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Aktualisiert: 21. Juli 2023

Creating the daily online and print catalyzer has been a common effort of partners, team members, students and the editorial team. Here is our team of students in the spotlight - thank you!



Magdalena Lederbauer Magdalena started her Chemistry journey in the kitc- culinary laboratory, experimenting with beta-carotene in pumpkins (her favorite food) and polyphenols in gingerbread spice. After her active olympiad years for Austria in 2018-2020, she is now studying Chemistry at ETH Zurich with a focus on computational inorganic chemistry and contributing to IChO 2023 as an author. She is fascinated by how working together in a team can lead to amazing new projects - the catalyzer that you are reading right now and the campus that you are visiting this week being some of them. Hope you enjoy your stay in Zurich!



Jaime Martín Jaime Martín obtained his degree in Chemistry from the University of Valladolid in Spain, and completed his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza in 2020. Following his PhD, he pursued a postdoctoral research position in Switzerland, joining the group of Prof. Cristina Nevado at the University of Zurich, where his research has been focused on gold(III) chemistry. In 2021, he became a member of the Young Swiss Chemical Society representing the University of Zurich, and has actively participated in various activities related to academia and science communication. He has also taken on organizational responsibilities, including events such as the European Young Chemists' Meeting 2022 and the Swiss Snow Symposium 2023.



Marie-Désirée Scheidt Désirée obtained her MSc in Life Sciences at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Wädenswil and is currently a PhD candidate in the group of Prof. Stephan von Reuss at the University of Neuchâtel where she is focusing on the interface of chemical signaling, secondary metabolism, natural product chemistry, and total synthesis. Starting with her PhD, she joined the Young Swiss Chemical Society first as a representative for the University of Neuchâtel and then as Secretary and Vice-President. In these functions, she has actively contributed in the organization of several events as well as in communicating science to younger generations. She hopes to spark interest in chemistry as it is part of everything from living organisms to new technologies.



Stephanie M. Linker Stephanie holds a PhD in Computational Chemistry from ETH Zurich, where she focused on developing advanced permeability models for large drug molecules. She recently joined Merck as a GOglobal Data & Digital trainee where she develops cutting-edge computational models for the company’s digital chemistry section. Since 2019 Stephanie has been active in the youngSCS as Secretary and international delegate. Stephanie is a passionate science communicator who has published numerous articles on chemistry in journals, science communication platforms, and children's magazines.



Konstantina-Kalliopi Armadorou Konstantina obtained her BSc degree in Chemistry from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece and is currently performing her MSc degree in Molecular and Biological Chemistry at EPFL, supported financially by the Alfred Werner Scholarship. Her research focuses on optoelectronic devices, especially perovskite solar cells, in the group of Prof. Michael Grätzel. In the start of her MSc, she joined the Young Swiss Chemical Society as an EPFL representative and has recently joined the science communication subgroup. She is interested in bringing together knowledge from different scientific fields, creating an interdisciplinary domain, which she communicates in scientific journals and science communication platforms.



Eva Vandaele Eva studied chemistry at KU Leuven, Belgium with a focus on theoretical and computational chemistry, after she discovered the wondrous world of quantum chemistry during an exchange semester at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the group of prof. Luber at the University of Zurich (UZH). Her research interests include excited state dynamics and photocatalysis. Eva was vice-president of youngSCS in 2020-2022 and continues to share her passion for chemistry by co-leading the science communication team. She is also a board member of the International Younger Chemists Network and a volunteer for Women in Data Science Zurich.



Marie A. Perrin Marie decided to pursue Chemistry studies after a high school project which involved the synthesis of a thermochromic molecule (meaning it can reversibly change color with changing temperature!). She graduated from ENS Paris-Saclay (France) with a Master in Molecular Chemistry and after a stay at MIT (USA) she decided to start her PhD at ETH (Switzerland) in the group of Prof. Mougel. Her work involves the study of lanthanide complexes and their application to solve global issues such as nitrate pollution of water caused by intensive agriculture. More recently she has been working on a new way to recover these rare earth elements from electronic waste to help build a more circular economy. In parallel she joined the young Swiss Chemical Society in 2020 and is the current president.


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