Group Members

Dr. Enrico Emer received his PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of Bologna in 2009, working on the temperature and water effects on organo- and biocatalysis, under the supervision of Prof. D. Giacomini. In the same year he moved to the National Council of Research (Italy) working on the synthesis and biological evaluation of new SARMs, for the treatment of prostate cancer. From 2010 to 2012 he joined the group of Prof. P. G. Cozzi as a postdoc, focusing on new SN1-type organocatalitic transformations. He is currently working on new metal-catalysed fluorinations.
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Dr. Sean Preshlock received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Tulane University. He then completed his PhD work under Prof. Milton R. Smith, III in collaboration with Prof. Robert E. Maleczka, Jr. at Michigan State University working on the stoichiometric and catalytic C-H borylation of arenes. Sean then joined the Gouverneur group in 2013 working on the fluorination of heteroaromatics.
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Dr. Janis Veliks received his BSc and MSc in Riga Technical University, Latvia. In October 2010, he joined the group of Prof. Jay S. Siegel at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and completed his PhD degree in March 2014. He worked in the area of supramolecular chemistry, coordination polymers and topologically complex molecules. In September 2014, he joined the Gouverneur group to work on transition metal-catalyzed hydrofluorination reactions.
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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. 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.