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.
Dr.Sayantan Bhattacharya, Postdoctpral student (2019-2021)
Sayantan joined the group in March 2018. He is currently optimising different spectroscopy set ups; working on NOPA, MIIPS and microscopy-TA. His main project is to investigate the photo-physics of single porphyrins and metal-oxides thin films.
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.
Arthur Graf, PhD student (2018-2021)
Arthur joined the group in October 2017. He is currently working on the ultrafast transient spectroscopy (Helios) set up. The main project is to investigate the photo-physics of single porphyrins and metal-oxides thin films.
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.
Isobel Meikle, MSc student (2021-2022)
Isobel joined the group in 2021 and is currently working on series of Zn-OEP that have various degrees of oxidations; the goal being to evaluate the tunability of their inter system crossing and triplet lifetimes.
Rouven Maier, MSc student (2021-2022)
Rouven joined the group in 2021 as an Erasmus student from Germany. Rouven obtained his Bachelor in Chemistry at the Heidelberg Univeristy (2020), where he is also doing his Master in Chemistry… interested in physical and theoretical chemistry, especially regarding about spectroscopy