Group Members

Stefan Verhoog completed his chemistry degree at the HU University of Applied Siences, Utrecht in 1999. In the same year, he started as a research chemist in the medicinal chemistry lab of Abbot Healthcare Products in Amsterdam where he worked on the synthesis of CNS-active compounds. After working in industry, he came back to academia and joined the Gouverneur Group in May 2011 for a short research project on fluorination of arenes, followed by DPhil project on electrophilic and radical trifluoromethylation chemistry.
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Dr Paolo Ricci received his PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of Liverpool in 2011, working on Rhodium-catalyzed Cycloaddition Reactions, under the supervision of Prof. P. A. Evans. In the same year, he moved to the Queen Mary University of London where he worked in the development of novel Pd-catalysed C-H activation reactions through arene-metal pi-complexation, under the supervision of Prof. Igor Larrosa. In January 2015 he joined the Gouverneur group where he is currently working on asymmetric organocatalytic fluorination reactions.
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Dr. Yanlan Wang did her Master degree on asymmetric catalysis with Prof. Wanbin Zhang in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2010 she moved to France to do PhD under the supervision of Prof. Didier Astruc at the University of Bordeaux 1. In 2013 Yanlan defended her PhD thesis on the reactivity of electrophilic iron, ruthenium and cobalt metallocenes towards the elaboration of nano materials. IIn 2014 she joined the research team of Prof. Max Malacria at ICSN-CNRS as a postdoc to work on a new project focused on the practical synthesis of all-metal homo and hetero-aromatics new species and the investigation on their physical and chemical properties. In November 2015, she joined Prof. Gouverneur’s group to work on the RADIOMI project as an Experienced Researcher.
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Dr. Sonia De Munari received her DPhil degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford in 2016, working on the synthesis and biological investigation of glycosylated macromolecular structures, under the supervision of Prof. B. G. Davis. In the same year, she joined the Gouverneur group and the Schneider group at the cardiovascular medicine division, where she is currently working on the design and application of MRI and PET-MRI probes for the imaging of the heart.
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Dr. Choon Wee Kee received his PhD from the National University of Singapore in 2014. He worked on photo-catalysed bromination and fluorination of C-H bond under the supervision of Prof Choon-Hong Tan, and independently studied the mechanism of several guanidine catalysed reactions via computational methods. He then was a research fellow under the supervison of Prof Ming Wah Wong. He joined the Gouverneur group in September 2016. His hobbies include playing the piano and programming.
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Lukas Pfeifer was the RADIOMI ESR1/DPhil student. He joined the Gouverneur group in January 2013, and passed his viva in 2017. His work is centred around the development of novel transition metal catalysed fluorination methodology. Apart from chemistry, he enjoys reading books, doing all sorts of sports, riding his motorcycle and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.
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Dr. Pavlina Schmitz graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. She studied the effects of ionising radiation on polymers, under the supervision of Prof. Simon Pimblott, in cooperation with the University of Notre Dame, USA. She worked as a Project Officer at the European Commission in Belgium prior to undertaking the post of Project Manager for RADIOMI.