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Biographies of our newest board members

Sarit Agasti Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India
Sarit received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Calcutta, in 2003 and then his Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2005. Sarit went on to receive his PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst under the supervision of Professor Vincent M. Rotello. Since his PhD, he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at both the Massachusetts General hospital-Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University working with Professor Ralph Weissleder and Professor Peng Yin, respectively. Sarit has now returned to India and is working as a Faculty fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. His lab is interested in engineering small molecules and programmable molecular materials to address challenges in bioimaging, specifically in super-resolution microscopy. Some of his previously published work in Royal Society of Chemistry journals is below.

A photoactivatable drug–caged fluorophore conjugate allows direct quantification of intracellular drug transport
Sarit S. Agasti, Ashley M. Laughney, Rainer H. Kohler and Ralph Weissleder
Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 11050-11052, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC46089D

Direct photopatterning of light-activated gold nanoparticles
Chandramouleeswaran Subramani, Xi Yu, Sarit. S. Agasti, Bradley Duncan, Serkan Eymur, Murat Tonga and Vincent M. Rotello
J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 14156-14158, DOI: 10.1039/C1JM11035G

Athina Anastasaki Warwick University, UK
Athina received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She then undertook a PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Professor David Haddleton. Athina is currently a Monash-Warwick Alliance Research Fellow in the research groups of Professor David Haddleton and Professor Thomas Davis, focusing on controlled living radical polymerization methods, mechanistic studies, photochemistry and sequence-controlled polymers. Some of her recently published work in Royal Society of Chemistry journals is below.

Photo-induced living radical polymerization of acrylates utilizing a discrete copper(II)–formate complex
Athina Anastasaki, Vasiliki Nikolaou, Francesca Brandford-Adams, Gabit Nurumbetov, Qiang Zhang, Guy J. Clarkson, David J. Fox, Paul Wilson, Kristian Kempe and David M. Haddleton
Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 5626-5629, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09916H

Photoinduced sequence-control via one pot living radical polymerization of acrylates
Athina Anastasaki, Vasiliki Nikolaou, George S. Pappas, Qiang Zhang, Chaoying Wan, Paul Wilson, Thomas P. Davis, Michael R. Whittaker and David M. Haddleton
Chem. Sci., 2014,5, 3536-3542, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC01374C

Robert Chapman Imperial College London, UK
Robert received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New South Wales and then spent a year as an Associate Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group before returning to academia to complete his PhD at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professors Sébastien Perrier and Katrina Jolliffe. Since his PhD, Robert has been based at Imperial College London as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Professor Molly Stevens on nanoparticle based biosensors and polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering. Some of his recently published work in Royal Society of Chemistry journals is below.

Synthesis and self-assembly of temperature-responsive copolymers based on N-vinylpyrrolidone and triethylene glycol methacrylate
Coline Jumeaux, Robert Chapman, Rona Chandrawati and Molly M. Stevens
Polym. Chem., 2015,6, 4116-4122 , DOI: 10.1039/C5PY00483G

Structure elucidation and control of cyclic peptide-derived nanotube assemblies in solution
Robert Chapman, Ming Liang Koh, Gregory G. Warr, Katrina A. Jolliffe and Sébastien Perrier
Chem. Sci., 2013,4, 2581-2589,DOI: 10.1039/C3SC00064H

Chaohua Cui Soochow University, China
Chaohua received his Bachelor’s degree from the Beijing Institute of technology in 2009 and then went on to receive his Master’s degree from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2011. Chaohua completed his PhD in 2014 from the Hong Kong Baptist University under the supervision of Professor Wai-Yeung Wong. Since his PhD, Chaohua has been working at Soochow University investigating organic solar cells. Some of his recent publications in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are below.

Cooperative assembly of an active layer utilizing the synergistic effect of a functional fullerene triad as an acceptor for efficient P3HT-based PSCs
Yue Zhao, Guiying Xu, Xia Guo, Yijun Xia, Chaohua Cui, Maojie Zhang, Bo Song, Yaowen Li and Yongfang Li
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 17991-18000, DOI: 10.1039/C5TA03801D

Improvement of open-circuit voltage and photovoltaic properties of 2D-conjugated polymers by alkylthio substitution
Chaohua Cui, Wai-Yeung Wong and Yongfang Li
Energy Environ. Sci., 2014,7, 2276-2284, DOI: 10.1039/C4EE00446A

Rebecca Gieseking Northwestern University, USA
Rebecca received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Furman University; she then went on to receive her PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology under the supervision of Professor Jean-Luc Brédas. Rebecca is now a Postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University working with Professors George Schatz and Mark Ratner researching photoinduced electron transfer in plasmonic systems. Some of Rebecca’s previous publications in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are below.

Polymethine materials with solid-state third-order optical susceptibilities suitable for all-optical signal-processing applications
Stephen Barlow, Jean-Luc Brédas, Yulia A. Getmanenko, Rebecca L. Gieseking, Joel M. Hales, Hyeongeu Kim, Seth R. Marder, Joseph W. Perry, Chad Risko and Yadong Zhang
Mater. Horiz., 2014,1, 577-581, DOI: 10.1039/C4MH00068D

Complementary halogen and hydrogen bonding: sulfur⋯iodine interactions and thioamideribbons
Hadi D. Arman, Rebecca L. Gieseking, Timothy W. Hanks and William T. Pennington
Chem. Commun., 2010,46, 1854-1856, DOI: 10.1039/B925710A

Peter Korevaar Harvard University, USA
Peter received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Eindhoven University of Technology before also completing his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology under the supervision of Professor E. W. Meijer in 2014. Since his PhD Peter has been a Postdoctoral researcher at both Eindhoven University of Technology and more recently at Harvard University working with Professor J. Aizenberg researching the development of adaptive materials. Some of his recent publications in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are below.

The influence of π-conjugated moieties on the thermodynamics of cooperatively self-assembling tricarboxamides
Fátima García, Peter A. Korevaar, Arno Verlee, E. W. Meijer, Anja R. A. Palmans and Luis Sánchez
Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 8674-8676, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC43845G

Small sized perylene-bisimide assemblies controlled by both cooperative and anti-cooperative assembly processes
Rob van der Weegen, Peter A. Korevaar, Panayiotis Voudouris, Ilja K. Voets, Tom F. A. de Greef, Jef A. J. M. Vekemans and E. W. Meijer
Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 5532-5534, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC41636D

John Labram University of California at Santa Barbara, USA
John received his Undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Warwick and then went on to receive his PhD in Solid State Physics from Imperial College London under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Anthopoulos. John took a break from research for 18 months working for the Royal Bank of Scotland before returning to research at Imperial College London in 2013. Since the end of 2014, John has been an Elings Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara working on organometal halide perovskite devices. Some of his recent publications in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are below.

Distinguishing the influence of structural and energetic disorder on electron transport in fullerene multi-adducts
Florian Steiner, Samuel Foster, Arthur Losquin, John Labram, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Jarvist M. Frost and Jenny Nelson
Mater. Horiz., 2015,2, 113-119, DOI: 10.1039/C4MH00173G

Synthesis of tetraselenophenoporphyrazine and its application in transistor devices
Munazza Shahid, Nafeezah Padamsey, John Labram, Thomas D. Anthopoulos and Martin Heeney
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2013,1, 6198-6201, DOI: 10.1039/C3TC31584C

Tian-Yi Ma University of Adelaide, Australia
Tian-Yi received both his Bachelor’s degree and PhD from Nankai University in 2008 and 2013, respectively. Since 2013 Tian-Yi has been at the University of Adelaide in the School of Chemical Engineering, as an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA) fellow, developing high-performance electrocatalysts in metal-air batteries and water splitting devices on the basis of organic polymer, carbon, transition-metal, metal-organic framework materials. Some of his recent publications in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are below.

Porous P-doped graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets for synergistically enhanced visible-light photocatalytic H2 production
Run Jing Ran, Tian Yi Ma, Guoping Gao, Xiwen Du and Shizhang Qiao
Energy Environ. Sci., 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5EE02650D

Mesoporous MnCo2O4 with abundant oxygen vacancy defects as high-performance oxygen reduction catalysts
Tian Yi Ma, Yao Zheng, Sheng Dai, Mietek Jaroniec and Shi Zhang Qiao
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014,2, 8676-8682, DOI: 10.1039/C4TA01672F

Jaime Martín Perez Imperial College London, UK
Jaime received his Bachelor’s degree in 2005 from the University of the Basque Country before receiving his PhD from the Institute of Polymer Science, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in 2010. Since his PhD, Jaime he was a research associate at both the National Centre for Microelectronics, CSIC and Imperial College London, where he is now a Maria Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow working on confinement effects in polymer materials and solution processing of organic photonic crystals. Some of his previous publications in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are below.

Decrease in thermal conductivity in polymeric P3HT nanowires by size-reduction induced by crystal orientation: new approaches towards thermal transport engineering of organic materials
Miguel Muñoz Rojo, Jaime Martín, Stéphane Grauby, Theodorian Borca-Tasciuc, Stefan Dilhaire and Marisol Martin-Gonzalez
Nanoscale, 2014,6, 7858-7865, DOI: 10.1039/C4NR00107A

The use of PEEK nanorod arrays for the fabrication of nanoporous surfaces under high temperature: SiNx example
Jaime Martín and Marisol Martín-González
Nanoscale, 2012,4, 5608-5613 DOI: 10.1039/C2NR30885A

Troy Townsend St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA
Troy received his Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Biology from St Mary’s College of Maryland; he then spent a year as a High School Chemistry teacher before completing his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Frank Osterloh in 2012. Troy spent two years as a Postdoctoral fellow at the US Naval Research Laboratory before returning to St Mary’s College of Maryland as a visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry as well as researching solution processing of nanocrystal electronics. Some of Troy’s recent publications in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are below.

Safer salts for CdTe nanocrystal solution processed solar cells: the dual roles of ligand exchange and grain growth
Troy K. Townsend, William B. Heuer, Edward E. Foos, Eric Kowalski, Woojun Yoon and Joseph G. Tischler
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015,3, 13057-13065, DOI: 10.1039/C5TA02488A

Fully solution processed all inorganic nanocrystal solar cells
Troy K. Townsend and Edward E. Foos
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 16458-16464, DOI: 10.1039/C4CP02403F

Daiki Umeyama Stanford University, USA
Daiki received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, as well as his PhD, from Kyoto University. Since the completion of his PhD in early 2015 he has been working as a Postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University investigating functional properties of halide hybrid perovskites. Some of Daiki’s previous publications in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are below.

Glass formation via structural fragmentation of a 2D coordination network
D. Umeyama, N. P. Funnell, M. J. Cliffe, J. A. Hill, A. L. Goodwin, Y. Hijikata, T. Itakura, T. Okubo, S. Horike and S. Kitagawa
Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 12728-12731DOI: 10.1039/C5CC04626B

Template-directed proton conduction pathways in a coordination framework
Munehiro Inukai, Satoshi Horike, Wenqian Chen, Daiki Umeyama, Tomoya Itakura and Susumu Kitagawa
J. Mater. Chem. A2014,210404-10409DOI: 10.1039/C4TA01261E

Mengye Wang Xiamen University, China
Mengye received both her Bachelor’s degree and PhD from Xiamen University under the supervision of Professor Changjian Lin. She was also a visiting PhD student at the Georgia Institute of Technology working under the supervision of Professor Zhiqun Lin, completing her PhD in early 2015. She is now researching advanced nano-materials for energy related application at Xiamen University. Some recent publications from Mengye in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are below.

An external template-free route to uniform semiconducting hollow mesospheres and their use in photocatalysis
Di Yang, Mengye Wang, Bin Zou, Gu Ling Zhang and Zhiqun Lin
Nanoscale, 2015,7, 12990-12997, DOI: 10.1039/C5NR02685G

Inorganic-modified semiconductor TiO2 nanotube arrays for photocatalysis
Mengye Wang, James Ioccozia, Lan Sun, Changjian Lin and Zhiqun Lin
Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 2182-2202, DOI: 10.1039/C4EE00147H

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