Current group members:
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Dr. Adrien A. P. Chauvet, Group leader
Adrien obtained his PhD in Biophysics from Purdue University (USA, 2012) in Prof. Sergei Savikhin’s laboratory of ultrafast spectroscopy working on photosynthetic protein complexes. He then moved to Switzerland in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) under a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Majed Chergui followed by a senior postdoc position at the University of Geneva (2015) with Prof. Jean-Pierre Wolf, working on new techniques for the elucidation and control of ultrafast photo-chemical processes. In 2016 he was appointed to a lectureship in physical chemistry at the University of Sheffield.
AnnaMaria Charalambous, 2022 summer student
AnnaMaria is an international student from Cyprus. She joined the Chauvet group in 2022, under the Sheffield Undergraduate Research scheme. Her project consists in investigating intra- and intermolecular proton transfers using spectroscopy.
Dr.Alexander Auty, Postdoctpral student (2020-2022)
Alex joined the group in the summer 2020. He is currently working on graphene and graphene-based materials, with the hope of fine-tuning them for sensing purposes. His project is part of the Signal in the Soil; a UK-USA initiative whoes aim is to improve our understanding and management of our soils and find ways to preserve it.
Nikki Mansouri, PhD student (2020-2023)
Nikki joined the group in 2020 for her PhD with Dr Natalia Martsinovich and Dr Adrien Chauvet. She is currently working on graphene and graphene-based materials, with the hope of fine-tuning them for sensing purposes. Her project fits within the larger Signal in the Soil. The ultimate aim of this UK-USA collaboration is to improve our understanding and management of our soils and find ways to preserve it for our future generations.
Benedict Smith, PhD student (2020-2023)
Benedict Smith was awarded his MSc with distinction in green chemistry and sustainable industrial technology by the University of York in 2020. In the same year, he begins study for his PhD at the University of Sheffield co-supervised by Dr Adrien Chauvet and Dr Jonathan Foster. His research is a joint synthetic and spectroscopic study of the enhancement of the selectivity of graphene-based sensors by the addition of metal organic nanosheets for the realtime detection of phosphate and other small molecules in soil.
Ghada Salem Youssef Sasi, PhD student (2021-2024)Ghada obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Omar Al Mukhtar University, Derna, Libya in 2007, with honours (1st Prize, Merit). She then served as a research assistant and obtained her Master in Plant Physiology in 2019. Ghada is now working on Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) of plants, in collaboration between the departments of Chemistry, Animal and Plant Science, and Engineering.
Laraib Nisar, PhD student (2021-2025)Laraib joined the group in 2021. She is currently working on developing novel carbon-based electrodes for hydrogen fuel cells. Her work is in collaboration with Sheffield’s Energy Institute via Prof. Pourkashanian and Dr. Ismail.