Olumide is presently a Research Fellow at INL. His research focus is synthesis, functionalization and characterization of inorganic and hybrid nanocatalysts for clean energy technology applications. Prior to joining INL, he was a Senior Lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia. During his Postdoctoral study he was a visiting Research Scientist to the Clean Energy Research Center, University of Yamanashi, Kofu, Japan. He is presently founding Associate Editor of Malaysian Journal of Catalysis and Editorial Member of The Open Materials Science Journal. He received his PhD, MSc, BEng from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, University of Science Malaysia and Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria, respectively.
Jenni Jarju is a postdoctoral researcher. She has obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the Magnus Ehrnrooth foundation (Finland) in 2018. She joined INL in July 2018 where she is involved in the preparation of porous organic cages (POCs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for catalysis applications. Her research will be focused on design and synthesis of metallophthalocyanine-based POCs and COFs which can be used as catalysts in industrially important reactions, such as N-alkylation of amines with alcohols. She carried out her PhD research in the group of Prof. H. Lemmetyinen at Tampere University of Technology (Finland) studying design, synthesis and characterization of phthalocyanines, and phthalocyanine-fullerene dyads.
Natália joined INL in September 2018 as a Research Fellow and she is working on the functionalization of nanomaterials to mitigate the impact of the biofouling in membrane-based water treatment technology. Natália has a graduation in Biochemistry and MSc degree in Chemical Analysis and Characterisation Techniques from University of Minho. Natália did her PhD in the field of nanomedicine, working on the preparation and characterization of drug delivery systems based on zeolite structures to be used in breast and colorectal cancer treatment at the University of Minho and Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires – University of Strasbourg.
Soraia joined INL in May 2016 to work on the development of nanoporous materials (COFs – covalent organic frameworks) through the self-assembly of building blocks for the adsorption of waterborne toxins. At INL, she is a member of both the Nanochemistry Research Group and the Water Quality Group. She has a graduation in Biochemistry and a Master degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Minho (Portugal). During her Master’s thesis she worked on the synthesis of novel heterocyclic aromatic compounds (imidazole, and purine derivatives), their characterization and antiproliferative activity evaluation in cell line of colorectal cancer.
Orlando joined INL in July 2017 to work on the development of nanoporous materials (COFs – covalent organic frameworks) through self-assembly of building blocks. At INL, he works in close collaboration with the Nanochemistry group. He has a graduation in Chemistry and a Master degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Minho (Portugal). During his Master thesis he worked on the synthesis of new pyridine based ligands for luminescent lanthanide complexes and in the study of their photophysical properties.
Viviana joined INL in April 2017 to work on the development of nanoinks for photovoltaics integrating the project “Large-scale printing of novel photovoltaics based on Cu(In,Ga)Se(2) chalcopyrite” (PrintPV). She has a MSc in Environmental Engineering from Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). During her Master’s thesis she worked on perovskite solar cells fabrication, optimization and characterization at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE). She has also experience in outreach activities related with environmental and engineering awareness.
Bruna joined INL in 2017 to work on her PhD at the University of Minho and INL on Novel printable photovoltaic systems based on Cu(In,Ga)Se(2) chalcopyrite.
She has degree in Chemistry and a Master degree in Characterization Techniques and Chemical Analysis both obtained at University of Minho. During her master thesis, she worked on the development of printed piezoresistive sensors, using chemical and physical characterization, screen and spray printing techniques and fabricating piezoresistive sensors prototypes.
Rajesh has joined INL in March 2019 as a Junior Fellow in the Nanochemistry Group. His work mainly focuses on purification of indoor air by developing a product with nano sized layered coatings of photocatalytic materials. He was involved in assessing droughts and desertification at National Institute of Hydrology, India. He has completed his masters in environmental science and engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad, India. For his master’s thesis he worked on full solar spectrum harnessing photocatalyst for degradation of emerging pollutants in water. He has also completed his bachelor’s in civil engineering and worked as a structural designer before opting to enter environmental sciences.
Niklas is a visiting PhD student from Technical University of Denmark (DTU) staying at INL from April 2019 until the end of June 2019. In his PhD project, he is synthesizing heterogeneous catalysts with single-atom metal sites for catalytic applications. During his stay at INL, he works with covalent organic frameworks (COFs), which are an excellent candidate to create single-atom metal sites and apply them for catalysis. His education started with a bachelor degree from University of Copenhagen in inorganic chemistry (2015) followed by a master degree at the Technical University of Denmark in heterogeneous catalysis under the supervision of Prof. Søren Kegnæs (2017). He continued in the same group as a PhD student.