People

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Matthias Vandichel

Group leader

Matthias obtained his PhD at Ghent University in 2012. He enjoyed postdoctoral periods in Ghent University (2013-2015), IRCELYON (2015-2016), Chalmers (2016-2018) and Aalto University (2018-2019). Since Oct 2019, he holds a faculty position at the University of Limerick and lectures in Chemical Engineering (Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics; Process Control, Instrumentation and modelling; Chemical Engineering Design Methods). Matthias lectures chemical engineering modules at the University of Limerick and leads a dynamic multidisciplinary team (Materials and Catalysis Modelling group – https://macatamo-group.com). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

His main research interests are: computational materials and catalysis research, porous materials and inorganic interfaces.

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Sousa Javannikkhah

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Career-FIT PLUS Research Fellow

Sousa is developing methodologies to describe hormone delivery vesicles.

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Lakbira El Atouani

EPS-IRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Kabira is studying traditional materials used in piezo-actuators using first-principles electronic structure methods.

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Amin Koochaki

PhD student

Amin is developing methods to describe gas sorption and separation within flexible porous materials. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Zaworotko’s group and is supported by the SFI-centre AMBER.

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Apinya Ngoipala

IRC-PhD student

Apinya is developing methodologies to describe electrochemical reactions in metal-hydrides and other systems. Her IRC-project MHSVAC is related to the H2020-FETproactive HERMES project.

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Raju Lipin

IRC-PhD student

Lipin is developing methodologies to describe electrochemical reaction on carbon-based materials in the framework of his IRC-project C-BUDDY (09/2022-08/2024). Previously, Lipin has been developing methodologies to describe electrochemical reactions on metal-hydrides and other systems. His project is in collaboration with 6 other partners in Europe (H2020-FETproactive HERMES).

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Pedram Vousoughi

EPS-IRC PhD student

Pedram is developing methods to describe corrosion phenomena.

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Keshav Hibare

PhD student

Keshav is working on a project at the interface of bioinformatics, cheminformatics and molecular modelling (supervisors: Dr. Virag Sharma, Dr. Matthias Vandichel, Prof. Dr. Tewfik Soulimane).

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PhD student

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Niamh Terranova

Undergraduate student, research intern via UPSTaRT program

Niamh is studying the hydrogen evolution reaction on innovative electrocatalysts in collaboration with Raju Lipin.

Visiting Staff

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Jiri Bednar

Visiting postdoctoral researcher, Postdoc MEYS research internship (01/02/2022-30/11/2022)
VSB-TU Ostrava

Jiri is modelling a nanoparticles’ aggregation at the sublimation interface of a rapidly frozen dispersion. The main research interests are preparation and characterization of nanostructured materials and their incorporation into filtration membranes and developing new means of material testing.

Alumni and Affiliated researchers

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Ryan Lacdao Arevalo

Current position: Associate Professor, Akashi National Institute of Technology, Osaka, Japan

Marie Skłodowska-Curie PROCESS COFUND Research Fellow (2021-2022)

Ryan was developing multiscale modelling and high-throughput approaches to design novel nanoporous materials for methane activation and drug delivery systems.

Postdoctoral Researcher (2021)

For HERMES, Ryan was developing methodologies to describe electrochemical reactions in/on metal-hydrides and other systems. His project is in collaboration with 6 other partners in Europe (H2020-FETproactive HERMES).

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Venkata Surya Kumar Choutipalli

Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Baylor University, Texas, USA

Postdoctoral Researcher (2021-2022)

Surya was developing methodologies to study a variety of electrochemical reactions on metal-hydrides. The HERMES-project is in collaboration with 6 other partners in Europe (H2020-FETproactive HERMES).

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Ciara O'Sullivan

Current position: Process engineer, Merck

MSc student (2021-2022)

Ciara was developing multiscale modelling tools to design dendritic polymer-based platforms for theranostic applications, including but not limited to chemotherapeutic theranostics, biotherapeutic theranostics, phototherapeutic theranostics, and combined therapeutic theranostics.