry in the group of professor Nolte at the University of Nijmegen. Following an extended post-doctoral stay with professor de Mendoza at the ICIQ, he moved to industry as research scientist in supramolecular hydrogelators at BioMade Technology. In june 2011, Gerald joined BASF in Heerenveen.
Dr. Alfons Nonell-Canals (Mind the Byte)
Alfons is a specialist in Computer-Aided Drug Design, in the development of such software, and in large-scale chemical and biological analyses. After completing his BSc in Pharmacy at Universitat de Barcelona, he joined Prof. Feliu Maseras´s group at ICIQ to perform the MSc and PhD studies in Computational Chemistry in collaboration with Dr. Jordi Villà-Freixa from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. After some post-doc sessions in Chemogenomics, he decided to establish Mind the Byte, a bioinformatics company, to achieve the synergy between his experience and modern Artificial Intelligence and cloud computing techniques for the development of better and safer drugs. In addition, he is currently a board member of the CataloniaBio & HealthTech.
Dr. Marçal Capdevila (Nature Catalysis)
Marçal joined Nature Research in October 2017 as an Associate Editor for Nature Catalysis, where he handles topics across the fields of heterogeneous catalysis and computational modeling, including electrocatalysis and the more physical and materials chemistry aspects of catalysis. Before joining Nature Research, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), focusing his research on the catalytic properties of reducible oxides. Marçal got his PhD in chemistry from the University of Barcelona in 2014, devoted to the study of organic radicals and non-covalent interactions. He also carried out research at University College London, Georgia Institute of Technology, The University of Strasbourg, and The University of Utah.
Dr. Lorena Tomás (ICIQ)
Lorena was born in a little town in Teruel called Andorra. She studied chemistry at Universidad de Zaragoza and was an Erasmus student at University of Bath (UK). She loved this city and decided to stay to do her PhD in bioinorganic chemistry under the supervision of Randolf Köhn. Then, she moved to Cambridge to work in the Royal Society of Chemistry as a scientific editor for several portfolio of journals. After nearly 8 years living in the UK, she decided to come back to Spain to work as a Science Communicator at ICIQ. Nowadays, she manages the Research Projects Department working with a fabulous team.
The Best Oral Communication and Best Poster Presentation will be recognised with an award, selected by the speakers and the organising committee.